|5:11||And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.|
|5:12||He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.|
|5:13||These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.|
Today is new comers’ Sunday for the first half of 2016 when we have worship with new comers who are invited here. There’s no coincidence in God. God’s will and plan is to have you enter the blessing of salvation in the world. There is only one way to receive eternal life that God planned. That’s why today’s title is the only way of eternal life. I bless you to realize the only way of eternal life that the Bible indicates and to be born again as God’s child getting rid of all your prejudices, stereotypes and biases in the name of Jesus Christ.
When we look at the way people live their life, they all fall into problems of birth, old age, sickness, and death, the four phases of life regardless of their sex, age, financial status and social position. Why do we face incessant problems in life and always have concerns? Originally, humans were not supposed to live this way. Humans were created in God’s image and were made to be happy with God. This is what we call fundamental problem. All humans’ identity have been turned into Satan's since we turned our back on God and we cannot help worshiping idol—what we called religion—while serving as a Satan's slave. From that time, we have to live with ourselves tied to fortune and destiny. Finally, it is natural for us to suffer all sorts of spiritual problem and physical problem with unclear cause. And then, we die and go to hell. These are the 6 states of unbelievers.
Therefore, God who so loved us made one way to escape from this and that way was Jesus Christ.(John 3:16 ,Acts 4:12 and John 14:6) The blessing of eternal life and salvation are only in Jesus Christ. Jesus means Savior and Christ means the anointed. The prophet, priest, and king= the way to meet God, set free from sin, breakdown Satan’s power and set us free. This is the greatest news and the core contents of the Gospel. And receiving Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life is called acceptance. When you accept Jesus Christ who is the solution to all problems as your Lord and then you will become a child of God.
“Father God, I am a sinner. I have lived my life the way I wanted until now. But now I believe that Jesus is the Christ who died on the cross and resurrected to forgive all my sins. I open up my heart and receive Jesus as my savior and my lord. Please come into my heart and guide md forever. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen.”
I sincerely congratulate you becoming a child of God. Now, nothing changed visibly. You cannot see things like air, mind, and spirit. You become a child of God from a child of devil. You are no longer a slave of the devil, now you can worship God. Now the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit protects and guides you. Especially, you can enjoy the blessing of answers of prayer if you pray in Jesus Christ`s name. And you cannot go to hell. Now you have a heavenly citizenship. You are a guaranteed person. And you can receive help form angels. These are the 7 blessing of the believer.
You should live your walk of faith having 5 assurances to be able to realistically enjoy these blessings. Assurance of salvation (1John 5:11-13) and assurance of forgiveness (Rom. 8:1-2) And live your Christian life with this assurance of answered prayer. Then the lifestyle of victory naturally takes place. It`s the assurance of victory. And God guides our lives with us forever. It`s the assurance of guidance. With the 5 assurances mentioned above, you can live a winning life even if you have worries, anxiety, or fear.
A theologian has said, “If you want to change and grow up, you should know the way of saying goodbye.” What does this mean? This means that we, as children of God who believe in Jesus Christ, have to say goodbye to our past and obstacles that get in our way to grow our faith, and we ought to get out of there. Spiritually speaking, letting your old nature go and experiencing novelties in Christ are what Christian believers do. It is not easy for people to change their old nature. And it is a matter of course for newcomers. For this reason, God has made us a community, which is called “church.” Being together in church, we can grow up spiritually. May all of Yewon believers and newcomers have a solid spiritual foundation, walk a life of faith overflowing with energy and live a winning life.