When Does the Emptiness Of Our Hearts Disappear?
< Galatians 3:23-29 >
“But before faith came, we were kept under guard
by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.
Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might
be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer
under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ
Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put
on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave
nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one
in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s
seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Those Who Love Evil Do Not Come
to the Light
The Bible says, “For everyone practicing evil hates
the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should
be exposed” (John 3:20).
Many people live in this world with empty hearts.
To find true satisfaction and true joy for the heart, people have
turned to the carnal pleasures of music, fine arts, literature,
and so forth. In general, people think that if all their basic necessities
were met, or if they were rich and powerful, their hearts would
be truly satisfied. However, no one can be truly satisfied with
the wealth of this world. A man might live in a huge mansion, but
the reality is that he cannot even fill his small heart merely with
the things of the earth. You need to realize that through money,
pleasures, fame, power, logical/physical relationships, or any such
things of the world, no one can really satisfy his heart. Everyone
thus has searched through the religions of this world, but none
could find true satisfaction even there.
Why Are People’s Hearts So
Void and Unsatisfied?
That’s because people are trying to fill their hearts
with the things of this world. No matter how everyone has tried
to fill his heart with the things of the world, no heart has ever
found true satisfaction. Why must every human being live such a
dissatisfying life? Some people, even though they are rich, are
miserable because not everything unfolds as they wish.
In contrast, though I have nothing else but only the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, I am so happy for this gospel.
So I live my life in thankfulness, placing my faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit given by the Lord. I admonish every
one of you to live a blessed life.
Why are people’s hearts so void and unsatisfied? Their
hearts are empty because they do not have the Word of God in their
hearts, even though they have many things of the world. This emptiness
of the heart is the evidence that in their souls, there is no faith
in God’s gospel of the water and the Spirit. God said in His record
of Creation, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness
was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering
over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). The Bible says here
that people’s hearts are void because they have failed to solve
the problem of sin.
My fellow believers, would you be satisfied if you
were to become respected scholars in this world? Would your hearts
be satisfied if you were to become rich? Trying to tame this emptiness,
people try everything, drinking, singing, and dancing. But all that
remains in their hearts is sadness. What is not satisfied by any
of these is none other than your own hearts. You and I could not
find true satisfaction because of the problem of our sins. That
people’s hearts can’t enjoy true satisfaction is because of the
fundamental fact that there is sin in their hearts. Unless we get
the problem of sin solved, our hearts are bound to be empty all
the time and there can be no satisfaction. Therefore, I tell you
that if you want your hearts to be truly satisfied, you must receive
the remission of your sins through the gospel of the water and the
Before even more sadness and emptiness pile up in
their souls, there is a truth that they must realize. This truth
is that they can find true satisfaction only when they believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit and receive the remission
of their sins. You too must get the problem of your sins solved
by believing in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit. Only
then can you find true satisfaction. All human beings must receive
the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit given by the Lord. Only then can they find true satisfaction
through the Lord, even though they may be insufficient.
Are there drug addicts now? Why do people do drugs
or become alcoholics? Is it because they don’t know that drugs and
alcohol are bad for them? No. It is because they cannot find true
satisfaction in their lives that they are living relying on drugs
and alcohol. This is a tragic consequence resulting from the failure
to receive Jesus Christ into their hearts. It is because people
do not know and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
that they are all facing suffering.
The Reason Why Everyone Lives
Why is everyone sad? That’s because people love the
darkness more than the light of Truth that God has given us. The
Apostle John said, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light
and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed”
(John 3:20). My fellow believers, God said that human beings
are fundamentally a brood of evildoer (Isaiah 1:4). Therefore, people
must admit their evil selves before God and believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
Yet despite this, many people are unable to accept
the true light of salvation into their hearts, for they are afraid
that their sins would be exposed before God when they come to the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. In short, they are trying to
hide their sins. Just how many people in this world are incapable
of discovering the light of salvation in their lives?
Everyone’s sins are listed in Mark 7:21-22. It tells
us that there are 12 sins in people’s hearts, as it is written,
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.”
