Once Saved – Always Saved? What does this debate mean for you?

If you consider yourself to be a Christian, then you may have asked yourself the question of whether you can lose your salvation. In fact, this question is among the most debated ones in Christianity. Can a born-again believer lose his salvation?

The objective of this letter is not to share my view on the question. Rather, the objective is to show you how serious this matter truly is, regardless of the conviction you may hold about what the right answer might be. Consider one of the chief passages from the scriptures behind this controversy.

Hebrews 6:1-6 [ESV]Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

IF you believe that a born-again believer cannot lose his salvation, then there is only one conclusion regarding this passage: It cannot be speaking about those who are born-again. It is speaking about those who are not born-again. And conversely, if you believe this passage is speaking about born-again believers, then there is only one conclusion: a born-again believer can indeed lose his salvation.

What is interesting is that depending on the position you are holding on this matter, this passage sends two different, but equally serious warnings to you.

This is the message to you, Christian, whoever you are, if indeed the people in Hebrews 6:1-6 are born-again:

“YOU-CAN-FALL. Do not rest on your laurels, but stand and watch, honor Jesus your King here on earth, or you will be in danger of spending eternity in hell.”

This is the message to you, Christian, whoever you are, if indeed the people in Hebrews 6:1-6 are NOT born-again:

“You, self-professed Christian, DO-NOT-BE-DECEIVED. Do not believe that you are born-again even though 1) you have once been enlightened, AND 2) you have tasted the heavenly gift, AND 3) you have shared in the Holy Spirit, AND 5) you have tasted the goodness of the word of God AND even 6) you have tasted the powers of the age to come.”

My friend, are you grasping the gravity of this passage? Many self-professed Christians have relied on the fact that they once prayed the sinner’s prayer, or onto the fact that they were baptized at their church, or on whatever other experiences they have had or beliefs they hold, to convince themselves that they are born again. Many self-professed Christians have yet to experience just ONE – let alone ALL 6! – evidence(s) listed in Hebrews 6:4-6, and YET they believe to be born again, while this passage confirms that they are not, if indeed once you are saved, you are always saved.

And on the other hand, if indeed one can lose his salvation, then this passage is saying, “How can you, you a born-again, how can you, having experienced ALL THESE THINGS, this manifold grace of God, how in the world can you fall back again into living in the flesh…this is nothing but pure folly and madness, for you are crucifying Jesus, the Son of God AGAIN. It is over for you, you cannot be brought back to repentance, you are doomed and will spend eternity in hell.”

My friends, it is not the intention of this letter to trivialize the ongoing debate on the subject, for the truth of the scriptures, and the truth of the scriptures alone is what we should search for diligently, what we should hold onto dearly, and what we should preach fervently.

Nevertheless, I would like to caution that, as we debate and ponder on this question, we do not lose sight of the more important, and ultimately only truly relevant question that this debate and Hebrews 6 really raise:

AM I BORN AGAIN, AND AM I WALKING? 

This question, is a matter of Life and Death. Oh my people, awake from your sleep! AWAKE! The day is far spent. Do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Do you know if you will be granted another day among the living? So what don’t you rise from your spiritual sleep and walk in a manner worthy of the One you call Lord? Stand up and watch, examine yourself whether you are in the faith, and may the Lord Himself reveal in you that which is lacking, for it is better to enter His Kingdom missing one hand, than for your whole being to be cast away from the presence of God. 

May His grace be upon you. Thanks be to God, the Father, and to Jesus the King of all kings.

Amen.

Did Jesus ask for the impossible?

May the peace of the Lord and His great mercy be with you all. In one of his last prayers before His crucifixion, Jesus asked His Father the following:

John 17:20-23 – My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Jesus asked His Father that all who believe in His name may become one…just as He and His Father are one. When you take a honest look at Christianity today, when you look at your church, doesn’t it look like Jesus asked for the impossible?

How are we going to become one? Let alone the same way Jesus and His Father are One?

Jesus said…

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one

The only way to become one is through the “glory” that Jesus gave us. But what is that glory? In the same prayer Jesus said…

John 17:14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

I submit to you that the glory that Jesus speaks of is the Word (of God).

He said then…

John 17:17 – Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

So the Word of God is the truth!

