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 Sermons on important subjects by Rev. Paul C. Jong

 

The Effect of the Faith Working through Love

 

< Galatians 5:1-6 >

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”



What Was the Word That the Apostle Paul Said to Us?

It is written in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” This means that for Jesus Christ has come to free us, so don’t ever be circumcised because that will make you a sinner again. The Lord has made us the children of God by saving us from the sins of the world through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The Lord gave true salvation and true freedom to those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The gospel of the water and the Spirit, which our Lord gave us, was enough to let us become the children of God by freeing us from the entanglement of sin, being the servants of sin, or being cursed by sin. We truly became the people of God by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. God gave us the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit to make us live in His blessings. Therefore, the Apostle Paul said to us, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Is there any of you who can keep the Law of God perfectly? The Law of God was a series of holy laws, which exists to let us realize our fundamental nature properly. We are not free from all our sins by keeping the Law of God. We have been liberated from the sins of the world by the gospel of the water and the Spirit that God gave us. The Lord tells us not to be entangled with any legalistic deeds or religious festivals for we are liberated by the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.



We Have to Initiate Our Lives of Faith by Believing in the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit

It is written in Galatians 5:2, “Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.” Paul said, “If you become circumcised, Christ will not profit you spiritually.” The circumcisionists insisted that one could be a people of God by being circumcised. If this were the case, to be physically circumcised would somehow be profitable to circumcised people. But, being cleansed of all our sins is possible only when we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is the gospel that states that Jesus Christ came to this earth, received the baptism, shed His blood on the Cross, and then saved us. We are approved as the people of God through the witness in our hearts by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. If we try to become the descendants of Abraham by receiving physical circumcision, what profit would we get from Jesus, who has delivered us from all our sins by coming to the earth in flesh, taking the sins of the world by receiving the baptism at the age of 30, carrying these sins to the Cross, shedding His blood to death, and then rising again from the dead?

After knowing what the physical circumcision is, we can understand the Book of Galatians. What were the customs of the Jewish Christians in the Early Church age? They strictly kept the law of circumcision. The Jews still see the people with the marks of circumcision, as “Oh, they are descendants of Abraham.” So, among the Jews in the early churches, the circumcised people disregarded uncircumcised people because the Jews only recognized those who had cut off their foreskin as the people of God. So, they practiced circumcision and compelled others to receive circumcision, even after they heard and believed the true gospel in God’s Church. But, if the people in Galatia had been able to become the people of God by receiving physical circumcision, then what would be the use of the Truth that Jesus Christ came to the earth for us and died on the Cross by receiving the baptism from John, and saved us by rising again from the dead? The Apostle Paul is talking about the uselessness of physical circumcision through the Word in Galatians.

There were many Jewish Christians in the churches of Galatia, and their faith was wrong. They compelled their fellow saints to receive physical circumcision while they believed in Jesus. Their harm was spiritually serious because they compelled the new comers of the church to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and to receive the physical circumcision as well. Fortunately, at this present age, there is no one compelling the physical circumcision on others and no one who is willing to receive that circumcision by such persuasion either. But, if today’s Christianity inherited the erroneous faith of the circumcisionists of the early churches, the seriousness of the fallacy would be great.

Therefore, we need to reconsider the irrationality of the prayers of repentance, which is prevailing in today’s Christianity all over the world. We are the Gentiles and we haven’t received physical circumcision according to the Law. Nonetheless, it is more than enough that we have received the remission of sins just by believing in Jesus Christ as the Savior and the gospel of the water and the Spirit without being circumcised. If someone still argues, “We have to be circumcised and offer the prayers of repentance to receive the remission of sins,” it is wrong.

Like the people of the early churches in Galatia who insisted that one had to be circumcised to be the people of God, there are people nowadays who claim that they have to offer prayers of repentance to be cleansed of their sins. If then, these people do not know the power of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. These people will remain as wicked men before God. These days, the faith of those who advocate the prayers of repentance is wrong. It is because that is untrue teaching, which makes the Lord-given gospel of the water and the Spirit good for nothing. If we receive the remission of sins through prayers of repentance, it is just the same as claiming it as a useless truth that Jesus has saved us by coming to this earth, receiving the baptism, dying on the Cross, and rising again from the dead.

Those who are relying on the prayers of repentance believe that their sins will be blotted out if they themselves offer prayers of repentance. Such people have to ask themselves again, “What is the salvation that the Lord gave us through the gospel of the water and the Spirit?” The Lord gave us the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. If we do not believe in the Truth of the water and the Spirit, there may be no spiritual profit for us.



