Summary: The religion of Jesus and teh powerful presence of the Holy Spirit of God
Because we are the children of God, our salvation is at the center of our faith in and walk with God. Jesus was sent by God to seek and save us while we were still lost in our sins. Although, we were sinners God still loved us enough to allow His only Son to die for us on the cross. Because of this divine sacrifice, we now possess a guarantee of salvation. The only requirement is that we put our faith and trust in what God has provided for our salvation. God has given us a way to get off the path that leads to destruction. We have been placed on the path to righteousness. Jesus tells us in the Scripture, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come unto the Father except by me.” Jesus came to show us this way. The way lies in the truths He taught and lived while on this earth. The way lies in the truth, that He was willing to die on the cross for our sins. His blood cleanses us so the Holy Spirit of God can live in our hearts. God chose us a long time ago to be His children. Therefore, because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the Holy Spirit of God can now come in to our hearts. He can now empower us to be the mighty men and women of God. The question is ‘ Can you believe it?’
The Holy Spirit of God is placed in our hearts to reveal the truths of God to us. He teaches us about the ways of God. He empowers us to do the will of God. Once we accept the message of the Gospel, we are reborn into the family of God by our trust in and belief of what God has already promised. We gain the hope of eternal life with God. We are also given the power and the tools needed to do what God chose us to do. Because of our rebirth and the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, we experience joy in the midst of our sufferings. We experience this joy not just, because we suffer. We experience this joy because we have a divine guarantee that our walk on earth will end with us living in heaven. In heaven, we shall reign with Christ. Nevertheless, this guarantee or salvation is not given to us because of anything we do. This salvation or spiritual rebirth is ours when we decide to take God at His word. John 3: 16 states, ‘ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.’ God has done the giving. Now, we must do the receiving. God has sent Jesus to rescue us from our sins. Now, can you believe it?
Therefore, we receive what God has provided by doing what Jesus and His disciples teach us through the Scriptures. When we practice the ways of Jesus, we are given the Holy Spirit of God. Likewise, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, we experience God for ourselves. As we experience the presence of God, we will begin to understand the religion of Jesus. The religion of Jesus is about knowing God. It is not about knowing of God. It is about knowing God. We can only know God when we experience God personally through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. His Spirit leads, guides, and teaches us everything we need to do for God. His Spirit empowers us to do these things. The ideals Jesus taught was so radical to the organized religious society, that it cost Him his life. The religion of Jesus is not about rules and regulations. It is not about efforts and good deeds. The religion of Jesus is not about going to a temple or any man made building. Jesus lives in and taught total dependence on God and absolute obedience to Him. That is the religion of Jesus. Now, can you believe it?