Now that I'm a Christian, what do I do next?

Before you start this study, please follow this link to the study on the Fall of Man in this web site. This will give you some insight as to what happened in the beginning to cause us to become sinners in need of salvation through Christ Jesus. Then come back here, and continue, as what is written here will make more sense after you read the Garden of Eden study.



Being a new Christian can be a pretty confusing experience, one with many questions, and many varied answers. This particular study will hopefully help answer some of the basic questions you might have straight from the Scriptures.

But first, some advice........

Don't ever base your faith or salvation on feelings!!!!

There will be times in which you may not feel the presence of the Lord, or you may not have felt any different when you accepted Jesus than you did before you accepted Him. Don't worry, He's still there. As Job in the Old Testament noted;

JOB 23:8-10

8 Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold [him]: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see [him]:

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Basing your faith and salvation on emotional experience is dangerous, because feelings change like the weather. Also, relying on feelings precludes faith, for we believe in faith that God lives, and that He dwells within us when we accept Him. As the author of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament says;

HEBREWS 13:5

5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

(Note: "Conversation" means "lifestyle" in the Old King's English language.)

And concerning faith, God says;

HEBREWS 10:38

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

He has promised to dwell within us through His Holy Spirit, until we meet Him after death, or we see Him at His coming. In fact, there is no longer a need for an earthly Temple, as He considers our bodies to be His Temple!!! Note verse 16 below when he says;

2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-18

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Note: Belial is another name for Satan.

The set of verses above warn about the complicated issue of marriage of a believer to an unbeliever. This will be dealt with in a later study. I wanted to show in verse 16 that God has promised to dwell within us.

We must have faith to be a Christian. God is a spirit, and is therefore invisible. Why? Because if we were to see Him in His majesty, the sheer glory of His presence would instantly kill us. Even Moses, the great man of God with whom God spoke directly, wasn't allowed to see His face.

Moses had requested to see God's glory, but was told;

EXODUS 33:18-23

18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21 And the LORD said, Behold, [there is] a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

But He has left us reminders of His presence in all that we see around us, in the very order of what we see, from the smallest atomic particle, to the deepest depths of space. As the apostle Paul noted in his book to the Romans;

Romans 1:19-20

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Even the very intricacies of the human body speak of an intelligence which planned it's workings, despite those who believe in evolution. For example, there is a chemical in the body called linoleic acid, which is needed within red blood cells.

The molecule of the acid is too large to be absorbed through the cell walls, so the body breaks it up, inserts it within the cell, and reassembles it so it cannot get back out. Evolution? Or design? I'll choose design!

Evolutionists choose to believe that order came from chaos, whereas the second Law of Thermodynamics proves that everything goes from a more perfect state to a less perfect state over time. In other words the universe is running down.

So by this fact, order came first, and is slowly devolving into chaos, just as the Law of Thermodynamics states. Which means someone had to have established the order of all things in the first place!

Note that the apostle Paul states in the verses above that those who choose to disbelieve in God are without excuse before Him, for they willfully choose to ignore the evidence He has given us of His existence!

Is Satan real???

Very much so! The Bible speaks often of him, and he is the reason why things are the way they are today, with wars, crime, disease, death, and all of the misery, pain and suffering we see and experience in the world today. The study on the fall of man that I put the link to in the beginning of this study explains much of this concept.

Satan too is a spirit, which is why we can't see him, although there are a few who have seen him in appearance. His demons are also spirits, performing his wicked plans under his direction, and we must be aware of them also. Actually, Satan's biggest and most successful plan to date has been to make the world believe he doesn't exist. That way he can wreak the havoc he does, and people blame other reasons than him for it.

As you grow in the Lord, you'll learn more about him, and how to fight him. Which brings up my next point...

Don't always believe that when bad things happen to you, it's because you've done something wrong and God is punishing you!

As soon as you gave your heart to Jesus, you instantly became Satan's enemy, and therefore will be a target for him. God usually grants a "restraint period" after you accept Jesus before Satan is allowed to test you. And he WILL petition God to test you. As Scripture says;

JOB 1:1-22

1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

4 And his sons went and feasted [in their] houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5 And it was so, when the days of [their] feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings [according] to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

15 And the Sabeans fell [upon them], and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

16 While he [was] yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

17 While he [was] yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

18 While he [was] yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

JOB 2:1-10

1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine hand; but save his life.

