Keeping the Commandments

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.

John 14:21

There are still many people who think they can achieve their salvation by keeping the commandments. However, the Bible is very clear about this and tells us that salvation is by grace, not by works of the law. The question then is should we keep the commandments? The answer is yes, but the reason is not because they lead us to salvation. In John 14:21 Jesus says we have and keep his commandments is to show that we love Him.

An excellent application for what it says John 14:21 is what he said the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon: “If Christ died for me, ungodly as I am, then I cannot live in sin, but I should get up, love and serve who has redeemed me. I cannot play with the evil that has killed my best friend. I must be holy for love of Him.” The act of keeping the commandments is our best answer to the salvation by grace that we obtained.

On the other hand, the American writer Tullian Tchividjian (1972- ) said: “You cannot cancel your sin to live observing the Law. Nothing can remove sin except the grace of God.” Tchividjian continues: “The Law brings us knees before grace. The gospel keeps us on our knees in gratitude.” What he says first Tchividjian is just what the Bible says about the Law is not useful to forgive sins. But our gratitude to whom saved us undeservedly should move us to observe the Law once we are saved.

We must be very aware of something about the commandments and grace. First of all, the Law clearly demonstrates our sinfulness. The application of the law of God is relentless; who violates a simple statute is guilty of all. Therefore, no one is innocent in the trial when the Law is applied. That makes it impossible for any person to acquire salvation through compliance with the Law.

As God is a just judge, He will not forsake sin, which is the same as a crime against Him, without retribution. If we endeavor to justify through the Law, no doubt we will be found guilty. That’s why someone should pay for our crimes and sins. Jesus Christ offered to be the scapegoat on which the full weight of the Law will be applied for our sins. In us it is to decide if we accept that pay for them or assume ourselves our punishment, which is eternal death.

If our decision is to accept the gift of love of grace, it is not possible that we intend to continue our past life back to God’s Law. God’s love and grace should move us to keep His commandments. There’s the new birth, to leave the past life of sin and take the path of holiness. To say that we accept the grace and keep practicing sin is a great hypocrisy and deception.

While keeping the commandments does not lead to salvation, once we are saved by grace, the Law leads us to holiness without which no man shall see God. Once we become to Christ is not God who is under our service as many may think, it is us that we have transformed into His servants and His children and as such we are subject to Him, to His rules not ours. God bless you.

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Guardar los Mandamientos

El que tiene mis mandamientos, y los guarda, ése es el que me ama; y el que me ama, será amado por mi Padre, y yo le amaré, y me manifestaré a él.

Juan 14:21

Todavía existe mucha gente que piensa puede alcanzar su salvación guardando los mandamientos. Sin embargo, la Biblia es muy clara al respecto y nos dice que la salvación es por gracia, no por las obras de la Ley. La pregunta entonces es ¿debemos guardar los mandamientos? La respuesta es sí, pero el motivo de guardarlos no es porque nos conduce a salvación. En Juan 14:21 Jesús dice que tener y guardar sus mandamientos es demostrar que lo amamos.

Una excelente aplicación sobre lo que dice Juan 14:21 es lo que dijo el gran predicador inglés Charles Spurgeon: “Si Cristo murió por mí, impío como soy, entonces no puedo vivir más en el pecado, sino que debo levantarme, amar y servir al que me ha redimido. No puedo jugar con el mal que ha dado muerte a mi mejor amigo. Debo ser santo por amor a Él mismo.” El acto de guardar los mandamientos es nuestra mejor respuesta a la salvación que obtenemos mediante la gracia.

Por otro lado, el escritor norteamericano Tullian Tchividjian (1972- ) dijo: “No puedes anular tu pecado al vivir observando la Ley. Nada puede remover el pecado excepto la gracia de Dios.” Y continúa diciendo Tchividjian: “La Ley nos trae de rodillas ante la gracia. El evangelio nos mantiene de rodillas en gratitud.” Lo que dice primero Tchividjian es justo lo que afirma la Biblia con respecto a que la Ley no es útil para perdonar los pecados. Pero nuestra gratitud hacia quien nos salvó sin merecerlo debe movernos a observar la Ley una vez somos salvos.