We will only become One if we know and have the truth. So we see, that if we ever want to become one people in the Lord, it is not about tolerance and acceptance, nor is it about fanaticism and rejection. It is about TRUTH. We have to chase TRUTH…Jesus gave TRUTH to us. We have to embrace TRUTH. We have to dig for it, search it day and night. For TRUTH is the One standard, the One unmovable, the One constant in life. The Word of God is TRUTH. Set your opinions aside (they have no value), set your preferences aside (they have no value), set your doctrine aside (it has no value), set your logic aside (it has no value)…and chase the pure TRUTH of the Word…and, then, only then we will become ONE, just as Jesus and the Father are One.

Blessing to all, and Glory to our Master Jesus and His Father, our God and Father.

The Grace To Pick Up My Cross

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May the peace and grace of God our Father, and of His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ, be with you. But grace, Oh the grace of God…what does it mean? As I am seating here in my home in the late hours of the night, I cannot but conclude that, in my day, much of the teachings of the Apostles, and of Jesus-Christ Himself have been lost. Today, thanks to the false teachings of many eloquent men and women, rather than growing in humility, Christians are increasingly proud and boastful. They claim to be humble, pretending to be giving all the glory to Christ, but will not do one of His commands, to follow Him wherever He goes. What they sing at worship they do not do. They admire what He has accomplished in His life and on the cross, but this admiration does not translate into a change of life. They are like one who stares at Jesus on the cross, weeps and is in awe of Him for His ultimate sacrifice, but then return to his former life, leaving Him on the cross.

But the grace of God calls for Christians to take up their own crosses, and to follow Christ even in suffering. That is the only way true grace can be experienced. God told the Apostle Paul “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. To which Paul replied “…therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”. But Christians today are proud, and speak as if the power of Christ is a permanent fixture upon them. They avoid insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ. Yet, they have the arrogance to claim that power. How can one fail to notice the proud and triumphalist tone of Christians in the proclamation of their faith? While Christians are called to humility, and urged to constantly pray for God’s help, many a Christian today rest in their own self-assurance that they are in perfect harmony with God through the blood of Christ. They walk around proud, claiming to be forgiven, to be righteous, to be highly favored, that God knows their name, to have eternal life, and that the devil is under their feet. Yet their lives hardly reflect the elevated status they claim to be at. They are not different from those who do not claim to know God, and often times, they are far worse than them.

Grace_5The grace of God has been reduced to a badge of honor for far too many Christians. It is their assurance of eternal life with Jesus Himself, because they recall the day they accepted Him as Lord, or are constantly reminded of such by their favorite preacher. But how can one pride himself in having understood what Christ has accomplished on the cross? Humility, not pride is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Pride, regardless of the domain, is sin, even if it is in regards to who we are today. Because they think they have understood the message of grace, they “rest” in the finished works of Christ, and admire, as under a spell, their “new found identity” in Christ. Yet, they hardly acquaint themselves with the very person they call Lord, and are oblivious to His constant call to join Him in the great work for the Kingdom. They forget that with much suffering and afflictions were the pages of the New Testament written. Peter, Paul, John, and the other apostles all sacrificed much of their life so that the grace of God will be preached and lived.
In their letter to the Galatians, Paul gave us a glimpse of the fight he and his companions had to wage to protect the preaching of Christ, the grace of God. Jude, Peter, John all did the same. Who told us that the fight was over? Why aren’t we picking up our own cross as they did and follow in their footsteps, as they followed in Christ’s? We are hardly ready to lift a finger for our Lord, and that as long as it is not an inconvenience for us. And God forbid if we have to suffer for it. How low have we fallen!

The passages of scriptures that warn us against false teachings, and against living according to our former nature are systematically overlooked. No one wants to hear those warnings. Oh that we will not dare confront a brother or sister, preferring instead to focus on the “goodness of God”, for that approach is “more effective in bringing someone to repentance”, so we say. Should we now teach God? The saying goes that if the message does not make me feel good, then it must not be the gospel. Oh, what a deception from hell, what a disgrace to our Lord and to our God. Should not a loving Father warn and correct His children. Read the Old testament, and see how God dealt severely with Israel. Was it because He hated them, or because He loved them? Has God changed? Could Israel have survived as a nation if God had not dealt with it as a loving Father, blessing every time, but also disciplining when necessary?  Grace_2Why do you suppose Israel kept killing all the true prophets? Was it not because they were offended at their words? Have you read the words of Christ? Or have you considered why many disciples stop following Him? Would you now teach Jesus because He should have known better than offending many?

Conveniently we forget that the Apostles foretold of the time when people will no longer endure sound doctrine, and will choose instead to listen to those teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. Oh how has the Evil One, that Wicked One blinded the eyes of many my brethren.

