Following my own 11-year quest to know God, I wrote a rather large book on the things I learned. I am going to share what I feel are the most important points as I believe that a truly balanced life includes bringing the body, mind and spirit into homeostasis as well as having plenty of money to enjoy life and having the means to reach your highest potential in each of these areas.
Matthew 25:46 says that the wicked shall receive eternal punishment and the righteous shall receive eternal life.
In my younger years, I read this scripture and although, I didn’t really know what “eternal life” meant, I came to the conclusion that it must be better than eternal punishment.
I also read:
“You study the scriptures diligently because you “THINK” that in them you have eternal life.” John 5:39. This is NOT an admonition to study the scriptures; it is saying that many “think” that eternal life is found in the scriptures, when actually, eternal life is found in “knowing” God!
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven…” Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, (you never knew me): depart from me.” Matthew 7:21-23
I inserted the corrected translation in the scripture verse above. Obviously, Christ “knows” each of us and he could not truthfully say “I never knew you.”
In the original text it says, “You never knew me.” This makes perfect sense and coincides with the scripture that says, “This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
I didn’t want to spend my life reading the Bible just to “think” that I had eternal life, nor spend my life having enough faith in Christ to work mighty miracles in his name, and upon reaching the “pearly gates” be told to depart. So I began asking God to show me personally what I needed to do to inherit eternal life.
I don’t really know why, but my single greatest desire was to have eternal life and I was determined to find out how to obtain it.
I reasoned that if “many” who had strong enough faith to work mighty miracles in Christ’s name would not obtain eternal life, that there must be a particular manner in which we need to know God and I began telling God that I wanted to know him in whatever “manner” that he required for me to obtain eternal life.
The rest of this chapter has been moved to another server. It is rather long and quite deep for someone who is not well exercised in the Spirit. However, if you feel like the Spirit is telling you to read it, I will be happy to send you that link. Please send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request this information.
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