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Are You A Slave Or A Son?

Are You A Slave Or A Son?

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Muslims believe that they are slaves of Allah.

Christians who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior believe that they are sons* of God the Father.
*(the meaning of ‘sons’ include both sons and daughters).

 

 

 

A slave has no personal relationship with his master.
A son enjoys a precious personal relationship with his father.

“To all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12

 

A master uses his slaves.
A father nurtures his sons.

“A slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.” (John 8:35)

 

A slave serves his master with the motive of receiving a reward.
A son serves his father in gratitude because he already has the promise of the reward of inheritance.

A slave cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
A son is the heir of the kingdom of God.

“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory…” (Romans 8:17)

 

Muslims worship Allah out of FEAR of being thrown into hellfire
Christians worship the Father out of LOVE because they are accepted in His presence

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

 

Muslims pray and recite the Quran to gain more merit points from Allah to avoid hellfire
Christians pray and read the Bible to grow in intimacy and relationship with God.

Muslims fast because it is mandatory to fast in Ramadhan
Christians fast voluntarily to spend time in devotion to God.

Muslims do good deeds to try and outweigh their bad deeds.
Christians do good deeds to honor the Father’s name.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

 

Muslims do not know if they will be accepted by Allah.
Christians know they have been accepted by the Father though Jesus Christ.

“For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

 

You cannot buy your way into heaven.
You cannot bribe your way into heaven.
You cannot work your way into heaven.
You cannot earn your way into heaven.
You cannot lie your way into heaven.
You cannot pay your way into heaven.
The payment has already been made on your behalf.

Whether you accept this payment or not, is your choice and your decision will determine your eternal destiny.

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God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

“Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:7

Who Can Bear My Sins?

Who Can Bear My Sins?

“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity. (Ezekiel 18:20)

The punishment for sin is death.
Some people point to this verse as proof that Jesus did not and cannot die for our sins.

But wait. Is this verse referring to Jesus Christ?

Did Jesus Christ die for His Father’s sins? Did Jesus Christ die for His son’s sins? Nonsense. This verse does not apply to Jesus Christ at all!

Who is this verse in reference to? It applies to YOU and ME! This verse is simply saying the truth that you and I cannot die for one another or anyone else because we ourselves are guilty of our own sins. We are to bear our own punishment and die for our own sins!

An illustration to understand this clearly:
Imagine that a father and son are sentenced to hang for a crime they committed. Can the son say to the judge, “I will take my father’s sentence and die for him. Let him go.”

Does the judge say, “Oh OK. Since you’re bearing your father’s punishment, then he’s free to go”?  Of course not.

Rather the judge will say, “Sorry, you are going to be hanged for your own crime. And your father will be hanged for his own crime.”

You cannot bear someone else’s punishment. That applies to every human being because WE ARE ALL SINNERS.

 

The point is only someone who is sinless and perfect could possibly take our punishment, because he would not need to die for his own sins.

Is there any human being in history who is completely sinless? Everyone born from Adam has his blood and the same ability to sin that Adam had.

That is why someone who can be a savior from sin has to be born outside of the natural human line. If he is born from a man and a woman, like everyone else, he will carry that same corrupted sin nature and will fall into sin just like every one has since Adam.

The only way would be if someone could be born miraculously, not in the natural way, in a way that would bypass human intervention. Like through a virgin, for example. This person would not inherit the tainted blood of Adam like all human beings. He would not have a corrupted sin nature like you and I and he would be perfectly sinless.

Only such a one, could bear our punishment of sin and save us from death.

But this is nonsense, isn’t it? How can a virgin give birth? Do you know anyone who was born of a virgin in all of earth’s history? If you do, only that person can be your savior!

 

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (meaning’ God with us’).” Isaiah 7:14

Your Night Of Destiny

Your Night Of Destiny

This week marks the holy week of Ramadan. Today is the 27th of Ramadan which is the holiest night for Muslims.

It is known as the Night Of Destiny, or Laylat al-Qadr (in Arabic: لیلة القدر‎‎) as many Muslims pray to God for mercy, forgiveness, blessings and salvation.

Last week, a Muslim asked me “how to be saved?”.

There may be others asking the same questions like “how to have forgiveness of sins.” etc.

I am going to write out a prayer for you below.

You can pray sincerely from your heart to God and He will hear you.

This is between you and God alone. No one else. This is not about religion. Not about Christianity or Islam. This is about you entering into the Kingdom of God. I’m not talking about conversion. I’m talking about transformation – from death to life.

If you think what I’m saying is rubbish and you dont believe it, that’s OK. I have written another prayer that you can use, at the end of this post.

I’m sharing with you what I believe right now, so that on this Night Of Destiny, you can fully trust in God to give you a wonderful eternal destiny.

None of us can can reach God by ourselves. God is completely holy. We are utter sinners. Jesus was the only one without sin. No one can come to God, unless we come through Jesus. He is the way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

If you want to enter into the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the door.

If you believe that Jesus came to save you from your sins and to give you eternal life in heaven as your final destiny….Pray this prayer with sincerity in your heart to God….

“My God, who created the whole universe, You created me. I come before you sincerely on this

Night of Destiny and open my heart to You. None of my thoughts, words and deeds are hidden from You.

I’m praying to You, O God, that You will forgive all my sins now. Cleanse my heart and give me Your

righteousness so that I can have a clean heart and I can be accepted before You. Let Your presence be

in my heart so that I can know You and follow You. I receive Your peace, love and joy. Thank you for

a new life that You have given me, an eternal life as You have promised. I receive Your salvation

through Jesus, the Way, The Truth and the Life.”

 

If you have prayed this prayer, it is between you and God. You don’t have to tell anyone publicly if you don’t want to. But I encourage you to share privately with someone you trust. If you want, you can send me or someone else a private message, and we can guide you further to know even more and to answer your questions.

How to pray this prayer? Just go to some place where you can be alone. It can be in your bedroom, so you can talk to God alone in prayer. You can kneel or prostrate. God is able to hear and answer your prayer today.

Perhaps some of you are already laughing or mocking. It’s your choice to reject the message of salvation on this Night Of Destiny.

 

If you are one of those, then here is another prayer for you to pray to God:

“O God of Abraham. You are the God of all truth. I choose to believe in Your truth alone.

I think that all the things that I have read here are lies, so I reject them, because I don’t want

to believe any lies. But, God, if anything here is the truth from You, please show it to me clearly

because I do not want to miss any blessings from You. Reveal to me in my dreams. Even when I sleep,

I open my spirit to you so that You can speak to me and teach me Your truth.”