Question? How can I know if I am truly saved? How can I know my faith is genuine?
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Looking for God’s light in someone and recognizing the light in everyone is totally different. Jesus taught that straight and narrow was the way into HIS Kingdom and only a few would find it. In John 3 Jesus taught that we were all born dead spiritually and need a new birth from above which only can come through HIM. So from my point of view I need to have a loving tolerance for everyone and the very best way to get rid of an enemy is to make a friend out of him. But for those who love the darkness after the first and second or even 3rd try, if they will have none of the light, go do something more profitable for the Kingdom even if family. As far as personal safety, I try to trust the LORD and be fearless in HIM. As far as my family is concerned for their protection, I will do all I can to keep them safe. The commandment that was translated not to kill really means murder. “Thou shalt not murder.” In fact on the mount of olives Jesus told Peter to buy a sword, Luke 22:36. So personally, I feel the Quakers go a notch too far in their tolerance. I was a “friends” church member for a season. But if you enjoy the light of the Holy Spirit it gets brighter as it is shared in lifting up Jesus as LORD. If you can not find it in the Bible then you are probably following a vain (prideful, man-made) tradition that will not work and has little or no power, Acts 5:16, 2 Tim.3:5.
At one time the Angels had free will as we do as spiritual beings.. Lucifer was a perfect creation by our Creator God as also Gabriel and Michael. Lucifer, as the covering (overseer) Angel for earth, decided to keep earth for himself and become a god, Isaiah 14:12–21 & Ezek. 28:12–19, So Lucifer did as Adam would also do later. And in God’s absolute foreknowledge, our Creator God has also allowed us that same testing of pride and rebellion. Gabriel and Michael made an eternal choice to go with their Creator God along with 2/3rds of the Angels. So our Creator gained 2/3rds of HIS Spiritual Angelic Creation. In order for love to exist there must be free will and the decision is final and eternal for us as it was for the Angels. So the Angles are created to assist God and us as we seek to walk in God’s Truth. In the AMP Translation, Angel is mentioned 333 times in using Bible Gateway. In Heb.1:4 Jesus is shown to be above the Angels. And as we are invited to be in Him and become Joint Heirs ( Rom.8:17, Eph. 3:6 ) which would put the obedient also in the same place with Jesus. So the obedient Angels are created to assist us as we go through the test of our faith in becoming like Jesus. And the disobedient angels, (now demons) are allowed now, to be the weights in our spiritual gym to give the resistance needed to make us strong in Christ Jesus as LORD. So it is our decision with God’s grace (power) that draws us into the Kingdom of God to become like Jesus, 1 John 4:17. And as long as we are alive we will be in this spiritual gym that either makes us strong to live with God or sends us off into a black eternity without a body. We have an eternal soul, we are created spiritually to live forever. The choice of where, while alive, is up to us. Only those who decide to love God will be given a new eternal body. This is, of course, a Biblical, Christian perspective. Think about it, living totally with your own thoughts and memories without a body in total darkness for eternity. I would not want my worst enemy to experience that ordeal.
So the Christians Disciples of Jesus are commanded to evangelize. Psalm 107:2, “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His compassion and loving kindness endure forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary, And gathered them from the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the [a] south. Rev. 22:17, “The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, believers) say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost. Matt. 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” John 17:20-26, “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me. I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them,
Yours, in HIS great love, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
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