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He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do alsoÖYou will find those words in John Chapter 14 verse 12. Red letters.Of course, being that those are the words of the Savior,  we have to take them literally. He said, if we believe on him we will do the same works that he did, and in fact, we would do even greater works. But how could that be? Greater works than raising people from the dead? Turning water into wine, healing lepers, blind people, making the weather obey? Are these the works that Jesus was referring to? Well, if those were the works then we have fallen way short of his command. Nobody has surpassed him in those types of works, so he must have been referring to something else.Hereís the question; What was the main work that Jesus came to do? Did he come to do miracles for the sake of the miracles? Is it about miracles or is it about something else?Did Jesus die on the cross so that we could perform miracles?In Luke 17:12 through 19 we find the story of Jesus healing ten lepers. He told them to go show themselves to the high priest, and as they walked away, the healing began to manifest. One of the ten, began to give Glory to God. He came back and fell at Jesus feet, giving thanks. This leper, of the ten, received his salvation. The other ten were healed physically, but missed the main point.The main point is repentance leading to salvation. Jesus lived, suffered and died to bring salvation to the world. He came to us with a purposeJohn 3:16-17 For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish, but have ever lasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.Jesus established his purpose, made it loud and clear with his last will and testament, his final commands. Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15-20, Matthew 28:19-20 Under the power of the Holy Ghost, we will go into all the world, preach the gospel and then make disciples. That is a summery of those verses. The heart of God, the will of God, the purpose of Jesus living, dying and then ascending into heaven to rule and reign until he returns again to judge the world. Those that believe not are judged already. The believers will be judged according to their works. Some will find out on that day that they were living a lie, that they are not going to heaven. Our works donít save us, but the works are evidence of our relationship with God. James 2:26 as the body without the spirit is dead, so then, faith without works is dead also. So lets get back to the main subject.Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.19 ∂ So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. AmenThe disciples went forth preaching repentance, cast out devils laid hands on the sick.Notice he said that these signs would follow them that believe. The signs would follow. The main thing is salvation. What does it gain a man to heal him and then afterwards he goes to hell.It baffles me to no end, how that so many can believe God enough to pray out loud for healings, to meet the physical financial needs, even to pray for the salvations of family members or friends. And yet not believe enough to obey the basic command, go into all the world and preach the gospel. People sit in church and proclaim who they are in Christ. They quote all the bless me scriptures, I am the head and not the tail, no weapon formed against me shall prosper, I am his beloved, my God shall supply all my need. They say that they are in Christ, but donít even know what that means. Jesus said in   Luke 6:46 Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things that I say?Matthew 15:8 These people draw near to me with their mouths, and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching for commandments the doctrines of men.In Mark, Chapter 6, starting with verse 7, we see Jesus commissioning the disciples for the first time.Mark 6:7 ∂ And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; 8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.We concentrate on the teachings of Jesus, when we should be concentrating on his actions. After all, we are followers of Christ. We are to do the same works that he did, the same works that the disciples did. Paul says in 1 Cor 11 that we should imitate him as he imitates Christ. Paul went from city to city, preaching the gospel. He lived, suffered and finally died for the gospel. Once he had received the revelation of who Christ was on the road to Damascus, he never stopped from that moment on. The question is, have you received your revelation? Who is Christ to you? Is he really Lord of your life, or some part time accessory. Are you a born again, spirit filled child of the most high God? Is it religion or relationship?Remember Jesus words,Luke 6:46 Why call ye me Lord, Lord and do not the things that I say.John 41:21 He that has my commands and keeps them, he it is that loveth me. He that loveth me shall be loved by the Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.John 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.Itís really black and white, as plain as day. You either are or youíre not. If he is not your Lord, then he cannot be your Savior. That is why it is so important that we establish what the works  that Jesus did. What is the main work. What is the purpose of Christianity?Practically speaking, we are to lay hands on the sick, cast out demons. We love people in the name of Jesus, help the poor, the widows and orphans in their affliction. As we preach the gospel, share Jesus in one on one situations. We look for those who are broken down, stressed and in need. We look for opportunities to give of our selves, to be servants. Jesus empowered his disciples so that they could cast out demons. A person under the direct influence of a demonic spirit cannot hear the gospel. 