Debemos estar muy conscientes de algo con respecto a los mandamientos y la gracia. Primero que nada, la Ley demuestra claramente nuestra condición de pecadores. La aplicación de la Ley de Dios es implacable, quien viola un simple estatuto es culpable de todo. Por lo tanto, nadie resulta inocente en el juicio cuando se aplica la Ley. Eso imposibilita que alguna persona adquiera la salvación mediante el cumplimiento de la Ley.

Como Dios es un juez justo, Él no va a dejar el pecado, el cual es lo mismo que un crimen en Su contra, sin el merecido castigo. Si nos empeñamos en justificarnos a través de la Ley, sin lugar a duda seremos hallados culpables. Es por eso que alguien debe pagar por nuestros delitos y pecados. Jesucristo se ofreció a ser el chivo expiatorio sobre el cual se aplicara todo el peso de la Ley por nuestras culpas. En nosotros está decidir si aceptamos que Él pague por ellos o asumimos nosotros mismos nuestro castigo, el cual es la muerte eterna.

Si nuestra decisión es aceptar el regalo de amor de la gracia, no es posible que pretendamos continuar con nuestra vida pasada de espaldas a la Ley de Dios. El amor de Dios y la gracia nos deben mover a guardar Sus mandamientos. Ahí está el nuevo nacimiento, en abandonar la vida pasada de pecado y tomar el camino de la santidad. Decir que aceptamos la gracia y mantenernos practicando el pecado es una gran hipocresía y un engaño.

Aunque guardar los mandamientos no nos conduce a la salvación, una vez somos salvos por gracia, la misma Ley nos guía hacia la santidad sin la cual nadie verá a Dios. Una vez nos convertimos a Cristo, no es Dios quien está a nuestro servicio como muchos pueden pensar, somos nosotros que nos hemos transformados en Sus siervos y Sus hijos y, como tales nos vemos sujetos a Sus reglas no Él a las nuestras. Dios te bendiga.

 

He Who Believes Has Eternal Life

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

John 3:36

Eternal life is gained by believing in Jesus, and then repenting of our sinful lives. Who refuses to believe in the Son of God, he will not receive the forgiveness and mercy of the Father. Refusing to believe in Jesus is equivalent to rejecting grace and when we do that, we fall under the law that it always will find us guilty. As guilty of sin against a holy and righteous God, justice will be upon us applying ourselves the corresponding death sentence according to our iniquities.

The American preacher Paul Washer (1961- ) said: “The gospel is no salvation for everyone, but salvation for those who believe. For others it’s a death sentence.” The words of Washer can be clearly explained in the light of John 3:36. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ has salvation and eternal life. However, the rest of humanity who wants to remain without believing in the Son, as John 3:36 says, will not see life will be reached by the wrath of God’s judgment.

Keep in mind that believing in Jesus is the requirement to be touched by grace, be forgiven and receive everlasting life. And grace is the very essence of the gospel. Rejecting Christ’s grace is to reject and ignore the gospel. When rejecting the good news of salvation, we will rely on the works of the law, which not only leads to curse as Galatians 3:10 says, but we always will be found guilty and deserving of punishment for sin, which is the death penalty.

I think it should be something transcendental pay attention to what will happen to us after we leave this world. The English preacher Thomas Manton (1620-1677) said: “The main concern of a man should be at that place where lives longer; therefore eternity should be your concern.” We were not born to endure on Earth, but when our days on this planet conclude, that’s when eternity begins and there are only two available paths: life or death.