Because God knows that everyone commits these 12 sins all the time,
He wants people to come before God as they are in their sinful selves,
and to be washed from their sins by believing in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. However, against this will of God, many people
are still trying to obey the Law hypocritically before God, attempting
to only hide their sins. Since they are afraid that their evil deeds
might be exposed, they are only trying to hide them.
Human heart is thus sinful. What then could we hide
from God? Could our sins be hidden from God just because we try?
Socrates, a famed philosopher, said, “Know yourself.” When a man
knows himself, he knows that he is a pile of sin, and that he is
bound by sin throughout his entire lifetime. Why, then, are those
of legalistic faith boasting before God and pretending to be holy
in hypocrisy, unable to receive the remission of sin?
To come into faith in the gospel of the water and
the Sprit, I ask you all now to admit that you are sinners, acknowledge
that you are bound to be condemned for your sins, and come forth
before the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And rather than fearing
God, come to the gospel of the water and the Spirit, to the light.
Our Lord knows all about us and is waiting for us.
Everyone tries to avoid the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, lest their wickedness is revealed, but why is this case?
That’s because they do not want to believe in Jesus Christ as their
true Savior. Some people are unable to believe because they are
outright ignorant of Jesus Christ and of the very existence of the
light, while others avoid the light because they are afraid their
sins would be revealed before the light.
In the world of Christianity, there are many who belong
to the latter case. For example, when a pastor is asked, “Have you
been born again? Do you have sin?” he answers saying that he still
has sin in his heart, and yet he thinks his faith is right. Such
people do not even try to know the gospel Truth of the water and
the Spirit. Today’s legalistic pastors all minister in this way.
They say to their congregation, “My fellow believers, live virtuously!
You must be sanctified day by day. Deacons must not lie. The same
goes for senior deacons and elders. If you want to become baptized
saints, you have to quit smoking and drinking. You all have to keep
the Lord’s Day. And you must not harm others. You must be an example
to everyone.” But from their lips, not a word is uttered about the
gospel of the water and the Spirit that can free everyone from sin.
Such church leaders are the ones who whitewash their
congregation with lies. When the believers come to church, they
only say, “Let’s live virtuously,” and they worship in hypocrisy.
They devote all their efforts only to hide their evilness, so that
the wickedness of their congregation may not be exposed outwardly.
They whitewash over their hearts, over their consciences, over their
thoughts, and over their souls. Although there are sins in the congregation’s
hearts, they say, “Because you believe in Jesus, you will go to
Heaven even though you have sin.” To make their congregation feel
safe, such people deceive Christians by saying, “You have sin, but
God is still calling you as the righteous.” This is why Jesus said
to the Pharisees, “Woe to you, you brood of vipers, for you are
like whitewashed tombs.” A whitewashed tomb is very clean in its
outside. But inside this clean tomb, there is a corpse rotting away.
Like this, we may say that those who profess to believe in Jesus
and yet still have sin in their hearts are like whitewashed tombs.
Christians Who Now Believe
in Jesus May Also Have Empty Hearts
Why do the people of this world feel their hearts
are empty? Even Christians feel their hearts are empty despite believing,
and so they wander from this church to that church, from one prayer
retreat to another. Countless people now believe in Jesus as their
Savior, but many of them live without even being born again, for
they do not know the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the real
gospel of Truth. To satisfy their individual desires, they pack
up their necessaries and head out to some prayer retreat looking
for the Lord. When things don’t go according to how they intended,
they wonder to themselves, “Is it because I didn’t give enough offering?
Maybe it’s because I didn’t keep the Lord’s Day,” and they then
offer prayers of repentance even more.
Why are people today looking for the Lord in such
a foolish way? What are they living in so much confusion, unable
to encounter the Truth that saves them? Deceived by the false prophets
and met by soul robbers, they are now dying. They must therefore
cast aside the lying words they heard from the false prophets and
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. But, the saddest
reality is that they do not know how to do remaining imprisoned
in their denominations.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come
except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” How
can you receive new life? Have you found the light of salvation
by believing in the God-given gospel of the water and the Spirit?
By acknowledging the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, and
by believing in it with our hearts, we have received the light of
salvation through faith.
Everyone has his own thoughts and his own way of thinking.