2 Cor 4:3-4 So he gave them power to cast out demons. He gave them power to heal as a verification that they were from God. As a sign. But the purpose, the goal, was salvation.Mt 7:15 ∂ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.John 15:1-8 ∂ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.I love to let the scripture do the talking. Itís not about what I think. Itís not some opinion that Iíve manufactured out of my own bias or imagination. Itís was Jesus said. Obviously, Jesus expected that we would bare fruit for the kingdom. The kind of fruit he was referring to is changed lives, souls for the kingdom.2Cor 13:5 Examine your self to see if you are of the faith, prove your own self. Know ye not how that Christ Jesus is in you except ye be reprobate.Do you remember the parable of the fig tree that the Lord cursed? Why would he give such a parable? The tree looked good from a distance, but upon closer examination, it had no fruit. He cursed it and it withered away and died. Matthew 21:19-21Again, the parable of the talents. The Lord, going on a journey, called his servants together and entrusted them with a certain amount of money. 5 to one, 2 to another and 1 to the last. According to their ability. The Lord left for a season. When he returned, the first 2 had multiplied the money that was entrusted them. The Lord told them both, enter in my good and faithful servant. But the last, took his money and buried it. He returned the Lords money. But the Lord was angry, called him a wicked servant. Told him that at the least he should have put it in the bank so that it would have drawn interest. The Lord called him a wicked servant, and cast him into outer darkness. Matthew 25:14-30Again, I ask you to think. Why would the Lord give us such a parable?                                      In Revelations chapters 2 and 3, we see the Lord giving exhortations to the churches. 7 churches, 7 different messages. With each church, we need to examine our own hearts and see how his message applies to us. If he is warning the church in Laodicea for being lukewarm, then I have to ask myself, am I lukewarm?  The church in Ephesus, lost their first love. Have I lost my first love? I always tell people, salvation is a free gift from God, it cost you nothing. But after you have it  cost you everything. He wants your whole lifeJesus came as a loving forgiving Savior. He gave everything so that we might be saved. But heís coming back as a judge. He has warned us through out the scripture what he expects of us. He has given us commands.Rev 22:12 Behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me, to give every man according to his works shall be.So hereís the question. Why are you a Christian? What is a Christian? What do Christians do? You need to answer those questions for your self.Matthew 5:20 except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and the Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heavenMatthew 7:21 Jesus says, not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which in is heaven.Matthew 7:13 enter in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the path the leads to destruction, and many be that go in there at. Straight is the gate and narrow is the path the leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.Matthew 16:24 Jesus said unto his disciples, if any man would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.Mark 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.Every man has an awareness of God. This may not seem so now, but this was a Christian nation at one time. Every city has multiple churches. Christianity is a social thing. Men know that they should come to God, so they go just close enough to pacify the conscious. With little or no persecution itís easy to play the casual Christian. There is no price to pay. But, if we faced what the early church faced, it would be a whole different thing. If naming your self a Christian could possibly cost you your life, your job, your family, would you still be showing up on Sundays? I think, that if itís not real enough for you to obey God now, that it wonít be real enough for you to be willing to sacrifice your life if  a real persecution came.If there really is a hell that people go to that donít know Jesus. If you really believe that Jesus died for you so that you wouldnít have to go there. If you really believe these things, then you have to act on it. Jesus commanded us to go. You have no choice. Either you are a follower of Christ or youíre not.Iíve had different pastors tell me in the past, that I canít tell people, just because they donít witness they are not saved. I believe that Jesus says it. He defines what a disciple is.Salvation is not some mental accent, magic prayer that makes you into a Christian. Going to the altar is like entering into a marriage. You exchange vows, but then you have to live it out. Jesus says that we have to be born again to enter into the kingdom. If any man is born again, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, all things become new. We will bare fruit, we will glorify God in our lives.Salvation is a gift. Nothing you can do to earn it.Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are you saved through faith, not that of yourself, it is a gift of God. Not of works least any man should boast.We receive the gift freely, but afterwards it cost us everything. It cost Jesus everything, and we are following him. Lay down your life, take up the cross and follow him.We give people a formula, based on Romans 10:9-10 Confess and believe. But parroting someone elseís words does not guarantee that a true salvation takes place.2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. I just donít believe that we should have to assure anyone that they are saved. If they seem to be questioning their salvation, they are probably not saved.When you are saved, you will turn from your sin. You may still have occasional desires for things that were habitual in your life, but whom the Son sets free is free indeed.Another very strong evidence of your Salvation, will be a desire to share what you have with others. Itís almost a given. Christians share their faith. They separate themselves from the world. When a person seems to me to have little or no concern for the lost, then I personally will wonder if they are really saved.I am going to close with this statement. A true Christian is a disciple, a follower of Christ.  John 8:31-32 then said Jesus to those Jews that believed. If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


 
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