What many call the gospel of Grace today is nothing more than a doctrine of demons, coming straight from the gates of Hell. It is a gospel of death and not of life. The Holy Spirit, that great comforter is all but forgotten. He is not disliked, just forgotten. Prayer is but a casual act we do before eating or sleeping, or when we are in distress. No one really cares about the feelings of our Lord. Don’t get me wrong, we sure love everything He did, and admire Him for who He is. But that does not mean we love Him. Even our genuine feelings for Him are not proof that we love Him. Obeying His voice, as our master, as the head, that is what matters! Have you but considered that He is afflicted? That He knocks on the door to dine with you but you would not open it because you cannot hear. And you cannot hear because you cannot recognize His voice and are too busy with your own affairs? Yet you claim to know Him! He bore our sins so that you and I would be free to obey Him and be in relationship with Him. Of course, He loves you, but don’t you think He is hurt when you would not listen to Him? We pray only to satisfy our personal wishes, and never beg Him to reveal His plans to us? Unlike Peter, we praise Jesus but will only do it from the comfort of the boat and will not dare to come out of it and walk on the water, even at His command. Yet, we claim to love Him.

We claim to know Him, when we should be screaming… “I have not yet taken hold of Christ, as He took hold of me, but I am pressing toward it, Father, help me in my faith for I am weak”. When are we going to wake up my brothers and sisters? When are we going to go on our knees, not because we want a promotion in our job, or success in our business, but because we disparately need Him to work in us so that day after day we will win the battle against our flesh, and grow in union with Him. So that we will be busy with His affairs, and not our own! Have we thought that He and His Father long to see fruits in our lives? God’s Son is the tree and we are the branches; the Father visits us and desires fruits…but far too often He return empty-handed, for all the branches are barren. Grace_3But we refuse to hid the warning that despite His great love and mercy, there comes a time when the Father will remove those branches that do not produce those fruits Him and His Son so long for.

Oh my people that we would repent from our sinful lives, for we are trampling the grace of God under foot. Oh that God would be gracious to us to remove the veil from our eyes. We are blind, and do not know it. The Children of light are walking in darkness, Oh what a tragedy. Where are the Christians? Where are the Sons of the Kingdom? You my brethren are meant to be the light of the world. You are like a prince that knows He is a prince but brings shame to the name by his riotous living.  How can you be that light if you are proud of your status as a Son of God? Is there such thing as a “good” pride? Is pride acceptable here? How can you be that light if you do not carry your cross and your spiritual armor? Will you stand against the devil without the latter?

Oh that you would remember the words of your Lord that those who exalt themselves will be humbled. Or the twenty-four elders in the book of Revelation. Is there a greater position of honor than to be in the inner circle of God Himself? Yet those elders cast their crowns at His foot saying that He (not them) is worthy! Why don’t we call ourselves “unprofitable servants” instead, for this is what the Lord Himself commanded! He did not call us to brag about ourselves but to humble ourselves and see ourselves as unprofitable, even after doing all He would have commanded us. But if we do not even do those things He commands us, then what are we my brothers and sisters? What we are we?

Oh that my Lord will be gracious to us. Father forgive us, forgive me. Give us more faith to live for you Oh Righteous Father. For the sake of Your Son answer my prayer.  Don’t you desire Father to gather fruits from us? But how can we produce them unless your grace comes to us. Be merciful Father and give us a new heart, for the sake of Your Son, our Lord Jesus, King of Kings, Lord or Lords. Amen.    

What Shall I do to inherit Eternal Life?

Bible-for-LIVING-THE-WORDThere are at least two occasions where Jesus, when He was on earth, was asked this question directly: “What shall I do to inherit Eternal Life?” If we think about it, today, we essentially ask the same question, just differently: How do I know I am saved? Or, Can I lose my salvation? Christ is the only gate to Eternal Life. Therefore, shouldn’t we treasure the answers that our Lord Himself gave to this question? Who – we may ask – better than Christ Himself is qualified to answer this question? Shouldn’t Christ’s words on the matter – the One in whom Eternal Life resides (1 John 5:11) – be esteemed for what they really are: the authoritative answer on the subject of Eternal Life?

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We hope that you will join us in studying the scriptures for yourself,  and examining this article. We look forward to your comments based on your own study of the scriptures, telling us whether or not we have misinterpreted the verses we are using in this study.
[Note: We are using the New International Version (NIV) Bible. The numbers in parenthesis next to each Greek word is the Strong’s Concordance number]

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Some may argue that Christ’s answers are not necessarily applicable today, in the administration of Grace in which we live, since He spoke those words before His death, resurrection, and the advent of the Holy Spirit who now dwells in those who believe. But to that position, we strongly disagree, and we shall submit to you our reasoning for believing that the answers Jesus-Christ gave back then are just as true and relevant to us today as they were to the people who heard them more than 2,000 years ago. But first, let us examine the two records where the Lord Jesus-Christ was asked this question.