But, to be saved form all one’s sins, one must first cast away his
own thoughts and hold onto the Word of God. What, then, must people
believe with their hearts? They must believe in none other than
the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit given by the Lord.
They must believe that our Lord Jesus accepted all the sins of mankind
onto His own body by being baptized by John, moved all these sins
and placed them on His head, and bore all their condemnation to
wash them away. That the Lord was baptized by John, shed His blood,
and rose from the dead again is the gospel Truth of the water and
My fellow believers, if you want to find satisfaction
in your hearts, you must believe with your hearts in the gospel
Truth of the water and the Spirit that Jesus has given to us. Therefore,
the Bible says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).
Household electronic products such as TVs, videos,
and air-conditioners come with a user manual. We begin to use the
product only after reading this manual. There is no one who doubts
or disbelieves this user manual. And we must be sure to activate
the product according to the user manual for it to function properly
without any trouble, and for us to use it safely. If, however, we
use the product on our own against what the manual says, we end
up causing serious damages, such as electric shocks or product malfunction.
Likewise, the salvation that God has given to us can be received
only by faith in “the gospel of the water and the Spirit” as it
is written in the Bible.
Between God and mankind, there is a righteous law
of God called the Law, which is playing the role of leading people
to Jesus Christ. Were it not for the Law of God, we could never
have become sinners, and since we would have seen no need to believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we could never have been
saved. We need to realize that our true life of faith before God
is begun only after the righteousness of God comes into our hearts.
Speaking more clearly, it is from the moment we recognize our sins
through the Law of God that we begin to grasp the true gospel. In
other words, it is only when we read and trust the first chapter
of a user manual called the Law, and operate exactly according to
it, can we go to the next chapter called “the true gospel.” By doing
so, we can safely reach, by faith, our destination called the Kingdom
Like this, we become sinners through the God-given
Law, and we become righteous only when we believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit that has delivered us from all our sins.
Therefore, we must first understand clearly the contents of the
Law and the purpose for which God has given it to us, and then we
must accept Jesus Christ into our hearts by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit in order to be perfectly cleansed of
all our sins.
While living in this world, people have done good
things and bad things alike, but in general, wrongdoings stay longer
in their memories than good deeds. And from time to time we are
reminded of these sins, making our hearts sober. Because all human
beings are insufficient, they all have at least a few worries over
their sins that are unknown to others, and while they try to solve
them on their own, they must ultimately take them to the Lord.
People are trying to get the problem of sin resolved
by relying on their own religious beliefs and by praying to their
own gods. But how could such man-made gods free them from their
worries? They have to know that they are wholly freed from their
sins only when their hearts are convinced of their salvation by
believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Only When We Have Faith in
the Righteousness of God, the Emptiness of Our Hearts Disappears
Today’s Scripture passage says, “After faith has
come, we are no longer under a tutor.” In other words, once
we are born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, we are no longer under the Law, the tutor mentioned here.
As such, when did the true faith that makes us receive the remission
of our sins come then? It came into our hearts when we believe in
the true gospel of the water and the Spirit. Our hearts’ worries
and fears disappear immediately when we meet Jesus Christ who came
to this earth through the water and the blood. Put differently,
when we are born again by believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, all our hearts’ emptiness disappears.
For all human beings, it is only when true faith comes
to each of their hearts that they can finally find their peace of
mind. Jesus told us, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Then, since when
could we worship God in spirit and in truth? It was when we knew
and believed that all our sins were passed onto Jesus Christ through
His baptism that we could worship Him in spirit and truth, and in
Why did God command, “You shall have no other gods
before Me”? Can you love God more than anything else? The ability
to love Jesus more than anything else is attained only when we receive
the remission of our sins by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that Jesus has given to us. However, if we do not
recognize the salvation of Truth and do not pass all the sins of
our hearts to Jesus Christ by faith, then we can never love God
the most. That’s because it is our fundamental nature to be incapable
of not having other gods before God unless we are born again of
water and the Spirit.
Yet despite this, once faith came to us, we could
love God with our hearts and by faith, and thank and praise our
Lord, though we are not perfect in our deeds for 100%. Therefore,
after faith came, we are no longer under the Law, but we have become
heirs to all God’s inheritance. A Christian’s true life of faith
is begun only after he receives the remission of his sins.
