A seeker once asked the Seer, “How do you get into the family of God? I see what you mean about respecting God’s awesome power and sovereignty. At least a little. But what do I have to do in order to get involved in this sonship the Bible keeps on talking about?”
“The first thing is to feel in you inner being, in your heart, that you need to change. Unless a person admits that he is not living right before this awesome Creator God, that person cannot get closer to God. God has a written law, handed down by the Son of God himself to the prophet Moses. It is called the Ten Commandments. It was in effect from the creation of man and woman. It was in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. They are called the commandments of righteousness. And everyone has broken them.
“God laid down the law: You shall have no other gods before me [especially ourselves]. You shall not make for yourself a graven image and bow down to it and serve it. You shall not lift up the name of God [Yahweh] falsely. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honor your father and mother. You shall not murder, nor commit adultery, nor steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet or desire for yourself anything that belongs to your neighbor.
“Those are the commandments as found in Exodus 20. Mankind, led by their old nature, breaks them. Many people who claim to know the Bible say that the law was done away with. But the Savior Jesus (Yahshua) said in Matthew 5: 17, ‘Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets. I have come…to fulfill them.’
“And the way He fulfills the law is giving us His Spirit. But this only comes after we identify our old sinful self on the cross with the dying Savior, and let our old sinning heart die with Christ. This is repentance from sin. Then we must believe that when Christ resurrected from the grave, we, too, were raised from the dead–to walk now in a sinless existence–through belief that His Spirit is now leading and guiding us in this new life in Christ. This is faith toward God, the second of the apostles’ doctrines.
“And it is with these two extremely important and fundamental truths that a new son or daughter of God is born–born of the Spirit. But a person must have a need. God knows His own; He is aware who is written in the book of life, and He will help them and favor them (grace) and lead them into these truths.
“But this is only the first step in the growth to becoming His son or daughter. For this is the foundation that must be built upon with more of His truth and Spirit. For never forget this one thing: Salvation is just the first step in God’s growth cycle. He wants us to mature into full grown fruit-bearing capability as His ruling cadre in His kingdom during the 1,000 year reign! Go and learn what that means. Seek God for it. Study, dig deep, for the kingdom’s treasures are much greater that gold and precious diamonds and jewels.
“Ask Him to send a true teacher who will help you get started. And then, as you get stronger and more mature, you will have no need that any man should teach you, for you will have the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, leading you into all truth” (John 14: 16-26).