Record 1: Mark 10:17.

Mark 10:17And when he [Jesus] was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

The following was Christ’s first response:

Mark 10:18, 19“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’

Please note that Christ linked Eternal Life to the observance of the royal commandments that God gave on the two tablets of stone. It is also worth noting that Christ made absolutely no reference to the Law of Moses. And it gets even more interesting from that point. The man responded as follow:

Mark 10:19“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

And to this response, the Lord Jesus said:

Mark 10:20 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

First it says that Jesus “looked” at him. The Greek verb translated “look” is emblepó (1689) which means that Jesus did not just look, but He stared at him with a “locked-in gaze”; He looked at him in a sustained, concentrated way, with special “interest, love or concern”. This was not your regular look. If this man did not have the Lord’s attention before, he certainly had it now. And the verse says that after looking at him in such way…He loved him! Oh Father in heaven…what does that mean?? Father, what do you mean that Christ loved him? Why, Father, did you judge it necessary for us to know that Christ loved this man before answering him again?

After loving him, Christ finally unveiled where the man was falling short. He fully exposed the deepest fleshy passions of his own soul: The man was too attached to his current life. Jesus invited him to leave his current life behind, and to follow Him. And what followed is nothing but pure sadness…

Mark 10:21At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

The English translation does not capture completely the gravity, the intensity, of this moment. The word here translated “sad” is the Greek word lupeó (3076) which means severe sorrow and pain. According to the definition, it is the same word used to express the pain of childbirth! Just imagine the grief in this man’s soul! Perhaps – just perhaps – this is why Jesus first looked at him so intently and then loved him, because He knew the excruciating pain the man was about to experience once He fully exposes his fleshy passions. But you see my friends…our Christ is The Christ, He cannot change Himself, He cannot deny who He is (2 Timothy 2:13)…He will tell us the truth. Nothing is hidden before His face.

But here it is…here was the answer: Question: What should I do to inherit Eternal Life? Answer: Give up your life that you hold so dear, and follow me. It is worth noting that Christ demanded that the man lives his life behind before asking him to follow Him. The reason why this is critical is recorded in Matthew 6. First, we decide to leave the current life behind, then, and only then, can we fully apply ourselves to follow another.

Matthew 6:24No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

But what does it mean to follow Christ?

Suppose that you are ready to drive to a city 250 kms away for a special event. You ask your friends to follow you in his or her own car. Everything else being equal, if upon arriving at the destination you look around and your friend is nowhere to be found…did your friend follow you? The correct answer is NO. Does it matter that your friend started to follow you and then stopped at some point? Even if he/she followed you for 200 kms then took an exit, does it matter? No, it does not matter, because when someone asks you to follow him (or her), it is understood that wherever that person will be, and wherever that person will end, you too are expected to be there. Therefore, when Christ asks us to follow Him, it is understood that we should follow Him forever (that is, until we die).

Record 2: Luke 10:25

Luke 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

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One cannot escape both the similarities in the questions but also the stark contrast in attitude between this person in Luke with the one in Mark 10. The first was genuine in his question, he came running to the Lord, and kneeled before Him. He called Christ good master. He truly wanted to know what He should do to inherit Eternal Life. By contrast, the one here “stood” before speaking and as an expert in the law, his purpose was to “test” Jesus. In other words, he thought he already knew the answer. Nevertheless, here is the Lord’s answer:

Luke 10:26“What is written in the Law?” he [Jesus] replied. “How do you read it?”

Very interestingly, Christ points directly to the Law. Which Law? The Law of Moses or the royal Law of God graven on the tablets of stones? The next two verses make it plainly clear that Jesus was referring to the royal Law of God, just as He did with the man in Mark. Note how He, Jesus, approves the answer of the expert.

Luke 10:27, 28He [the expert] answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

Here we have, Question: what must I do to inherit eternal life? Answer: Do the royal Law of God.

However, in the next verse, because the man was seeking to justify himself, he replied “And who is my neighbor?” The verb translated “justify” in verse 29 is the Greek verb dikaióō (1344) which means that he sought to demonstrate that he was “already” righteous. The fascinating answer Jesus gave is recorded from verse 30 to 37.