Can We Cleanse Our Sins If We Offer Prayers of Repentance?

The prayers of repentance do not cleanse our daily sins. Then, how do our sins fundamentally disappear? All the sins of world are blotted out once and for all by the faith of believing in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. Then, there might be the question of how the sins, which we have committed after believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, are cleansed? As such, we are encountered with the question, “Is there any truth, besides the prayers of repentance, that can blot out even the sins we commit after believing in Jesus?”

But, the reality is that most Christians don’t know the true gospel of the water and the Spirit. That is why they cannot help but offer prayers of repentance if they commit sins. But I am asserting that they should believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which is the truth of salvation, rather than offer prayers of repentance.

To have such faith, we have to confess that we are lumps of sin that cannot help but to commit sins until our death. Then, we have to profess as follows whenever we commit sins again due to the weaknesses of our flesh while living on this earth: “Lord, I committed these sins. I am destined to hell for my sins, but the Lord has taken not only my sins but also all the sins of the world once and for all by receiving the baptism from John at the Jordan River, died on the Cross, and truly saved me by rising again from the dead. Lord, I continue sinning like this. It is proper that I should be sent to hell for these sins, but You saved me once and for all by taking these sins. I believe in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit as the genuine Truth of salvation. I thank You for I have already been saved from all my sins by believing in Your baptism and the blood of the Cross.”

We have to have this faith to communicate with the Lord spiritually. We have to stand fast in the faith in the Truth by confessing our sins and by ruminating on the gospel of the water and the Spirit by faith. We can be saved from all iniquities by the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We can become free from all iniquities with such faith, and we can be the workers of God who save the souls of other people from their sins with our faith. For the Lord gave us the gospel of the water and the Spirit, our sinless hearts came to praise God all the time with the faith of believing in that Truth. We are righteous because we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and there is no other reason. Our sins do not go away by offering prayers of repentance.

If our sins disappear by offering prayers of repentance, it is to say that Jesus Christ did nothing for us with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Jesus Christ has taken our sins once and for all by receiving the baptism from John the Baptist, shedding His blood to death, and rising again from death to save us, the believers, from all the sins, and He gave us the Holy Spirit as a gift. If Jesus Christ did not die on the Cross after taking our sins by receiving the baptism from John, our sins could never have been blotted out. We have to believe in this Truth because Jesus Christ has completed the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, through which He gave us the salvation by taking our sins, as the Savior, through receiving the baptism from John and dying on the Cross, and by rising again from death. Jesus Christ gave us the genuine salvation, and we come to be sinless by the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, we have to clearly know that offering prayers of repentance does not cleanse the sins of those who are relying on it and it does not liberate them from all the sins.

Because the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the genuine Truth of salvation, we are saved from all the sins by believing it in our hearts. The gospel of the water and the Spirit is the promise of salvation that God has set for us. Therefore, we can get the true salvation if only we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in our minds. It was Jesus Christ who gave us the true salvation of the remission of sins.

But if there is anyone in the church of this New Testament times who claims that personal sins can be cleansed by offering the prayers of repentance, then that person’s faith is futile. If we try to receive the cleansing of our sins by offering prayers of repentance, then we will become ones who cannot get any profit from Jesus Christ and will be cut off and fallen from Him.



Is There Anyone Like Them Even in These Days?

I am sure that no one insists that one has to receive physical circumcision to be a child of God nowadays. However, today, there are many people who think that to be cleansed of their sins, they should offer prayers of repentance everyday. It is a fact that the doctrine of repentance is full in the hearts of all Christians all over the world. The doctrine of repentance is the doctrine that tells us that we have to receive the cleansing of sins daily by offering prayers of repentance after believing in Jesus. The reality is that the doctrine of repentance is recognized as one of the orthodox doctrines in Christianity.

But, the doctrine of repentance is a very erroneous doctrine. It says one can wash away one’s personal sins by offering prayers of repentance. Such a faith is akin to the faith of the circumcisionists in the early churches, who advocated physical circumcision to become the people of God. These are the legalistic faiths. These people are committing the sin of mocking the love of God and the Truth of salvation before Him. This very fallacious doctrine is now prevailing over this world.