If we really liked as we lived in this world, I think it would be wise to ensure that we worry about life for eternity. Not surprisingly, the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon said: “Time is short. Eternity is long. It is reasonable to live this short life in light of eternity.” Eternity should be our highest priority. The Lord makes it very clear in Mark 8:36: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Not worth living this life focused on accumulating wealth or be satisfied with pleasure. Even it is not so important to seek to enjoy life and be happy. It is not true what many people out there say that the only thing we get to die is what we enjoy. Nor we take the riches or our loved ones, no feeling, no satisfaction, no achievements. What really we are taking with us is the visa to heaven or to hell. Everything else stays here in the hands of those others.

What you choose as your final destination, heaven or hell? Heaven means eternal life; hell is synonymous with perpetual death. Your decision should take while you breathe, no one can do for you and when you die, and have missed the opportunity to change his mind. Believing in Jesus is the difference between life and death. Make up your mind! God bless you.

El que Cree Tiene Vida Eterna

El que cree en el Hijo tiene vida eterna; pero el que rehúsa creer en el Hijo no verá la vida, sino que la ira de Dios está sobre él.

Juan 3:36

La vida eterna es adquirida al creer en Jesús luego de arrepentirnos de nuestra pecaminosa vida. Quien se rehúsa a creer en el Hijo de Dios, dejará de recibir el perdón y la misericordia del Padre. Rehusar creer en Jesús es equivalente a rechazar la gracia y cuando rechazamos la gracia caemos bajo la Ley que siempre nos encuentra culpables. Como culpables de pecar contra un Dios Santo y Justo, su justicia estará sobre nosotros aplicándonos la condena a muerte correspondiente conforme a nuestros pecados.

El predicador norteamericano Paul Washer (1961- ) ha dicho: “El evangelio no es salvación para todos, sino salvación para los que creen. Para los demás es una sentencia de muerte.” Las palabras de Washer pueden explicarse claramente a la luz de Juan 3:36. Quien cree en Jesucristo tiene salvación y vida eterna. Sin embargo, el resto de la humanidad que quiere permanecer sin creer en el Hijo, tal como dice Juan 3:36, no verán vida y serán alcanzados por la ira del juicio de Dios.

Hay que tener presente que creer en Jesús es el requisito para ser tocados por la gracia, ser perdonados y recibir la vida eterna. Y la gracia es la esencia misma del evangelio. Rechazar a Cristo es rechazar la gracia e ignorar el evangelio. Al desechar las buenas nuevas de salvación, vamos a depender de las obras de la Ley, lo cual no solo nos conduce a maldición como dice Gálatas 3:10, sino que siempre nos encontraría culpables y merecedores del castigo por el pecado, el cual es la pena de muerte.

Creo que debería ser algo trascendental ponerle atención a lo que va a pasar con nosotros una vez abandonemos este mundo. El predicador inglés Thomas Manton (1620-1677) dijo: “La mayor preocupación de un hombre debe ser por aquel lugar en el que habita por más tiempo; por tanto, la eternidad debe ser su preocupación.” No nacemos para perdurar sobre la Tierra, pero cuando nuestros días en este planeta concluyen, entonces es cuando comienza lo eterno y solo hay dos caminos disponibles: el de vida o el de muerte.

Si nos gustó vivir mientras habitábamos este mundo, creo que sería muy sensato preocuparnos por asegurar que tengamos vida por la eternidad. No en vano, el gran predicador inglés Charles Spurgeon decía: “El tiempo es corto. La eternidad es larga. Es razonable que vivamos esta breve vida a la luz de la eternidad.” La eternidad debiera ser nuestra mayor prioridad. El Señor lo dice muy claro en Marcos 8:36: Porque ¿qué aprovechará al hombre si ganare todo el mundo, y perdiere su alma?

No vale la pena vivir esta vida enfocados en acumular riquezas o satisfacernos con placeres. Incluso ni siquiera es tan importante buscar disfrutar la vida y ser felices. No es cierto lo que dice mucha gente por ahí de que lo único que nos llevamos al morir es lo que gozamos. Ni nos llevamos las riquezas, ni los seres que amamos, ni los sentimientos, ni la satisfacción, ni los logros. Lo que verdaderamente nos llevaremos es la visa hacia el cielo o hacia el infierno. Todo lo demás se quedará aquí en otras manos distintas a las nuestras.