“By being baptized, the Lord indeed bore all my sins
and blotted them all out. Now I have no sin. Since the Lord took
away all my sins by being baptized, by believing in this I have
now become sinless. Since the Lord bore all the condemnation of
sin in my place, I don’t have to be condemned. I am so insufficient,
and yet He has saved me from all my sins.” After this faith came
to each of us, we came to realize that we no longer have to be under
the curses of the Law and its wrath and condemnation. We realized
that we ourselves are inside the God-given salvation. It is from
then that we began our lives of faith. Therefore, we need to realize
that our lives of faith are lived after believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
When did you begin to believe that Jesus was your
Savior? When did all your worries disappear from your hearts? These
things happened when you passed all your sins to Jesus Christ by
believing in His baptism. Through the baptism that He received from
John, Jesus Christ took upon all our sins once for all, delivered
us from death by dying on the Cross, and by rising from the dead
again, He has become the true Savior for all the believers in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, we can see here that
the faith God wants us to have is for us to know and believe, “Ah!
The Lord accepted all my sins through His baptism, died on the Cross,
rose from the dead again, and has thereby become my true Savior.”
It is when we truthfully believe in Jesus who came
by the water and the Spirit, and when we therefore have the faith
that makes us sinless, that we are finally saved. It is after we
have such faith that through this faith we come to start our lives
of faith. As such, whether you have believed in Jesus for 10 or
20 years, you can find that it was after the very moment you truly
believed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that your born-again
faith started. Even someone who has been leading his life of faith
for decades can be born again today. Therefore, not all Christians
can say that they are truly born again just because they believe
in Jesus as the Savior.
The Law Is the Guidepost
That Leads Us to the Righteousness of God
It is when we meet Jesus through the gospel of the
water and the Spirit that we come to know what the righteousness
of God is. So the Apostle Paul said, “Before faith came, we were
kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward
be revealed.” Before we were saved and born again, we had been
bound under the Law. The Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 3:19 that
Jesus Christ had gone and preached to the spirits in prison. Here
“the spirits in prison” means the sinners imprisoned under the prison
of the Law. This is why the Apostle Paul said, “Before faith
came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which
would afterward be revealed.”
What is a tutor here? The Greek word for tutor is
paidagogos, usually signifying a tutor-slave, who guided a child
of his load to and from school. A practice deriving from the Greek
aristocracy, this was adopted by the Romans and was a common practice
among the rich aristocratic families in Paul’s days, where parents
assigned a trusted, senior slave to their children to supervise
them and take them to school everyday to ensure they are educated.
Like this, the Law played the role of a tutor leading people straight
to Jesus Christ.
The gist of the Law is the Ten Commandments. “You
shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not bow down to idols.
You shall not take the name of God in vain. Keep the Sabbath holy.
Honor your parents. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall
not covet your neighbor’s house.” Because of these ten commandments
of God, everyone is turned into a sinner and completely bound by
sin. To this, the law of conscience adds its weight to make everyone
a sinner. When a man commits sin, it is written in the tablet of
his conscience (Jeremiah 17:1), and so he feels guilty. For those
who do not know the Law, the human conscience’s role is an agent
of the Law.
When one does not know the Law of God, the conscience
of one’s heart constitutes the Law of God and points out his sins.
But, the condemnation of the Law is severer: It points out, “You
are a sinner. You have sinned. You have committed so many sins today.
You are more than qualified to go to hell. You are incapable of
keeping my rules. So you should go to Jesus and be remitted from
all your sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Unless you do so, you are bound straight to hell.”
Therefore, when we know and believe in the righteousness
of God that came through the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
we come to have the evidence of faith that we are now saved, convinced
in our hearts, “Jesus took away all my sins by being baptized. He
has become my Savior.” This is how we come before Jesus by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. What leads us to the
Lord against our own will? What forces us to seek the Savior? What
plays the role of a tutor is none other than the God-given “Law.”