We have to know that we receive the remission of sins by the faith of knowing and believing in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, which saved us from the sins of the world. But if we were to receive the remission of sins by doing anything, even a little, that is not the remission of sins, which is only attained by believing in the God-given gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. It is because in the gift of the true salvation from God, our good deeds are not included.

The Apostle Paul warned the saints of his days against the circumcisonists, and his warning is relevant to the faith of Christians today. The Apostle Paul is saying that the doctrine of repentance is truly wrong. The people who have the erroneous faith of believing in the doctrine of repentance are innumerable among Christians around the world. It gives my heart pain to see this reality in present Christianity. It is because they have a very erroneous faith.

Dear fellow believers, you have to know how erroneous it is to try to receive the remission of sins through prayers of repentance after believing in Jesus. It is evidently different that we offer prayers of repentance and repent our wrongdoings before God. “Repentance” means that while we are going the wrong way, we return to the correct path after realizing, “This is wrong.” However, the prayers of repentance tell people to ask for the remission of their sins through prayer. It tries to cleanse one’s sins just by saying with one’s lips, “Lord, I have made mistakes. Please forgive me.” Therefore, it is so much wrong to insist that one receives the remission of sins through such prayers of repentance. It is because that is disregarding and overriding the love of God and the gospel of the water and the Spirit. If we are advocating that we receive the remission of sins by offering prayers of repentance, we are committing a grave sin before God. So, we have to reject the doctrine of repentance by understanding and discerning it well in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.



There Are the People Who Still Rely on and Believe in the Prayers of Repentance

Let us read Galatians chapter 5 verse 3. “And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.”

The Apostle Paul said that he testified the gospel of the water and the Spirit again to the people who said that they had received the proof to be God’s people by being circumcised. He said that the circumcisionists were debtors to keep the whole Law. A man who was circumcised had to keep all the 613 statutes of the Law. These people did not even know what the 613 statutes of the Law were, but they insisted that they had to keep these whole Law to be saved. As a result, they fell into confusion.

The Bible says, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them’” (Galatians 3:10). Anyone who keeps the Law completely will be saved. However, no one on this earth can keep the whole Law. That is why the Lord said, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans3: 10). On this account, Jesus Christ has taken our sins through His baptism, died on the Cross, and saved us by rising again from the dead. As the Lord promised the believers of the gospel of the water and the Spirit to give the power to be the children of God, He now gives the gifts of the remission of sins and the salvation to them so that they may become the children of God by believing in this true gospel.

However, those who try to receive the remission of sins through prayers of repentance are just the same as the circumcisionists. Today, Christians worry if they do not offer the prayers of repentance because they believe their sins will not disappear, and this is a very wrong doctrine. These days, some people try to return to the age of Law and attempt to be recognized before God by keeping the Law, regardless of the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which Jesus Christ gave us. The Apostle Paul said to such people who had legalistic faith like this, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4). The Apostle Paul said that those who try to be the people of God by performing the Law, such as the rites, feasts, and circumcision, are those who became estranged from Jesus Christ. Even we who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, if we try to be saved by keeping the Law of God, we would become estranged from the blessings of God. Until now, people who try to receive the remission of sins through prayers of repentance or receiving the circumcision are returning the gift of salvation, which was received from the Lord.

In today’s Christianity, all those who believe that they are forgiven of their sins by offering prayers of repentance are legalists. Those who do not know the gospel of the water and the Spirit are leading their religious lives under the Law. But then, I do not mean to say that the Law itself is wrong. The Law of God itself is good. But we can be saved from sin when we are born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, not by keeping the Law of God. If one tries to substitute one’s faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which is the Truth of God, with the faith of the man-made doctrine of repentance, it is a wrong faith.

But, it is pitiful that there are lots of Christians who try to keep the Law to be saved from sins, to become the people of God, and to become righteous, even though they are sinners at this point. They are like the people who advocated and compelled the circumcision in the churches of Galatia. They are those who still do not know the gift of God’s salvation for they try to receive the remission of sins through prayers of repentance or keeping the Law, like the people who tried to become God’s people by being circumcised. These people are truly estranged from Jesus Christ.

There is a big difference between the faith of those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and the faith of those who believe only in the blood of the Cross. People who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit can receive the remission of sins through their faith in the gospel Truth. That is why they can live worthy lives as the people of God by faith and serve the Lord and the gospel. The righteous people also serve the Lord as the members of God’s Church and do the right works, regardless of the Law of God. They gather and pray for some issues, and devote themselves; our brothers and sisters do the entrusted tasks, even for the invisible works.

