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How to be saved?


Such question once were asked by a young man way back in time of Christ earthly ministry (Matthew 19:17), Christ reply is

"If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

Notice the answer of Christ? He did not advise the young man to join to a particular denomination of his day such as those of the Pharisees, Sadducees or Essenes. He rather advise him to "keep the commandments" of God, thereby implying that a man made religion or sect (only two religion was founded by God, formerly the Judaism, later replaced by Christianity which both fell to divisions) does not really count, what matter is obedience to God's will.

So, the vital question is: what is the will of God? Jesus said, "you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 19:18,19) He also said, "he that loveth father and mother more than me is not worthy of me." (10:37) In addition, the apostles said: "abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality." (Acts 15:29) In Corinthians 6:9,10 the list includes fornication, idolatry, homosexuality, covetousness, drunkenness, revelries, and extortion. In Ephesians 4:31 and 5:4, the admonition includes avoidance of bad words, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, filthiness, foolish talking, and coarse jesting. Also, uncleanness, lewdness, witchcraft, contentions, divisions, sects, and jealousy. (Galatians 5:19,21) On the other hand, John in his epistle, remind us "not to love the world, neither the things in it...for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and pride of life, is not of the Father. (1John 2:15,16)

Ultimately, the will of God was to give: "above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection." (Colossians 3:14 KJV; Matthew 19:21)

Resurrection

The young man mentioned in Matthew 19:17 is a rich man. This man has his name already written in the Book of Life for when Jesus says to him "If you want to enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS;" his reply is "all these things I HAVE KEPT from my youth" (Matthew 19:20) which means: he is worthy of life.

But although written in the Book of Life, the young man's name is not written in Lamb's Book of Life, for when he ask Jesus "what do I still lack?" and Jesus answered him to "go, sell what you have and give to the poor," with an invitation to become his follower, the rich young man leave Jesus.

Jesus thus said "Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven" indicating that the young man will not benefit the first resurrection. "Many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first." (Matthew 19:24-30)"

SECOND RESURRECTION

Revelation 20:4-6 implied that there are first and second resurrection. First resurrection belongs to the just, second resurrection belongs to the unjust. "there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust." (Acts 24:15) The second resurrection will occur after the millennium reign of Christ. This resurrection will be the resurrection of the unholy -referring to the people who took the will of God lightly and those who take it seriously but without faith in Christ (Romans 10:2*). They will be resurrected along with Satan. In Revelation 20:8 it was said that their number is as the sand of the sea. The one Satan will use in his final attempt to ruin the holy ones of God.

In verse 12*, it was shown that although their names were written in the Book of Life, they are not written in the lamb's Book of Life (21:27 NIV*). Thus their prospect of eternal life is certain only if they stand with Christ in the ultimate judgment day. People who turn to Christ on that day are the ones that embodied the second fruit as oppose to the survivor of Armageddon together with those that benefit the first resurrection which were the first fruit. (1Cor. 15:16-20; 1Tes. 4:13-18; Rev. 7:13-17; 14:4)

FIRST RESURRECTION

The first resurrection on the other hand will happen at the end of this present system of things. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other...For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (Matthew 24:29-31; 1Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Who will benefit the first resurrection? According to Revelation 20:6 they are the holy one of God, "blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power." Who are they? They could be the faithful people in time before Christ such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Prophet Daniel etc. (Daniel 12:13) and the faithful Christians in time of Christ (Christ Era). Among these are the apostles and the rest of the faithful Christians down to our day (Matthew 8:11).






Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. --James 1:17