The Herald of Jehovah's Kingdom
The Herald of Jehovah's Kingdom
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Theocratic School

 
Steps Toward Life
 
    EVERY sane person desires to live. Life everlasting in a state of perfect peace and happiness, what more could one desire? The time has come for sincere persons to live forever on the earth if such will comply with God’s requirements. From and after Armageddon the kingdom of God will exercise full control over the affairs of earth. Concerning the result to obedient human creatures it is written: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”—Rev. 21:4.

    The human race has been afflicted with sickness, sorrow and death for such a great period of time that many find it difficult to believe that conditions will ever change. Let each one satisfy himself on this point by giving diligence to learn the truth. God’s arrangement is that there is a time for everything; and now is the time for people of goodwill to learn the way to life everlasting.—Ps. 16:11.

    In the Bible are the indisputable facts that prove that death is the result of sin, which comes upon all men by inheritance; that to Jehovah God belongs salvation; that the greatest crisis of all time is at hand, when the wicked will be destroyed at Armageddon and when those who seek righteousness and meekness may be spared in that great disaster; that salvation from death, and life forever in happiness, are open to the obedient ones; and that therefore a great emergency now confronts those who shall form the “great multitude”. In order to gain life everlasting one must conform himself to God’s requirements. What are some of these needs, as revealed by the Scriptures?

    All who would receive the gracious gift of life must please God. Faith is the first requirement. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) That means that the ones who desire to live must believe first that God is the Almighty, whose name is Jehovah, that he is the Supreme One, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Their desire is to be in harmony with the Almighty God.

    His provision for life is by and through Christ Jesus. Therefore Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) Jesus buys every one of the human race that asks to be bought; and, being bought, that is to say, receiving the benefit of the ransom price he paid for men, the bought ones become the bond servants of the Lord, and therefore Jesus says: “If any man serve me, let him follow me.” (John 12:26) The first requirement, therefore, is to believe in God, the Almighty, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as man’s Redeemer or purchaser, and then to follow Jesus. The man proves his belief by the course of action he takes.

    The next step to be taken is to do the will of Almighty God, because that is what Jesus always does; as it is written: “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first [old covenant arrangement], that he may establish the second [new covenant arrangement].” (Heb. 10:9) “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Ps. 40:8) Imperfect man is selfish and desires to do his own will; but having believed on God and Christ Jesus, that man then must voluntarily surrender his own selfish will, agreeing to do whatsoever is God’s will concerning him. That means consecration of the man by agreeing to serve Jehovah God through Christ Jesus; and such consecration must be unconditional, that is to say, the person must gladly forego the doing of his own selfish will and way and diligently seek to know and to do what is the will of Jehovah God.

    What, then, is the will of God concerning the Lord’s “other sheep” that are now being gathered unto life? They must assemble to the Lord God, separating themselves from and abandoning the systems of this present evil world of Satan. (Zeph. 2:1) As shown by the typical city of refuge, such persons must flee to Christ, the head of God’s organization, and there find refuge until the crisis of Armageddon is passed. Those persons must recognize Christ Jesus as the “bread of life”; and as the famine-stricken people of Egypt asked Joseph to buy them so that they might not die, so now the persons of good-will must ask Christ Jesus, the Greater Joseph, to buy them and feed them upon the “bread of life” that they may not die. They must see that God’s kingdom under Christ is the only place of protection and salvation. The religious institutions of Christendom are snares into which Satan draws men and entraps them; and the one who would live must avoid such snares and give himself entirely into the possession of Christ Jesus.

    The person who believes that Jehovah God is supreme and that Christ Jesus is God’s Executive Officer, great High Priest and King, and Redeemer of man, is therefore anxious to know and do the will of God. Belief does not mean merely a mental conception of the fact that God is supreme and that Christ Jesus is the Redeemer, but it means to acknowledge the same and to act accordingly: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”—Rom. 10:9-11.

    Fleeing from Satan’s organization and seeking refuge under Christ’s organization means that such a one acknowledges the Lord Jesus Christ and asks Christ to take him in. He is not ashamed to confess before others his full confidence in God and Christ Jesus; and so he makes it known to others that he has taken his stand on the side of God and Christ and has voluntarily agreed to do the will of God. The heart is the seat of motive; and, therefore, when a person believes on the Lord, he is moved to make known to others that he has fled to Christ Jesus and has taken his stand on the side of the Lord and wishes to acknowledge that he has agreed to do the will of God. He seeks protection at the hand of Christ Jesus and calls upon the Lord God for protection and salvation: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13) Being received by the Lord and under his protection, such person is in line to be saved from the devastation of Armageddon. He consecrates his life to God.