Main reference: Mt 7:21-27 (Jn 12:48; Rv 20:12-15)
After Adam’s transgression God the Creator has been working for 6,000 long years to restore the life of mankind that fell into sin. This testimony is recorded in the 66 books in the Bible. The work of God during Noah’s time, during Jesus’ first coming, and at the second coming is the very work of restoration. Among these, the work of restoration that took place before Jesus’ time and the work of restoration that takes place after Jesus’ time are different.
With the teaching of their time, the people who existed before Jesus were not able to completely know the Creator or believe in Him, as seen in Jeremiah 31 and John 1:9-13. After Jesus, children were born not of natural descent, nor of a human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. They accept and welcome the Creator and believe in His name. They are given the right to become God’s children because they are born of God. Those who are born of God after Jesus completely know God and believe in Him.
Being born of God is being born of God’s seed (Lk 8:11). Jesus planted this seed according to the promises in the Old Testament (Jer 31:27, Mt 13:24-25), and this seed was the secret of the kingdom of heaven (refer to Mt 13:10-11). Those born of this seed are the sons of the kingdom (Mt 13:37-39), the children of God born of God.
The people before Jesus were sinners born in the hereditary line of Adam the transgressor by the seed of flesh, but it is certain that after Jesus, people become the children of God by being reborn of God’s seed. The difference between those born of the seed of man (born of natural descent) and those born of God’s seed is great.
Beginning from the New Testament era, a person must be born solely by God’s seed to be qualified to call Him, “Father.” When Abraham’s descendants (Jews) called God their father in John 8, Jesus replied that their father was the devil, not God (Jn 8:37-44). This is the difference between those born of God’s seed and those born of man’s seed: they can or cannot call God, “Father.”
Jesus said, “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord,’ ‘Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven but only he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Mt 7:21). He also said that “one cannot enter the kingdom of heaven if not born of the water and spirit” (Jn 3:1-7). He instructed to be born of the water and spirit because people were not born by the water and spirit. Water is God’s seed, God’s word, and the spirit is the spirit of God.
Jesus said in Mt 13:24-30 that two seeds were planted in Jesus’ field (church). During harvest, the fruit of the good seed are harvested while those who are not harvested burn in the fire. Who receives salvation? The one born of God’s seed and gets harvested.
As written in Revelation 7, the 12 tribes of God’s new kingdom are created through those who are sealed. Will there be salvation for the one who is not sealed and do not belong to the 12 tribes?
It is also written in Revelation 22:18-19 that if anyone adds anything or takes away from Revelation, he cannot go to heaven and will receive curses (plagues). Can anyone receive salvation for adding or taking away from Revelation?
Jesus said that anyone who is to enter heaven God’s kingdom must have his name recorded in the book of life (Rv 21:27). Can anyone receive salvation when his name is not in the book of life?
Jesus promised in Revelation 2-3 to give the 12 blessings to the one who overcomes. Can anyone say that he received the 12 blessings in Revelation 2-3 without overcoming anything? Can there be salvation without these 12 blessings?
Do the people who added and taken away from the words above have the right to call others a cult? How are they different from the false pastors during Jesus’ first coming?
Jesus said, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Mt 7:21-23). Do you believe in these words?
Rather than wanting to perceive God’s will and live a life of faith according to His will, people believe in their own thoughts, own judgment, and in their pastors’ words and their authority because they do not know the will in the Bible. This cannot be a true life of faith.
As seen previously, the false prophets (pastors) drove out demons in the Lord’s name and exercised their powers as prophets in the Lord’s name, but Jesus saw them as people acting in lawlessness and told them to leave. It is because their actions were not done according to God’s will. Sadly the church members who follow these pastors regard them as very remarkable people. Where will these pastors and the church members go? It would certainly be hell, because they acted in lawlessness (refer to Mt 7:23, Jn 12:48, Rv 20:12-15).
People do not receive salvation or become God’s children for being pastors, for exercising their ecclesiastical power, for driving out demons, for faithfully serving, for giving offerings, for having perfect church attendance, for evangelizing to many, and for doing many good deeds to others.
God’s true will is that we are born of God’s seed and unite with God’s spirit, get harvested, get sealed (with God’s word), be part of the 12 tribes of the promised nation, not add anything or take away from Revelation, and be recorded in the book of life. Anyone must have these words fulfilled in their lives and be created in this way.
To tell someone who does not meet any of the above, “You cannot go to heaven, you cannot receive salvation,” will offend them. It is true, however, that they will not be able to receive salvation. They cannot receive salvation through a denomination or religion, titles and authority. Only by being born again with God’s seed and spirit can anyone receive salvation (Jn 3:5). Only the one to whom the promises of the New Testament fulfilled and got created accordingly can become a new creation and a person of heaven who is reborn.
The Bible makes known of the life of faith acknowledged by God and the life of faith that is not acknowledged by God. Therefore, I must ask myself, “Who am I according to the New Testament Bible? Have I been born again according to the promise? Have I been recreated according to the promise?” Each person must stand before the Bible and ask himself these questions. They will know the answers.