The Law of God points out everyone’s sins. Though
no one might have seen us actually committing a sin, the Law remains
in our hearts as God’s statutes, and points out the sins in our
lives telling us, “You have sinned. You shouldn’t do that.” In other
words, the Law of God teaches us that our thoughts, hearts, and
acts are not right. It is through the God-given Law that people
come to recognize their sins. So we come forth to the Lord, and
get our problem of sin resolved through the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. What the Apostle Paul is saying here is that we
can come to Jesus Christ through the Law, and that we can be saved
and born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
given by Jesus Christ. Put differently, God’s Law is a guide who
leads mankind to Jesus Christ, the true God.
The Law of God teaches that everyone is absolutely
incapable of keeping the Law, God’s statues. No one in this world
can keep the Law thoroughly. If, despite this, people are told to
live their lives of faith by keeping the Law, what would happen
then? They would end up as hypocrites, far removed from Jesus Christ’s
gift of salvation. The Adventists argue that salvation is attained
only if one believes in Jesus and also keeps the Sabbath day. They
say that they can go to Heaven only if they propagate their beliefs
3 days out of a week, 3 hours for each day. None other than such
believers are legalists. That one has to do something else on his
own to be saved is a notion that ultimately asserts “faith + deeds
= salvation,” and it is legalism and its believers are seized by
The Law can only bring people to Jesus Christ, and
by itself it can never save them from sin perfectly. This is why
Jesus came to this earth incarnated in the flesh of man, was baptized
by John, died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, ascended to
Heaven, and has thereby become the Savior of all His believers.
Unless we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we
cannot be saved. You and I must believe in the Jesus’ work of salvation,
of the water and the blood. Only then can we be saved from all our
Our Sins Were Washed away
After We Were Baptized into Christ by Faith
Galatians 3:27 states, “For as many of you as were
baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” The Apostle Paul is
saying here that whoever wants to become God’s child and inherit
the Kingdom of Heaven must be baptized into Christ. That we put
on Christ by being baptized into Christ means that we become believers
in the righteousness of God that came through Christ.
We come to put on Christ when we believe with our
hearts in the righteousness of God, that Jesus took upon all the
sins and trespasses of the world through the baptism He received
from John the Baptist. The Apostle Paul continued to say, “If
you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according
to the promise.” That’s right. We are indeed the ones who have
become righteous by faith, and who are to receive all the blessings
If we were to summarize the gist of the Law, it is
that God has given us the Law so that we would recognize our sins,
as stated in Romans 3:20. However, there are many people in this
world who are trying to stand before God boldly by keeping the Law
and by doing good deeds on his own, rather than realizing and recognizing
their sins through the Law.
A certain brother in our church once testified that
before he was born again, he took a break from his life of faith,
and during this break he planned to test himself, thinking, “I will
believe in Jesus again when I am convinced that I have no insufficiency
even before the Law, and I can stand straight with my upright acts.”
However, what he truly realized then was that he was utterly incapable
of keeping the Law no matter what. He testified that after he met
some born-again brothers of my church, and heard from them, “The
Law is to let you recognize your sins,” he realized, “I see! So
the Law is there only to lead me to recognize my sins, and yet all
this time I’ve been trying to keep it all. I sought to stand upright
before the Law because of my arrogance. I was so wrong.” So he grasped
the Truth that Jesus bore all his sins by being baptized, died on
the Cross for him, rose from the dead again on the third day, and
has thereby become his true Savior, and he then received the remission
of all his sins.
Even now, there are so many Christians who are trying
to keep the Law to perfection 100%. Even as they stumble and fall
because of the Law, they still attempt to keep it endlessly. But
they end up leading the kind of life of faith that cannot avoid
but stumble before the Law, going round and round in a mouse wheel.
However, just as today’s Scripture passage says, “After
faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor,” if your hearts
have the faith that makes you be born again of water and the Spirit,
then you are freed from the Law. If you believe that Jesus has blotted
out all our sins with the water and the Spirit, if you believe that
all your sins were really passed onto Jesus Christ and He was condemned
for you, and if you believe that He rose from the dead again and
Jesus is your God of salvation, then even though you may have insufficiencies
in your lives, you can be freed from all your sins and do the righteous
work as the perfect children of God.
We Must Believe in the Love
of God That Came through the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
It is written in John 5:5-12, “Who is he who overcomes
the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This
is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by
water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness,
because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness
in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these
three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the
Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater;
for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he
who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not
believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is
the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life
is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have
the Son of God does not have life.”
