This is the first
place in the Bible
that "eternal life" is used. And a
young Jewish man asked Christ the question, that we all want to
know the answer to! What did Christ say? The answer is
quite surprising. He said, "...if thou wilt enter into
life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which?
Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit
adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false
witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself."
That's a funny answer if
Christ was getting ready to do away with the law as some try to
teach. The reason He told this young man to keep the
commandments was because Christ came to bring repentance and
salvation not only to Israel but eventually to the whole world.
Repentance and salvation go hand in hand. You can't have
one without the other. Many people who claim to be
Christians don't even know what repentance is, and it is the
basis of true Christianity. Christ came to call sinners to
repentance and to eternal life.
ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not
sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners
to repentance." Matthew 9:13
Christ's purpose was not
to gather up all the righteous people, it was to call sinners to
repentance. What exactly is sin? The Bible
it says that "Sin is the transgression of the law."
(1 John 3:4 "Whosoever commits sin transgresses
also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.")
REPENTANCE IS THE
BASIS OF TRUE CHRISTIANITY...Do you want to be a true Christian?
Luke 24:47 says "And that
repentance and remission of sins should be
preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
Christ's job was to bring repentance of sin and the forgiveness
of sin that comes with it. He came to bring us into
alignment with His way. He came to lead human beings into
eternal life....into the spiritual promised land. Maybe
this is why Christ said, "I tell you the truth, everyone who
sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place
(ETERNAL LIFE) in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
It's time for you to come
out of the spiritual slavery of sin... Repent of your sins
and come out of spiritual Egypt. Establish a covenant with
the true God by remembering to keep all His commandments,
including the commandment to remember the seventh day of the
week which is the Saturday Sabbath. Remember Christ's
answer to the young rich man
"...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.