Immersion in both God’s Word and in the Holy Spirit are mandatory for every Christian…
There are numerous places in the Bible that makes this very clear, that a Christian is not just someone who is one in name only (Mat 16:25, Luke 16:33, 1 John 2:6); who carries the label alone, without any corresponding Fruit.
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
Jesus teaches union with himself
1-8 “I am the real vine, my Father is the vine-dresser.
He removes any of my branches which are not bearing fruit and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit to increase its yield.
Now, you have already been pruned by my words. You must go on growing in me and I will grow in you.
For just as the branch cannot bear any fruit unless it shares the life of the vine, so you can produce nothing unless you go on growing in me.
I am the vine itself, you are the branches. It is the man who shares my life and whose life I share who proves fruitful.
For the plain fact is that apart from me you can do nothing at all.
The man who does not share my life is like a branch that is broken off and withers away.
He becomes just like the dry sticks that men pick up and use for the firewood.
But if you live your life in me, and my words live in your hearts, you can ask for whatever you like and it will come true for you.
This is how my Father will be glorified—in your becoming fruitful and being my disciples.
Remember how the Bible says that on this one day Jesus cursed this fig tree?
“Jesus was hungry, and seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to find out if it had any fruit.
When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.”
Well the Bible tells us that, as Christians, we are to be constant, bearing fruit in season and out (2 Tim 4:2); and as we just read in John chapter 15, all those who do not bear fruit, are removed from the Vine and those who do are pruned back for further growth!
So if you find yourself in a predicament today, where you are facing obstacles and circumstances that seemingly are holding you back and restricting your growth, then you should feel right at home because this is all part of your training.
Christianity is definitely NOT a religion and it’s not for wimps.
The Bible says that if we are Christian, then we are to walk as Jesus walked; that we are first and foremost God’s occupational force in the earth, His foot soldiers, and it’s our mission to spread the Gospel and disciple nations, and also to destroy the works of the devil (Luke 19:13, 1 John 3:8)!
And we are also to operate as Jesus’ Ambassadors in the earth (2 Cor 5:20).
Our life upon this earth is in fact our training ground for eternity, and the first step in this process is for us to grab hold and be obedient to the Gospel Message, which brings us back into relationship with God, through our faith in Jesus Christ!
But salvation is ONLY the beginning!
Whether you understood it or not, this is what you signed up for when you were born-again.
That’s why the Bible tells us that we need to count the cost first (Luke 14:28), and not enter into this relationship, unless we are willing to go the distance!
Going to church and being religious, without any corresponding works, meaning your constant 24/7 immersion in God’s Word and Spirit, your growing in faith and bearing fruit, doesn’t gain you anything at all.
You have to get with the program!
Come join the Adventure!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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