Luke 10: 30-37 – In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Now; while the two individuals in the two records above had two very different attitudes toward Jesus, and very different motives for asking about how one may inherit Eternal Life, there was an implacable consistency in the Lord’s answers, as well as a common theme behind where these two men fell short. The consistency: Do the Law of God, and you will inherit Eternal Life. Christ said in unambiguous terms that to inherit Eternal Life, one must observe the Law of God.

On the other hand, while these two men could not be more different, they had one critical thing in common: They both thought they had fulfilled the Law of God (not the Law of Moses) and both of them were wrong. The man in the Gospel of Mark was wrong because he failed to recognize that when Christ was asking Him to live his current life behind and to follow Him, He was asking him nothing more than to apply the very first commandment of the Law of God:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”. Christ was not adding anything to that Law. He simply translated it in terms that were directly applicable to that man. The man in the Gospel of Luke was wrong because he had failed to understand what the Law meant by a “neighbor” when the Law states: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. In either case, Christ did not add or subtract anything to the Law of God. He simply emphasized the aspect where each of the two men was falling short.

Oh, how perfect is our Lord! What He said elsewhere must really be true my people:

Matthew 5:18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Can’t we see people? The Law of God that Jesus gave as answers will remain absolutely intact until everything is accomplished and until heaven and earth themselves disappear! We might be under the administration of Grace but it is obvious that neither heaven nor earth has disappeared! So the Law of God stands my people…It stands!

Are Christ’s answers regarding Eternal Life applicable today?

We believe the answer is a resounding YES! First, one should consider that although Christ gave those answers more than 2,000 years ago, Eternal Life is still a future reality today, in the same sense that Christ’s return is still a future reality. However, let us suppose for moment that the answers Christ gave do not apply to us today, because we are in the age of Grace. Let us consider as well what Christ told Peter and the remaining 11 disciples regarding Eternal Life:

Mark 10:28-30Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” 29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – along with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life.Eternal Life 3

Please note that this exchange between Jesus and Peter took place right after Jesus invited the man in Mark 10:17 to leave his life behind and to follow Him. Christ repeats the exact same thing here, when Peter states that they indeed had left everything to follow Him. Christ confirms that none who does such will fail to receive Eternal Life. But here are some questions: Are not those the same Apostles who later delivered us the message of Grace? When they entered themselves in the age of Grace, did Christ’s message to them regarding salvation become irrelevant to them? Did the cross, where Christ’s work was completed (not started and then completed, but completed!) negate all the work He did during His ministry? Wasn’t the cross the “confirmation” and culmination of all that work? Did not Christ charge His Apostles to teach us today those things He taught them face to face? How therefore could Christ’s answer regarding how one inherits Eternal Life not be applicable to us today? Did the requirements for inheriting Eternal Life change for those people (like the Apostles) who once walked with Christ but also lived long enough to enter the age of Grace? Doesn’t the Holy Spirit remind us of “all” the teachings of Christ, as John 14:26 asserts?

John 14:26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

If Christ’s answer is not applicable to us today, then is the Holy Spirit not only reminding us what Christ said, but also telling us that in reality the message regarding Eternal Life that He gave really does not apply to us? Is that what the Scriptures teach?

On the evidences above, we believe there is simply no ground for discounting Christ’s answer regarding Eternal Life. This is how we inherit Eternal Life, and there is no other way: We follow God’s Law, not falling in the same trap of misunderstanding that the two men in the records above fell. We leave our formal life and we follow Christ (to the end), loving our neighbor as ourselves.

May our Lord speak to our souls my people. Let us remember that Christ was asked the same question we ask today, and He gave a clear answer: Do the Law of God my people, the Law of God! To follow the Law of God is to follow Christ, and to follow Christ is to do the Law of God. But just like Peter was promised Eternity although he was not perfect, today following Christ is not a matter of perfection, but of genuine commitment: a commitment to leave a life behind, and to reach for another; a commitment to look in a different direction, and to follow a new path in our mind, in our words and in our actions; a direction where Christ is Lord and where we obey His voice, for how can you call someone Lord if you do not obey His command? The Holy Spirit, my brothers and sisters, is here to help us. He has been sent more than 2,000 years ago to stay with us, to help us stay on that new direction, if we submit to Him. Let us listen to that Spirit, for He reminds us of the Word of Christ and of His Apostles. And yes, He teaches us about Eternal Life, in the exact same way Christ taught His disciples. Glory to the Amen, Glory to the Son, and may all who call on His name depart from iniquity. Amen.