The Lord is pleased with us because we have become the children of God by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is because the Holy Spirit is in the hearts of those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Those who believe only in the blood of the Cross misunderstand that they have to offer prayers of repentance for the sins they have committed after receiving the remission of sins by believing only in the blood of the Cross. They say that if they do not offer prayers of repentance, their sins cannot be forgiven. Therefore they were sinners even before believing in Jesus and they received the remission of sins just at the moment of believing in Him, and they now have sins in their minds because of the sins they committed thereupon. They feel uneasy because they have sins in their hearts and are entangled with those sins unless they offer prayers of repentance everyday. So to speak, they were sinners before they believed in Jesus, who had shed His blood for their sins on the Cross, and they are still sinners after believing in Him. They cannot but live as sinners until they die. Hence, people who do not have the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit will live their whole lives as sinners. They are so different from the people who are truly born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. That is why we have to know the gospel of the water and the Spirit. All of us have to advocate and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.



The Faith of Those Who Believe in the True Gospel

The difference of faith between the people who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and the people who believe only in the blood of the Cross is that great. These two kinds of faith seem similar, but there is a vast difference. When we see wheat and tare in the field, they seem similar when they are young, but when they are grown, they are totally different. The religionists in Christianity, who believe only in the blood of the Cross and resort to the prayers of repentance to be cleansed of their sins, seem to be more sacred and faithful in their outward appearances, just as tares grow greener, stronger, and bigger.

But people who believe this way are estranged from Christ and have fallen from the gospel of the water and the Spirit. They have to have a new faith that believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The Apostle Paul is saying this now. The Apostle Paul is repeating to the people who advocated circumcision and to those who only assert the blood of the Cross: “Believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.”

In Luke chapter 10, a certain Samaritan bandaged the wounds of a robbed man who fell among thieves, using oil and wine. This represents the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which says that God came to this earth in the flesh of a man and took our sins with His flesh through the baptism He received, shed His blood, and rose again from the dead. When we profess that “Jesus is our Savior,” if we mention only the blood of the Cross, we know only one part of His salvation. When we talk about the death of Jesus Christ, we have to base that Jesus Christ has taken our sins through the baptism. We have to believe that Jesus has died on the Cross shedding His blood after receiving the baptism from John.

The Apostle Paul said, “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). When he said this, it included the faith that the Lord came to the earth and took our sins by receiving the baptism, died on the Cross, and He rose again from the dead. To say it accurately, the righteous acts that Jesus had done to save us were His birth, receiving the baptism, death, and the resurrection. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). This passage implies the gospel of the water and the Spirit.

Jesus had to take all our sins to put our old selves to death and to give us new life. That's why Jesus Himself received the baptism from John and shed His blood on the Cross in our stead. Jesus Christ shed His blood vicariously because the wages of sin is death. Because we were the seeds of sin from our birth, Jesus Christ shed His blood to death after receiving our sins by the baptism from John the Baptist. The Bible does not talk only about the death of the Cross. The Bible says that the death of Jesus is effective for our salvation only when we believe it along with the baptism that He received from John. We have to know and believe properly what the Apostle Paul is saying.

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians chapter 5 verses 5-6, “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians chapter 5 verses 5-6, “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” He declared, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” For the Lord so loved us, He received the baptism, which blotted out all our sins, died on the Cross, and saved us by rising again from the dead. That is why the faith that He gave, the salvation through love that has come by the gospel of the water and the Spirit, is the only important thing; neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any significance. So what effect is there whether or not the people offer prayers of repentance to God?



The Ministry of Salvation That the Lord Worked for Us

The Apostle Paul said, “But faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6). For God so loved the world, as well as you, that Jesus came to this earth, received the baptism, and saved us from the sins of the world by rising again from the dead. That was the love of God. God gave us such a gift of salvation because He loved us. God has suffered His 33 years of life to give us that gift. That is why the Apostle Paul said neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything. It is nothing whether or not we received circumcision before God. Whether or not we received circumcision, that deed avails nothing. God said that the most precious thing is only the salvation, which works through His love. The faith of believing that God made us His children and loves us, by blotting out our sins with the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, is the faith that allows us to be the children of God and the workers of God's righteousness.

That is why the Apostle Paul said, “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith” (Galatians 5:5). The Holy Spirit is in the hearts of those who have received the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is written that they eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Only such a person has the hope to live truly in the Kingdom of righteousness.