It is also written in John 19:34-35, “But one of
the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood
and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony
is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you
may believe.” Just as these passages tell us, the Spirit, the
water, and the blood are the true witnesses of God. Therefore, if
we are indeed God’s children, then we must infallibly have these
three witnesses in our hearts.
First, the Holy Spirit testifies, “Jesus Christ is
the Son of God, the King of kings, and fundamentally, God the Creator.
The water implies the baptism that Jesus received
from John the Baptist. The baptism that Jesus received from John
tells us that Jesus Christ, by being baptized, bore all the past,
present, and future sins of the world, as written in 1 Peter 3:21:
“There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not
the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
And the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross testifies
that, by being condemned for our sins and shedding His blood to
death on the Cross, Jesus ended all the curses suitable to the wages
of all our sins. Only those who have those three testimonies in
their hearts can be freed from all his sins and become the truly
righteous people. If one takes out the water from these and retains
only the testimonies of the Spirit and the blood, then his sins
still remain in his hearts, and therefore he ends up turning God
into a liar, for He had said that He blotted out all our sins.
Therefore, those who do not have all these three witnesses
of the Spirit, the water, and the blood do not have the Son of God
in their hearts; therefore, they have no life. In other words, they
are not God’s children, but the Devil’s children, and they are bound
to be condemned and cast into the fire of hell. It is also written,
“This is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and
this life is in His Son”(1 John 5:11).
How, then, can you find out if you are in or out of
Jesus Christ? On this, Romans 8:1-2 states, “There is therefore
now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not
walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from
the law of sin and death.” There is no condemnation to those
who are in Jesus Christ, for they have the three witnesses of the
Spirit, the water, and the blood. Because Jesus Christ, the fundamentally
sinless Son of God, accepted all the sins of the world by being
baptized, and He shed His blood and died on the Cross to pay the
wages of all these sins, those who believe in this can never have
It is also written in Romans 8:33, “Who shall bring
a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies,” and
Isaiah 50:8-9 say, “He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend
with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come
near Me. Surely the Lord GOD will help Me; Who is he who will condemn
Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will
eat them up.”
Moreover, Psalms 37:32-33 states, “The wicked watches
the righteous, And seeks to slay him. The LORD will not leave him
in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged,” assuring us
that those who have the three witnesses of the Spirit, the water,
and the blood—that is, the very faith that is truly approved
and guaranteed by God—will never be condemned for their sins.
And with respect to those who are in Jesus Christ, 1 John 4:13 says,
“By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because
He has given us of His Spirit.”
For you to receive the Holy Spirit, you must first
receive the remission of your sins. It is promised in Acts 2:38
that God would give you the gift of the Holy Spirit if you receive
the remission of your sins, and it is also written in Ephesians
1:13-14, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed,
you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee
of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,
to the praise of His glory.”
This means that for those who receive the remission
of their sins and attain their salvation through the gospel of the
water (baptism) and the blood (Cross), God will seal them as His
own children by giving them the Holy Spirit as its guarantee. This
is akin to branding a cow or a horse on its hind with a burning
iron rod, leaving an undeletable seal indicating to whom it belongs.
To separate His own children, who have received the remission of
their sins and become righteous by believing in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, from the children of the Devil, God has also
given the gift of the Holy Spirit to their hearts.
Furthermore, it is written in John 6:53-58: “Then
Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat
the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life
in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed,
and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My
blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me,
and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live
because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not
as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread
will live forever.”
Here, God told us to eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink His blood. But does this really mean that we should literally
eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood, as the Jews at that time had
misconstrued? Of course not! Such an interpretation is no more than
a groundless claim made by the sinners who, not having been born
again, still remain blind to the Word. Catholics still advocate
the so-called doctrine of “Transubstantiation,” which insists that
the bread and wine offered up at the communion service has their
substance changed to that of the body, blood, soul and divinity
of Jesus Christ while its accidents appear to be those of bread
What, then, does it mean to eat the flesh of the Son
of Man? This refers to our faith in the truth that Jesus took upon
the sins of the world by being baptized by John. It is to believe
in the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ who came by the
water (1 John 5:6). In other words, to believe in the righteousness
of God, that Jesus Christ, God Himself in His essence, came incarnated
in the flesh of man, and that by being baptized by John the Baptist,
He accepted and took upon all the sins of the world on His own body—none
other than this is to eat the flesh of the Son of Man.
