KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:40 KJV “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”.
Religion specialises in producing adherents to various doctrines, teachings and observing certain ordinances. It is the aspiration and actually the demand of the teachers of such religions that, to be acceptable to God or the supreme being, your good works must exceed your wrongs. The Lord Jesus gives a different view outrightly. He said He came to bring man life. Man had a fundamental problem from the beginning. In Genesis 2:17, the Lord said to our first parents that, they could eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree that gave knowledge of good and evil they should not eat. On the day they ate it they would die. This death was a departure of the presence or life of God in them. They did eat and so they lost this presence of God. The presence of God is also called the glory of God. Romans 3:23
The need of man is a restoration of the life of God.
Jesus said, you would not come to me, that you might receive the life of God. The Lord Jesus gave His life to give men life or the glory of God.
He said I came that ye might have life, and have it more abundantly.
Men are lost. Let’s consider a condition that shows how men are lost. The apostle Paul writes as follows. Romans 7:9 KJV “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” He says the absence of divine life in him, exposed his weakness. There are even some people who call themselves Christians, yet are struggling with all manner of sins.
The mystery of Christianity is Christ living in you. (Colossians 1:27, Galatians 2:20)
Dear reader these things I am discussing are for real. We are not just talking about following certain doctrines or teaching, but Jesus personally walking, talking and living through you.
He said I stand at the door and knock, if any man would open the door of his or her heart, I will come in and eat with him and you with me. Revelation 3:20. It is a life of power over sicknesses, sin and Satan.
It is a life of love for all men, even those who hate you. It is a life of peace because He comes with His peace. These have been proven experiences, over and over again. I am a living witness to these things and there are many who can testify to walking in this realm of life. What you need is the very life of the resurrected Jesus Christ in you. Religion without Jesus is a mirage, you need reality.
My life has been supplanted by the life of Jesus. He is presently at home in me. I am victorious over sin, sicknesses and Satan. I am a Son of God, a servant of men, and a *master*over Satan.
THOUGHT: RELIGION WITHOUT JESUS IS A MIRAGE, YOU NEED REALITY
John 10:10 KJV “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.
Matthew 20:28 KJV “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”