You have to know how evil it is to say that one has to offer prayers of repentance to receive the cleansing of sins after believing in Jesus. Many people think offering prayers of repentance is good, but it is truly an evil doctrine. Saying that we receive the remission of sins through the prayers of repentance nullifies the grace of God thoroughly. The reason why people cannot return to the gospel of the water and the Spirit is because they misunderstand the prayers of repentance. And they cannot return to the Lord even if they wanted to. Although we preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit to them, they harbor ill feelings against us saying, "Then, wouldn't you offer prayers of repentance anymore for you are sinless?"

We, the righteous who have been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, do not offer prayers of repentance, but we offer prayers of confession. Do we, the righteous people, offer prayers of confession, or not? Do we admit our wrongdoings after committing sins? Aren't we able to receive the cleanness before God if we do not confess them?

If we make mistakes before God, we have to admit them. All of us have to be liberated from our sins by believing in the God-given gospel of the water and the Spirit. Even though God did the work of blotting out our sins once and for all in the eternal dimension, we still make mistakes everyday. Do you agree, or not? We are deficient people. But is it true that the Lord saved us by the gospel love of the water and the Spirit? By believing in this Truth, we confess our sins and offer prayers of confession whenever we make mistakes before God like this: "God, I have committed this sin. I was destined to hell and I had to be judged for this sin, but the Lord made me truly sinless by taking all my sins through receiving the baptism and dying on the Cross. All my sins have been passed to Jesus Christ because the Lord had taken them by receiving the baptism. I can truly receive the remission of sins because all my sins have passed to the Lord when He was baptized. Therefore I do not have sins. I became a righteous man because of the Lord. I became one of God's people because of the Lord. I became a sinless man because of the Lord."

We can do this confession of true faith and love. We can praise the Lord saying, "I am saved because of You. I became Your people because of Your love. I became a righteous man because of Your grace. I became a person who has nothing to do with sin because of Your salvation and thus, I can do righteous works. Everything has gone well because of You." We can thank God and praise Him as such.

The true salvation is like this. He loved us first. He took our sins entirely through the baptism and completely saved us through His crucifixion, and therefore, we received the remission of sins by believing in this. We would not be able to receive the remission of sins if He did not save us completely and perfectly. He is our Savior. He has saved us with His righteous acts unilaterally, and His salvation does not require any other supplement from us because it has been planned and completed by the Omnipotent God. He is the one who helps us and gives us the power. He is the giver of true salvation, but we are not the ones who help Him. Is this true or not? Don't you agree? That we could live well until now is because He has helped us, loved us, and remitted our sins. Because of believing in that love, we are His people and we can live by following Him. We can live under the shadow of His love receiving His protection and blessings. For He loved us, He gave us the power and He made us live righteously. We are living blessed lives by inheriting all heavenly blessings because He has blotted out all our sins.

It is written, “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36). We are from the Lord and we will return to Him. Is it so, or not? The power of doing immeasurable works is in Jesus Christ. No one can perceive the secret of God’s gospel of the water and the Spirit without the help of God.

My fellow believers, can we help God because we are excellent? We are nothing before Him. God is our helper. We have to clearly understand this. That’s why the Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). We do the works of God because He gave us the strength, but if He didn’t, what could we do? We have received the salvation by faith because God gave us the salvation, but if He didn’t, how could we receive the salvation? Can we receive salvation just with our devoted beliefs? Can we receive salvation by offering prayers of repentance well or being circumcised? Or, can we receive salvation by keeping the Law very well? It does not make any sense.



Only the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit Is the Genuine Truth

There are many doctrines in Christianity, but the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit is the only genuine Truth of salvation. There can be no other gospel Truth except the gospel of the water and the Spirit. For God, a day can be billions of years. It is because He is living in an eternal dimension, and He controls that eternal time by staying in it. He is our God. As we know, the works that He has done are so great; we cannot feel it with our senses.

Man can hear only a limited range of sounds. In other words, the audible range of man is confined within narrow limits. Therefore, it is very reckless for a mere man to try to get to know the profound works of God while he cannot even hear the sound of the earth rotating. We just have to believe in His Word as it is when He says that He made all the things of the universe in 6 days of His time dimension. Don’t you conclude after calculating and say, “How can He make the whole world only within 6 days? It is not possible to make even a chair in one day.” Of course, for even a professional carpenter, it is impossible for him to finish making this pulpit in one day. But God is not a limited being. He is the Omnipotent and Omniscient God. So, we should not oppose God with our limited thoughts, conceptions, and theories.

