© 2021 Warren L. Johns. All Rights Reserved.
Jesus Christ, “the way, the truth, and the life,”
exemplifies perfect love and absolute morality in action.
His ministry, excruciating death on the cross, and miraculous
resurrection offers the prescription that replaces the sin virus,
with “abundant” living today and a forever life tomorrow.
“Christ, the Source of Life” by Nathan Greene, ©, All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission
“God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ,
even when we were dead in transgressions—
it is by grace you have been saved.”
The Apostle Paul painted a bleak picture of an end-time world, shrouded in a deteriorating cultural environment.
“But mark this: there will be terrible troubles in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power.” II TIMOTHY 3:1-5
Wicked hearts, awash in sin, inspire evil, hatred, violence, and mass harvests of human death. Mankind cries out for “peace, peace but there is no peace.” Without God at the center of the equation, the agony of suffering, betrayal and death delivers sin’s devastating wages.
In the midst of a corrupted culture, drowning in “terrible times,” our Creator welcomes the opportunity to transform the most broken-hearted, failed human life into a new identity of victorious goodness. Once invited, our God will “create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within” the most-vile, debauched human being.
Jesus, the “Author of life,” urged followers to experience a personal, “born again” transformation by inviting the Holy Spirit to recreate and rebuild a shattered life. Christ’s words to his disciples: “For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” ACTS 1:5
A brand name religious organization may point you toward the truth about God, but Christ made it clear only two categories of people are recognized by the King: the good, those “baptized with the Holy Spirit” and the evildoers. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’” MATTHEW 25:34
The simple beauty of this new-person ID does not result from superficial religiosity. A proforma, cosmetic form of “godliness” doesn’t do it. Heaven’s gates will open wide only if the Holy Spirit guides and shapes the storyline.
Isaiah exposed the paucity of ritualized religion.
“Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths, and convocations—
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
“Your New Moon festivals and appointed feasts,
My soul hates.
They have been a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
“When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide my eyes from you;
Even if you offer many prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood,
Wash and make yourselves clean.”
The new Christian life experiences a radical personality transformation that intuitively reacts with a lifestyle that shines with joy, “abundant” living and an unprecedented “peace that passes all understanding.” The new Christian’s presence astounds peers with its resume of goodness described by Paul, a living, walking, breathing example of a personal revolution.
“Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” GALATIANS 5:22, 23 “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” COLOSSIANS 3:12,13
Living Christianity offers a highly personal relationship experience with God. All it takes is the seed of faith planted in your heart; the breathtaking relief of genuine repentance; and taking that first step into the footprints carved by Jesus. From that moment on, the Holy Spirit inspires a victorious lifetime of growing in grace.
As long as the least fragment of our “born again” future life continues walking in the footsteps of Jesus, any shortfall in word or deed will be covered by Christ’s robe of perfect righteousness. It’s not the occasional good or bad word, or deed, that determines destiny, but the direction taken. Heaven’s gates remain open wide, 24/7. Assurance of entry into God’s Everlasting Kingdom is absolute, guaranteed by Christ’s death on the cross. It’s a win/win for even the most deplorable sinner.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.” II CORINTHIANS 5:17 “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” REVELATION 14:12
Warren LeRoi Johns, JD