Samuel Akpabio, United Kingdom
The Elementary Priciples of CHRIST, Chapter 1
We Must Recognize God As The One Who Has Saved Us From The Sins Of The World:-
Mankind and religions change; but God's love is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. But the love of mankind is carnal because is governed by emotions, it is constantly changing, so is selfish and sefl-centred.
God's love is true, sacrificial and is eternal, hence the bible tells us ; Roman 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."; John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."; and 1 John 4:10, tells us, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the proptiation for our sins." We must believe in God to be Saved from our sins and, receive eternal life by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
God Hears Our Prayers
Paternity, the flesh and blood relationship betwen father and children which enable them to live in the same house, can be equated to the faith that believes in the baptism of Jesus and his blood through the gospel of the water and the Spirit that makes us the children of God. Hence we are able to live on this earth in the church of God as his Saints until we join God in the Kingdom of Heaven when we leave this earth. We are blessed that God is our Father because of our faith that believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit as stated in Romans 8:15, "For ye have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father." The truth is that it is the faith in the gospel of water and the Spirit that forgives everyone from their sins. The Holy Spirit will not fall on those who do not believe in the gospel of water and the Spirit, because their sins are not forgiven and, cannot become the childrenof God. If they believe,they have faith in the Lord, and can receive whatever they ask the Father in the name of Jesus, John 16:23; "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, Verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."
God is not reproachful of us however often we approach him with our needs; James 1:5.
WE must Believe In God As The One Who Will Give Us Our Inheritance:-
We become the adopted sons and daughters of God when we believe the gospel of the water and the Spirit given by the Lord, Romans 8:15. Since we are adopted sons and daughters, we have inheritance with Jesus Christ and, also joint heirs with Jesus; Romans 8:17-18, we are God's Inheritors; Galatians 4:7.
Since we have benn remitted from all our sins and are heirs of God we shall inherieverything from the God of christianity and to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. We cannot do this by ourselves without faith that believes in the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the only begotten son of God, John 6:39, "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."
The Apostles' Creed shows and teaches us how they believed in God. It teaches us that in confessing our belief in God, we should begin thus, " I believe in God the Father Almighty."
The reason for this style of confession is because we must have the faith that God requires from us. This kind of faith makes it impossible for us to conclude that God depended on man's ability to think and experiment. When we have the kind of faith that God requires we conclude by his word that He is the absolute Creator. This is because, if we cannot prove issue by ourselves, we have to accept the Authoritative word of God. The word of God is the Authoritative truth, and the apostles and prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the word of God in the Bible. Jesus is the son of God who heals all our sickness and diseases, and he is the saviour of the world. The prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the account of the creation of the Universe even to his Salvation through His Son, Jesus. And we need to believe the writings of the prophets and the apostles to come the knowledge of the truth and meet the God of Truth.
Christianity is believing in Jesus through the gospel of the water and the Spirit that saves from sins. It is Jesus who gave us this gospel, and we christians accept it as ours by believing in his word. We must believe his word because we were all born in sins and, only Jesus is able to save us from all our sins. We can only be saved from our sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. God gave the mankind this Truth.