¿Qué escoges como tu destino final, el cielo o el infierno? El cielo significa vida eterna, el infierno es sinónimo de muerte perpetua. Tu decisión la debes tomar mientras respires, nadie la puede hacer por ti y, cuando mueras, ya habrás perdido la oportunidad de cambiar de idea. Creer en Jesucristo es la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte. ¡Decídete! Dios te bendiga.

 

We Must Believe in Jesus

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 3:18

Believing in Jesus is the only guarantee we have that we will not be condemned on the Day of Judgment. The Law of God shows us clearly that we have all sinned and are guilty before Him. The wages of sin is death and our final destiny would be hell unless we believe in the only begotten Son of God. Therefore, we must believe in Jesus and put all our faith and trust in Him. By believing in Him, we give Him permission to conduct our lives to the Father.

There are so many benefits of believing in Jesus Christ that the best way to know them is to see what Scripture says about itself. John 12:46 says: I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. Believing in Jesus, we leave the darkness of sin to live under His marvelous light. Until we believe in Him, we remain wedded to the traditions, beliefs tied to malicious touts the world and immersed in our own convictions.

Believing in Jesus empowers us to do the works He did, as expressed in John 14:12: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. The Lord spoke of the signs will follow those who believe, which include cast out demons, heal the sick, speak new languages ​​and have protection against damage. During His earthly ministry, the Lord did many miracles and promised that those who believe in Him also will do.

The Lord promised that those who believe in him will not thirst, as John 6:35 says: Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Also to sprout them rivers of living water, as John 7:38 says: Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. And in 1 John 5:10 reads: Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.

Believing in Jesus is not eternally die is to live while dead and resurrected in the last day. As the Scripture says:  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11: 25-26). And in John 6:40: And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Believing in Jesus gives salvation for us and ours, as Acts 16:31: So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And though salvation we have eternal life, as John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. And we are children of God, according to John 1:12: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

And when we believe in Jesus, we are born again of God himself, as 1 John 5:1 says: Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. God bless you.

Hay que Creer en Jesús

El que en él cree, no es condenado; pero el que no cree, ya ha sido condenado, porque no ha creído en el nombre del unigénito Hijo de Dios.

Juan 3:18

Creer en Jesús es la única garantía que tenemos de que no seremos condenados en el Día del Juicio. La Ley de Dios nos demuestra claramente que todos hemos pecado y somos culpables ante Él. La paga del pecado es muerte y nuestro destino final sería el infierno a menos que creamos en el unigénito Hijo de Dios. Por lo tanto, hay que creer en Jesús y depositar toda nuestra fe y confianza en Él. Al creer en Él, le damos autorización para conducir nuestras vidas hacia el Padre.

Son tantos los beneficios de creer en Jesucristo que la mejor manera de saberlos es ver lo que la propia Escritura dice al respecto. Juan 12:46 dice: Yo, la luz, he venido al mundo, para que todo aquel que cree en mí no permanezca en tinieblas. Al creer en Jesús, abandonamos las tinieblas del pecado para vivir bajo Su luz admirable. Hasta que no creemos en Él, permanecemos aferrados a las tradiciones, atados a las creencias maliciosas que el mundo pregona y sumergidos en nuestras propias convicciones.

Creer en Jesús nos faculta a hacer las obras que Él hizo, tal como lo expresa Juan 14:12: De cierto, de cierto os digo: El que en mí cree, las obras que yo hago, él las hará también; y aun mayores hará, porque yo voy al Padre. El Señor habló de las señales que seguirán a los que creen, las cuales incluyen echar fuera demonios, sanar enfermos, hablar nuevas lenguas y tener protección contra el daño. Durante Su ministerio en la Tierra, el Señor hizo muchos milagros y prometió que quienes creen en Él también los harán

El Señor prometió que quienes creen en Él no tendrán sed, como dice Juan 6:35: Jesús les dijo: Yo soy el pan de vida; el que a mí viene, nunca tendrá hambre; y el que en mí cree, no tendrá sed jamás. También que les brotarían ríos de agua viva, tal como dice Juan 7:38: El que cree en mí, como dice la Escritura, de su interior correrán ríos de agua viva. Y en 1 Juan 5:10 dice lo siguiente: El que cree en el Hijo de Dios, tiene el testimonio en sí mismo; el que no cree a Dios, le ha hecho mentiroso, porque no ha creído en el testimonio que Dios ha dado acerca de su Hijo.

