Let that, therefore, abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father – 1st John 2:24.
The word if is mentioned several times throughout the New Testament. The word if is provided with the condition of one carrying out the instructions or omitting the instructions written in the Bible, God’s written Word.
Many professing Christians have been misleading themselves and others for years that once saved, always saved. The Bible was written for the Christians to learn and adhere to. To receive the blessings and the wrath of God comes with an “If”. The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest teachers and apostles in the Bible, but he made the statement, if he didn’t follow what he taught, he would be a castaway, meaning disposed of, rejected, abandoned (But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway – 1st Corinthians 9:27).
False teaching has led many of God’s people astray because they follow the teaching of ministers that have been sent by Satan to lead his people astray (For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their work – 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). Whether than reading the Word of God for themselves, accompanied by prayer, they listen to false doctrine that leads them away from Christ.
Professing Christians can’t do or say or go where the non-believers do and say and go. There is a difference between a true Christian and a nonbeliever. And if professing Christian lives as a nonbeliever, he or she will receive what the non-believer receives when Jesus returns to Church, the body of Christ. To receive salvation comes with an “if,” to become righteous in the sight of God, it comes with an “if,” to receive eternal life or damnation comes with an “if.” To receive the prophecy that has been given you comes with an “if.”
If we live according to our fleshly desires, we will live according to the world’s standards and actions; if we live according to the Spirit, our lifestyle will be that of the Son of God and the Spirit of God (For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit – Romans 8:5). When we live according to the flesh, were living a carnal life, and a carnal mind is an enmity against God (Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be – Romans 8:7). To have enmity against God is to be an enemy of God.
If one has truly accepted salvation, their hearts will convict them of the things that are against the Word of God. Some things that are sins are not written in the Bible one has to have the Spirit of God abiding in them to know what is the perfect will of God, and that only comes by renewing the mind, to have the mind of Christ. If we don’t have the mind of Christ will carry out the deeds of a non-believer because they will live according to their will and not the will of God.
If one has truly accepted salvation, they will have union and communion with Jesus, meaning they have become one with Christ and commune to God through Jesus in prayer and thanksgiving. Only through Jesus will God accept our prayers and thanksgiving. If His Spirit has not come into our hearts, we will not have the mind of Christ or the heart of God. This comes only by regeneration of the spirit and heart by Jesus Christ.
Sanctification accompanies salvation; many can profess Christianity yet live like a nonbeliever because they have not received true salvation that will change their hearts and spirit. If the heart changes, the mind and the will be changed to serve God wholeheartedly.
If one truly accepts salvation, he or she will become a new creation in Christ (Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new – 2nd Corinthians 5:17). When one has come into vital union with the risen and glorified Lord, he or she is a new creation; there will be a decisive break with the old life at the moment of salvation.
If one has truly received salvation, he or she has become the children of Abraham. Those that have salvation will also receive the blessings of Abraham (So then they which is of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham – Galatians 3:9). They have received salvation by faith, believing the Word of God, and accepting His salvation by His Son, Jesus. Blessings are upon those that are children of God.
If adultery, fornication, idolatry, hatred, strife, envying, drunkness, lying, cheating, stealing in any form will not inherit the kingdom of God,k meaning he or she will not go to heaven when they die because he or she is not a Christian. God has given Christian an instruction manual, and it has to be read in order to comply. If one does not comply with the written Word of God, they too will not inherit the kingdom of God. What’s not written in the Bible as sin must be discerned by the person to know, and that only comes by His Spirit residing in them.
If we receive salvation, we have a guarantee that God will provide, protect, bless, give joy, hope, and answer prayers. God will make ways when circumstances and situations have you backed in a corner. God will fight for His people, and He gives His people the victory in whatever they are going through either on this side or on the side of heaven; either way, they will come out with the victory!
If you love God, you will keep His commandment!