7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

As you can see by the above verses, Satan complained to God that He had protected Job so that he, Satan couldn't afflict him. He also bet that if God would remove His protection from Job, he, Job, would curse God for any calamities that befell him.

God then let Satan afflict Job, but note carefully that He put strict limits on what Satan could do.

Note also, that Job had done nothing wrong, but God allowed his faith to be tested, so that those in Heaven and Earth could see the righteousness of Job during his time of trial.

Granted, we probably will not be tested to the point in which Job was, for Job was an example for the rest of us, but God allows us to be tested for several reasons.

One, is to show us where weak points in our faith are, so that we can work with Him to strengthen them.

Two, if we pass the test, we can show God, Satan, angels and demons that we are strong enough to resist Satan, and he loses face before the Throne of God, in the presence of God, and Satan's own demons. Guaranteed, Satan hates when that happens!

An example of the reasons for these tests was given when Jesus spoke with His disciples before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion. He spoke these words to His disciple Peter;

LUKE 22:31-34

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat:

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

And as Scripture records, Peter did indeed fail the test put to him by Satan. After Jesus' arrest, Scripture states;

LUKE 22:54-62

54 Then took they him, and led [him], and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.

55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.

57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this [fellow] also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.

60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

God allows us to be tested to show weaknesses in our faith that need to be dealt with. He is also a just God, and will many times grant Satan's petitions to test us. But, He also provides for us even during times of trial;

I CORINTHIANS 10:12-13

12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Note: Satan must always ask permission of God to test us. He cannot do anything on his own as far as we are concerned. And God doesn't always allow his requests. And if He does, He always puts limits on how far Satan can go, as we saw above with Job.

Jesus knows what we go through, in being tested. God allowed Satan to test His own Son for 40 days in the wilderness, as Jesus fasted (ate nothing) the entire time. Many people think that Jesus suffered only the three temptations recorded in the books of Matthew and Luke. Yet the book of Mark records;

MARK 1:9-13

9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

11 And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Note that Mark carefully states that Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, being tempted the entire time by Satan! Therefore Jesus was tested in every way that we are, and understands what we go through here on Earth. Note also, God puts limits on Satan as to how far he can test us, but Scripture doesn't record that there were limits placed on Satan when he tested Jesus. Therefore we will never be tempted or tested beyond what Jesus was.

Why did God allow Jesus to be tempted like we are? So that He could understand first-hand what we suffer in temptation, and in weakness. God in His love and mercy wouldn't allow us to suffer something that He Himself has not suffered also.

As the author of Hebrews assures us;

HEBREWS 4:14-16

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

This brings up another point. Note that verse 16 states that we are to boldly come before God's throne to ask for help. We are His children by adoption into His kingdom, therefore we have a greater right to come before Him and petition Him than Satan does.

BUT, we must be careful to come before Him in humility, not arrogance! Just as a child would come before their father to ask for something, even so must we behave in this matter. We have the right to enter His presence, but we must also remember that He is God, and we need to show Him the respect and reverence that He is due!

Concerning the temptation of Jesus, the author of Hebrews is even more bold in proclaiming;

HEBREWS 2:9-18

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

10 For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16 For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.

17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Note several things here!!!!!!!! Jesus isn't ashamed to call us His brethren! Through adoption by His Father, we are God's children, with Jesus as our "elder Brother". The kingdom was given to Jesus by God, and He has chosen to share it with us!

Note especially though, that in verse 17 and 18, He took on flesh so that He might understand firsthand what it was like to be human, with all of the frailties that come with being human. As such, He can help us in our temptations, having suffered the same temptations Himself, in greater magnitude.

In the book of Revelation, it is written;

REVELATION 12:7-12

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

This refers to a future event soon to come, in which Satan will be thrown out of Heaven to make his final stand on Earth before Jesus comes back to rule.

Note carefully that in verse 10, it states, "...the accuser of our brethren...." Again, Jesus considers us to be his brethren if we accept Him as our Savior!

Note also, some of us will suffer death as the final test of our faith. Therefore we need to count the cost of discipleship, as it is easy to believe in Jesus and follow Him when things are going well. The true test comes when affliction comes upon us!

Jesus spoke of these things when He said;

Matthew 13:1-23

1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

4 And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Verse 19 is also the reason why we need to read God's Word continually, as Satan will try to take away what we have learned. If we keep reading, he can't take it away as easily, and it remains with us. Also we become stronger in faith and understanding, and know the difference between truth and error.

