Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal."28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God? 29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.
I love that the "work of God" is to "believe in him whom he has sent". To trust Jesus.
1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
One of the first things I try to teach my children is to trust Jesus. That is essential to the good news.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Certainly there is false belief, and idolatrous ideas of Jesus. There will sadly be many who think they believe, but do not
Matthew 7:20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'
You can be religious, but not trust in Jesus. Or have a false faith that lacks repentance.
Mark 1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
1 John 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
So clearly, true faith has repentance. True trust must be based on the true Jesus as He has been revealed in the Bible. You can't just make Jesus up the way you want him to be. Lot's of kid's are really passionate about Santa Claus, but that doesn't make him real. There is one God eternally existing in 3 persons. Persons with characteristics. God is a person. You can't just imagine Him to be how you choose. My wife is a person, I can't just imagine her to be someone else. She is who she is and it's my job to love her that way. If I don't, I don't really love her.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The law is true. It highlights our God given conscience we are so good at suppressing. It brings to our attention our wretchedness before God. Our lies are an abomination. Our selfishness is sin. Covetousness is idolatry. On and on the the beat of the law sounds. Guilty, guilty, guilty. Vile, depraved, sinner it truly and faithfully condemns. Jesus doesn't hide that, he amplifies it. See the sermon on the mount, you have heard...but I say to you. Jesus doesn't hide the truth of our sinfulness from us. He actually reveals it more and more. Rather than giving false comforts and flattery, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin. On the background of that truth. We have the grace of God.
Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
The truth is quite ugly, but the grace is all the more wonderful when we know it. God so loved the world, that He gave Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. To save us from the wrath of God, and reconcile us through the death of His Son. We broke God's law Jesus paid our fine. Now that we are reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Obey the gospel, repent and believe. Trust Jesus.
Lord willing, I'll be joining a group tomorrow to share the gospel at a women's prison here in Romania. Most likely many will come as there will be some special gift for the upcoming women's day celebrated in Romania. Please pray for God to work and save souls. Lord willing, a brother from our gathering will be speaking.
Praise God for the opportunities He has continued to give me to go and preach to the men in a local prison. Please Pray for God to be glorified and to save the lost. I'm usually given a text to prepare for and it's such a joy to see what I learn.
Please pray for God to use the many tracts that the brothers distributed in the neighbor hood of our gathering.
We had a meeting with everyone about becoming a church last month. We really need God's guidance, as we go ahead.
Please pray with us for God to provide a vehicle and if it's His will a better home, and our general needs of life. It seems our children are finishing their school books faster than I can buy them. (I suppose that is rather a blessing.)
Also if you would pray about my attempts once more to organize a camp. That God would open or close the doors for that. I'm trying once again to invite students to the US to go to Pine Ridge Bible camp. I'm marketing it as English Immersion in the US. It truly is, but it's also really nice that they would hear the gospel too.