Creer en Jesús es no morir eternamente, es vivir aún estando muerto y resucitar en el día postrero. Tal como dice la Escritura: Le dijo Jesús: Yo soy la resurrección y la vida; el que cree en mí, aunque esté muerto, vivirá. Y todo aquel que vive y cree en mí, no morirá eternamente. ¿Crees esto? (Juan 11:25-26). Y también en Juan 6:40: Y esta es la voluntad del que me ha enviado: Que todo aquel que ve al Hijo, y cree en él, tenga vida eterna; y yo le resucitaré en el día postrero.

Creer en Jesús da salvación para nosotros y los nuestros, como dice Hechos 16:31: Ellos dijeron: Cree en el Señor Jesucristo, y serás salvo, tú y tu casa. Y con la salvación tenemos vida eterna, como dice Juan 3:16: Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda,  mas tenga vida eterna. Y somos hechos hijos de Dios, conforme a Juan 1:12: Mas a todos los que le recibieron, a los que creen en su nombre, les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios.

Y cuando creemos en Jesús, nacemos de nuevo, del propio Dios, como dice 1 Juan 5:1: Todo aquel que cree que Jesús es el Cristo, es nacido de Dios; y todo aquel que ama al que engendró, ama también al que ha sido engendrado por él. Dios te bendiga.

 

God Knows Your Heart

He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

Luke 16:15

There is a natural tendency in many human beings to justify their behavior. If a survey with the only question was asked: Do you consider yourself a good person? Most humans would answer yes. But God knows every heart and perfectly knows our true intentions. We can deceive each other. We can even fool ourselves to be convinced that we are good. But what it is high and sublime for us, for God is garbage.

Humans generally use excuses and pretexts to justify their mistakes. Even fictional characters use excuses, for example those performed by Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Chespirito). The Chavo del Ocho most famous excuses were: “It was accidentally wanting” and “It’s that they do not have patience with me.”His other famous character, the Red Grasshopper also used excuses such as: “All my movements are carefully calculated,” “I did intentionally,” and “They take advantage of my nobility.”

The justification of human beings was born from the moment that our first parents sinned first. Genesis 3:11-13 says: And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The man blamed God first and then his wife and this, in turn, blamed the serpent.

However, the justification of man not only limited to excuse their errors. It is quite normal that people present themselves heroically to talk about their successes. Thus they justify themselves by saying things like: “I won the distinction because I’m the best in my career,” or “Nobody could have done better than me,” or “I am the greatest, no one beats me.” All that pride may impress men and women, but before God, such achievements are nothing.

God, as our Creator, He knows better us than anyone. He knows what we limp foot, but most of all, He discovers what lies behind our actions. It is impossible to simulate in front of God what is not, and so, it is a futile exercise. Before God asking Adam and Eve He knew what the two had done. God also knew that their answers would not meet the truth. Likewise, He will recognize if you’re lying or not when He confronts our sins.

Much of humanity considers them good. In such cases, they do not give the hint when sinners are excluded from the Kingdom of God is mentioned. They justify themselves by saying that they have never killed anyone, they have not stolen, they have been faithful to their partners, they worry about being good neighbors and are always ready to collaborate in social works. Then they present their works as sublime and worthy of being considered for salvation. The reality is that God knows every sin of every human being and also knows that we are all disqualified to save ourselves. His grace alone justifies us through faith in Jesus Christ. God bless you.