Jesus also said concerning discipleship;

LUKE 14:26-33

26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Now, Jesus didn't mean verse 26 literally. He was making a point of relationships, in which He must come first in all things. And He also didn't mean that we should bear a literal cross. He meant that we should be prepared to suffer in life, as we will be targets of Satan and the world. He never said that things would be easy here on Earth. But He HAS promised He would stay with us, and help us through whatever happens. As a poster I once saw stated: "God promises a safe destination, but not a calm passage."

Sounds unnerving, doesn't it? It's not as bad as it appears. Please understand, that as you grow in Jesus, you will come to a greater understanding of these things. And as you mature in faith, you will be able to withstand the trials that Satan will throw at you.

Be sure to keep reading God's Word, especially the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Don't worry if you don't understand everything written there. Learning the Scriptures is a life-long journey! :)

Besides, God will help you in your understanding of His word. As the book of James in the New Testament states;

JAMES 1:5-8

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.

Note that James says faith is required when we ask things of the Lord.

Jesus Himself confirmed this when He said;

MATTHEW 21:22

22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Finally,

If you sin, and you will, you don't need to re-accept Jesus again!!!

Accepting Jesus as your Savior brings Him into your heart forever. As we have seen above, He will never leave us, or abandon us. He knows that we are human, and still in the flesh. Only after death are we free from our sin nature. As the apostle Paul observed in his letter to the Roman believers;

ROMANS 6:7

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Jesus has cleansed our spirits from sin, but our bodies are still sinful, therefore we are still subject to temptation, as sin can only attack the flesh, but our spirits pay the consequences. For example, without a body, how can you lust? But the consequences of sin are spiritual. This issue will be dealt with in a later study.

He will never leave us, BUT we CAN drive Him out of our lives if we continue in sin!

What I mean, is if we continue to indulge in favorite sins, we will eventually drive Jesus out, and will quench the Holy Spirit within our lives. If we do this and die in our sins, we will be sentenced along with the sinners. As He told His disciples;

Matthew 24:44-51

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

46 Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

49 And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,

51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Note that Jesus says we are to remain faithful, or we will be assigned a place with the hypocrites in Hell.

There is a poisonous doctrine being taught saying essentially "Once we are saved, we are always saved". The Scriptures above show that this isn't true! We cannot live in active sin after accepting Jesus, and still expect to go to Heaven!

Granted we WILL sin, as we will not be made perfect until after death. God understands this. But as long as we confess our sin before the Lord, and turn away from sin, He will forgive us, and we will be restored in fellowship with Him. Only He knows at what point He can no longer remain in our lives because of active indulgence in sin. He will always be there when we turn to Him in repentance though, and will forgive us.

But be warned, there will be consequences to be expected. For example, if you catch AIDS because of immorality, and you ask for God's forgiveness for the act which caused you to contract the disease, He will forgive you, but you will still die from the disease.

As Scripture states;

GALATIANS 6:7-9

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

And don't believe that you can sin so greatly that He will reject you. There is only one sin that will not be forgiven, and that is calling the Holy Spirit a demon, or saying that the works of the Holy Spirit are the works of Satan.

As Scripture records;

MATTHEW 12:22-33

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, This [fellow] doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit.

Note: By "fruit", Jesus meant "works", or actions. A righteous person will perform righteous acts, a corrupt person will not.

In closing..........

I hope that this study has helped with some questions you might have. I know it all sounds frightening, and even impossible, but it is not. God is faithful, and He will help you grow into a deeper understanding of these things.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask, as I consider the only dumb questions are the ones that are not asked! :)

But above all, don't take what I say for fact! PLEASE, research it for yourselves! Be satisfied in your own mind that these things are true!

Far, far too many people don't verify what they are taught against the Scriptures, which is why we have so many weird and in many cases, un-Scriptural doctrines being taught as if they were God's commandments. That is why Jesus gave us this careful warning;

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Sadly enough, many people will hear these terrible words at the day of Judgment. They will think they have followed Jesus' commandments, when in reality they were following man-made doctrines, or twisted versions of His commandments. That's why He gave us His Word, so we can distinguish between truth and error.

That is also why I back up everything I write in my studies with Scripture in context, so that people can see for themselves what the Scriptures have to say about the issue.

May Jesus guide you in your walk with Him, and may He provide you with the wisdom to discern between truth and error! And may He keep you safe until He comes for us, or we are called home to be with Him forever!

In Christ Jesus,

Watchmen



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