And to drink the blood of the Son of God is to believe
that Jesus paid off all the curses of our sins by shedding His blood
and dying on the Cross as the wages of all the sins that He bore
On this, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 states: “For I
received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that
the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat;
this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance
of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying,
‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as
you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this
bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He
comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the
Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood
of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of
the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an
unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning
the Lord’s body.”
Here, where the Lord said that a man should first
examine himself and only then eat the bread and drink the cup, He
meant that we must first admit in our hearts that we are fundamentally
seeds of evildoer, who will continue to commit all kinds of sin
until the day we die and be condemned to hell in the end. After
acknowledging this, we should then believe that through His baptism
Jesus Christ has removed all the sins of our past, present, and
future, and all the sins of the entire world, and that by shedding
His blood on the Cross as the wages of all these sins, He has eradicated
all our curses. None other than this is to eat the bread of the
Lord and drink the wine cup of the Lord.
However, most Christians today are eating only the
bread, without believing in the baptism that Jesus received from
John. For them, Holy Communion is merely a religious rite. Therefore,
since such people do not believe that Jesus Christ accepted all
their sins, their sins still remain in their hearts, and since they
are eating the bread and drinking the cup while they still remain
sinful, they are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Hence,
it is absolutely only after we believe in the baptism of Jesus Christ
and His blood on the Cross that we can eat the bread and drink the
Galatians 1:4 says that Christ “gave Himself for our
sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according
to the will of our God and Father,” and just like this, the baptism
of Jesus was the true love and will of God the Father for us.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:3, the Bible also says, “For
this is the will of God, your sanctification,” and in John 6:40,
Jesus testified the Word of promise, saying, “This is the will
of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes
in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the
last day.” Therefore, you can be sanctified and receive eternal
life only when you believe in the perfect gospel of the water and
the Spirit with your hearts.
Given this, he who builds his house on the rock refers
to a “righteous person” who is no longer condemned for his sins
again, for he has been remitted and saved from his sins by believing
with all his heart in the gospel of the baptism of Jesus Christ
and His Cross, and who is deceived by no temptation at all, for
he has the Holy Spirit.
And he who builds his house on sand refers to someone
who does not believe in the baptism of Jesus Christ, or knows it
only on hypothetical grounds rather than believing with his heart,
and therefore still has all his sins intact in his heart. Since
such people have not received the remission of their sins, when
the judgment day comes, they will be accursed with Satan and cast
into hell. None other than these people are heretics.
Heretical Beliefs in Christianity
It is written in the Bible, “Reject a divisive
man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person
is warped and sinning, being self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11).
The Bible clearly defines heretics. None other than those who condemn
themselves are heretics.
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The word heresy is derived from a Greek word signifying
a choice. Whereas Christians must profess to believe in Jesus Christ
as their Lord according to the gospel Truth of the water and the
Spirit, they have made different choices in how they believe in
Jesus. Those who have made the choice of not believing in the baptism
of Jesus Christ but only in His blood are none other than heretics,
and heretics are self-condemned and stand outside Christ. For them
not to believe this true gospel is the very sin leading them to
death (1 John 5:16). In other words, as 1 John 3:4 says, “Whoever
commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness,”
those who hold such beliefs are the ones who commit lawlessness.
Furthermore, Galatians 2:17 states, “But if, while
we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners,
is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!” As stated,
the Bible testifies to us that once we believe in Jesus Christ correctly,
we are justified as righteous people, and it is impossible for us
to become sinners again.
When you have faith that you are truly saved by believing
in the perfect gospel of the baptism of Jesus Christ and His Cross,
it is from then on that the true life of faith begins for you. This
very faith, that we have become the righteous people without sin
by believing in the baptism and blood of Jesus, is the correct faith
of Truth that pleases God, and is approved by Him.
Do you and I have the right faith? To have faith in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, is none other than to have
the right faith before God.