Today’s Christians, who only believe in the blood of the Cross, say that if people offer prayers of repentance and ignore the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, their sins will disappear. This is just the same as the people who assert the theory of evolution. Will our sins disappear if we offer prayers of repentance? No, they won’t. Because they do not know the God-given gospel of the water and the Spirit, they try to soothe their consciences with any kind of doctrine. Don’t they think that they have to do something when they commit sins? That is why they make this kind of doctrine and teach it to the people. Then, this will be accepted to those who do not know the Truth, and they cannot go anywhere except to stay in the church of swindlers because offering prayers of repentance seems to be the only way to resolve the oppression of their sins.

Such a church tells the people who commit sins everyday to serve the church by giving lots of offerings as the compensation for their sins while passing the offering basket everyday. Then, a person who committed a lot of sins serves the church by paying lots of offerings. We, who are born again of water and the Spirit, do not serve the Lord in that way to receive the remission of sins, but we serve Him because we thank Him for saving us. We serve Him to let other people know the Truth that God saved them with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. There is an absolute difference.

The Apostle Paul said, “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6). For God so loved us, He had saved all of us by coming to this earth Himself, receiving the baptism, shedding His blood to death on the Cross, and rising again from the dead. We became the receivers of the salvation by  faith. My fellow believers, do you agree? Don’t only be aware of this theoretically. I hope you believe these words rather than pretend you are smart, lest it will cause you to go to hell one day. If the messenger from hell comes and says, “Let’s go. Let’s go to hell,” then you would say, “No. I have to go to Heaven. I am one of God’s people. Go away Satan.” “What are you talking about, you a servant of Satan? Those who have sins in their heart will go to hell with me.” And He will bring you to hell. No matter how strongly one may persist that he is one of God’s people, he can never be God’s as long as he has sin in his heart.

My fellow believers, you should not deceive your conscience of faith if you are to profess Jesus Christ as the Savior. At least you have to confess clearly whether you have sin in your heart or not. Only evil things will be left for Christians if we exclude the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. But, you have to be honest before God and your conscience. Man’s honesty and dishonesty is revealed if we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which is the gift of God’s love.

The heart of the Apostle Paul was torn into pieces while he was writing the epistle, the Book of Galatians. Even though the Apostle Paul warned the saints of the wickedness of the circumcisionists several times, some of them were circumcised because the circumcisionists still compelled them to receive physical circumcision to be saved. That is why the Apostle Paul felt agony. Because people claimed that only those who had received circumcision were the people of God, he could not but write this epistle and say, “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” But they still did not listen to him. That is why after the Apostle Paul died, the 7 churches in Asia disappeared without any trace.

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I think the churches of God these days are the same. The reason I shout the gospel of the water and the Spirit everyday is that if I do not preach the gospel clearly, we will disappear like the churches in Galatia. Some people are trying to make the others stand on their side by doing nice things for them. And they stand against God’s servants, saying, “I already know about it. It is enough now. Stop pretending to be so clever. Yes, you are so smart, OK? We also know that much. I believe so, too. I have heard more than enough of it.” If people start taking sides saying, “This person is on my side and that person is on your side. Yours is yours and mine is mine,” then the servants of God and the faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit would be in chaos and the spreading of the gospel of God’s Church would come to a quick end. I believe that you do not want this to happen.

I wish for the church of God to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit until the last day of this world. It is nearly time for the Lord to come.

If there is no church of God or if it does not preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the world is hopeless. Therefore, we have to preach the gospel with our whole strength for we are destined to serve the gospel before God. It is right for many people to accept the gospel of the water and the Spirit if the lesson that God’s church preaches is true. There is no better gospel than the gospel of the water and the Spirit. This Truth is needed for all the people around the world and it is also needed by youyou also need it.

My fellow believers, many of you might not perceive that offering prayers of repentance is wrong. If we still believe that our sins will disappear by prayers of repentance, it means that we have nullified all the love of God, which saved us from our sins by the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, we have to know that the faith of trying to receive the remission of sins through prayers of repentance is wrong. And we have to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit as our true salvation and the love of God. We also have to live to save the souls of other people with thankful hearts.

I am sure that all of you now believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and will defend that faith in your heart.

 

 

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