“And they sang as it were a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. And no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousands who were redeemed from the earth” (Revelation 14:3)
I) Redemption is a free-will choice to accept God’s offer of eternal life
As illustrated in the chart above, every human person has a choice to make before they die. Do they accept God’s gracious offer of eternal life with Him? This is the reason people were created. God wants a large, large family to be with Him in heaven where He lives. But God did not create people to be robots. We all have free-will on how we live our lives and the decisions we make.
So as you can see, you can say “yes” or you can say “no“. When you say “no” you are telling God you want to do what you want to do while you are in living in the world. If you say “yes” to God’s offer you become friends with Him and you grow together as BFF, or “Best Friends Forever”. If you say “no” you will grow to hate God because He gets in the way of what YOU want to do.
In the Bible, Jesus announced the “Good News” of the Gospel of eternal life through Him
“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest” (Matthew 11:28-29).
In the Bible, the Lord Himself is called the “Redeemer”
“So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, I am Jehovah who makes all things; who stretches out the heavens alone; who spreads out the earth; who was with Me?” (Isaiah 44:24).
In this verse, God says that He alone is our redeemer and the way of eternal salvation (“your redeemer“). He has created all people (“formed you from the womb“) for this purpose.
Jehovah God who created heaven and earth took on the form of a human being (Jesus Christ) so He could show His love to all the created people He was calling (“redeemed”) to join Him in His big family.
“For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus (“the redeemer”), who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
The God of heaven became a human person like we are to walk the earth. He was called Jesus Christ, who is called Himself “The Way”
“There is only one God, and there is only one way that people can reach God. That way is through Christ Jesus, who as a man gave himself to pay for everyone to be free. This is the message that was given to us at just the right time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
The one God of Heaven (“only one God“) took on the form of a man (“Christ Jesus“) to provide a way (“for everyone to be free“). He crucified the human evil nature in himself and made it pure and divine. He showed us “The Way” for us to do the same thing. He was our example of how we shall live with Him and the church in heaven.
So when we say “yes” to God’s offer of eternal life we have REDEMPTION and are delivered from life in our eternal hell if we would have said “no“.
II) Salvation is our spirit and the Lord’s spirit joining together in a relationship
We now have a relationship (by saying “yes“) that is much like a human marriage between a man and a woman, but it is a spiritual relationship. We are no longer are free to live our lives as we please. We have an obligation and responsibility to another person, our heavenly father. If we love that person we will care for and love that person. We will want to do what they ask of us to please them because we love them!
“You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
III) Jesus taught us that we must have this joining together relationship to see heaven. This is called in the Bible as being “born again”
“Jesus answered, “I assure you, everyone must be born again. Anyone who is not born again cannot be in God’s kingdom” (John 3:3).
If we honestly and openly accept God’s offer and say “yes” to Him, He becomes our best friend and Father. We are “born again” spiritually into His family forever and forever!.
IV) But wait! we are not done yet! We have to be prepared for heaven by God. This process is called “regeneration”
Now through the process of redemption, salvation and being born again we have become children of God. But now we have to go to God’s school in this life and learn how to be a grown-up person in God’s heaven forever and forever.
The old Institutional Christian Church says “once saved, always saved”. That the Christian can do nothing to earn eternal salvation. They say our sins are taken away by Jesus. By Jesus dying on the cross our sins are made as white as snow. But this is not true!. Like our Lord Jesus, we have to do our part to crucify the flesh and our evil nature and make it divine. This helps make us suitable for eternal life in heaven. He was our example, he showed us “the way”. We have to do our part (“yes“).
The New Emerging church will reject the notion of the old Institutional Christian church that having faith alone in the finished work of Jesus can bring us salvation
Regeneration is the perpetual and ongoing free-will decisions that the Christian has to make every single day and minute of his life on earth. Again and again, we have to say “yes” or “no” to what Jesus taught us in the Bible. Are we going to be disobedient and ignore His commands and say “no“?
When children are not nice people and obedient to their parents then what are they?
They are mean, selfish and think of only themselves. They are hard to get along with and make other people’s lives hard. In other words, they are in “rebellion” and they are rebellious.
rebellion is opposition to authority: a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another (Sage Dictionary)
God cannot and He will not tolerate such behavior from His children here on earth or when they reach heaven
If God will not tolerate such behavior from His children, how much more harm will come to those who said “no” and rejected His kind offer of eternal life and happiness?
“But according to your hardness and your impenitent heart, do you treasure up wrath for yourself in a day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,” (Romans 2:5)
“But by your callous stubbornness and impenitence of heart you are storing up wrath and indignation for yourself on the day of wrath and indignation, when God’s righteous judgment (just doom) will be revealed. For He will render to every man according to his works [justly, as his deeds deserve]:” (Romans 2:5-6 AMP).
The children of God have to be taught and prepared for a life in heaven while they are living on the earth. This is more than fair treatment from a loving and kind God. Otherwise, we will be like the people who said “no” to the first kind offer of God. This process and preparation for eternal life in heaven are called regeneration.
Regeneration is a life-long path and journey that requires discipline and sacrifice
“Then Jesus said to his followers, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me. Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will find true life” (Matthew 16:24-25).
“You can enter true life only through the narrow gate. The gate to hell is very wide, and there is plenty of room on the road that leads there. Many people go that way. But the gate that opens the way to true life is narrow. And the road that leads there is hard to follow. Only a few people find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
V) The concept of storing up for ourselves eternal “Rewards”
The Bible teaches that is there are rewards for making the right decisions (“yes“) while we are living here on the earth. If we do our very best effort to follow and please God in this life Jesus has promised rewards for His children.
“Also to You, O Lord, belong mercy and loving-kindness, for You render to every man according to his work” (Psalms 62:12 AMP)
“I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
“Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit” [Isa_40:10;] (Revelation 22:12 AMP)
“and shall come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have practiced evil to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29).
“But you have done awesome things that we did not expect. You came down, and mountains shook in fear before you. No one has ever heard of such a God. No one has ever heard such a story. No one has ever seen any God except you, who does such great things for those who trust him” (Isaiah 64:3-4).