We do as God does, Part 3

God, in His glorious love, explained His ways and His Kingdom to us in the Bible in a way we can understand.  In physical, every day life we do many of the same things we find in the Bible (see We do as God does, Part 1 and We do as God does, Part 2).  For example,

#  Entrance or Immigration Requirements

  • When we want to work for a desirable company, join an elite force or immigrate to another country, we have to fulfill certain requirements.  
  • Similarly we cannot just walk into God’s Kingdom.  There are entrance requirements to pass out of the kingdom of darkness into God’s Kingdom of Light (from the broad road onto the narrow road).  We need to repent (confess our sins), to believe in Jesus (accept His forgiveness), to be baptized in water (a symbol that we bury the old life to live the new life), and to receive the Holy Spirit.  

#  Personal Trainer

  • Often people will get a life coach, gym instructor or some other advisor.  
  • God gives to everyone in His Kingdom a personal Instructor who is with and in each of His children 24/7 to prepare us for life with Him.  It is the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, Guide and Comforter. 

There truly is little in the Bible that we are not familiar with.

We do as God does, Part 2

The Bible is not about religion but about reality.  There is little in the Bible that we are not familiar with (please see We do as God does, Part 1).  For example,

#  Laws and a constitution

  • Our countries all have laws and a constitution.  Their purpose is to help protect society and ensure the stability of the country.   
  • It is the same in God’s Kingdom.  He has laws that His citizens need to obey and the Bible is God’s Constitution.

#  Penalties for broken laws

  • We are familiar with police officers, court cases and jails for people who break the law.  
  • God has His justice system.  He has a very precise book keeping system about all we do here on earth.

#  The Court Case

  • Constitutions and laws must be written for all the citizens to see.  The Constitution acts as the standard of conduct.  If we break the laws, we have to appear before a judge.  
  • God’s Constitution is written in the Bible.  His Book reveals His White Throne Judgement where all people will appear.

#  The Jail System

  • Do we like it if a murderer is at large in our society and endangers the lives of innocent individuals?  No, we remove him and lock him up in gaol. 
  • God plans to remove all people who will spoil the peace, safety and harmony of His Kingdom and to confine them in the eternal ‘jail.’ 

#  Freedom after completed punishment 

  • A person does his jail sentence for a crime, but when he has paid the penalty, he goes free.  
  • The glory of God’s system is that Jesus paid for our ‘crimes’ so we can go free!  It is called forgiveness.  Hallelujah!

To be continued…. 

How to become holy

Holiness is essential for us to ever see the Lord’s face.  (See Be Holy)  The Israelites under the Old Covenant failed.  God nailed the problem, 

‘Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear Me and keep all My commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children for ever!’  Deuteronomy 5:29

For us, under the New Covenant, Jesus made it possible to become holy, 

‘In Him [Jesus] you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men, but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.’  Colossians 2:11-12

What is holiness?

Jesus changes a person’s heart.  Holiness has to do with attitudes like love, loyalty, peace, harmony, et cetera.  They are all matters of the heart.  Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be the Counsellor and Teacher.  He helps to ‘clean’ us up so we can live as God wants, to enable us to achieve God’s required holiness.  

‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ Colossians 3:12-13

Scripture has much more to say about it.  Suffice to say that holiness makes an eternal Kingdom of peace and harmony possible.  And through Jesus it is attainable.

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