To be a child of G-d’s Kingdom is a concept set apart from any manmade religion.

It doesn’t matter if your parents are Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, or any other religion or non-religion. It doesn’t matter if your grandpa is a rabbi, your dad is a pastor, your uncle is a priest, or Mother Theresa is your distant cousin. It doesn’t matter if you live in Jerusalem, visit Israel, or bathe in holy water.  

You can jump pews, roll on the floor, read liturgy, or say prayers. You can hang a cross on your neck, light candles, fall out in “holy laughter,” or get “slain in the spirit.” You can even squawk like a chicken, quote Scripture verses, and use G-d’s name in every sentence.  BUT none of these things by association, good deeds alone, or “feeling the emotion of an experience” is going to allow you to be saved from your sins and have eternal life with the Father. It’s all about your personal relationship to the Creator G-d and the condition of your heart.

There is one L-rd and He has a name which is recorded in the Scriptures represented by four consonants in Hebrew, (pronounced: Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey). He also has many titles, the Almighty One, the Great I Am, and too many others to mention. Most importantly, He is the Creator of the heavens and earth, the entire universe, animals and man.

There is only one Creator who can take the dust of the earth and create a living being in His image (Genesis 1:26). No other god compares to Him. He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5), He knows the number of hairs on your head (Matt 10:30), and He breathed life into your being. He is our Maker.

Because of the L-rd G-d’s love for us, over two thousand years ago, he saw fit to send His Son (Proverbs 30:4) to save the world from their sin. His Son was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born to a young virgin (Isaiah 7:14). His Son’s name was and is Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and He dwelt among us (John 1:14). He led a sinless life and became the atonement, the Lamb sacrifice for all sin, past present, and future (Isaiah 53:5, 7). 

Yeshua the Messiah said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). The Way is the path to being one with the Father. It is Yeshua’s walk, how He followed Scripture in obedience to ALL the Father said. The Truth is the L-rd G-d’s Word recorded in the Scriptures which was spoken and revealed through His Son. His Word, the Bible, is one hundred percent faithful and reliable into eternity (Psalm 119:142). Yeshua said He is the Life because apart from receiving Him, there is no life. The Life we receive by putting faith in Him is eternal, abundant (John 10:10), full of blessing, and everlasting.

To clarify, Yeshua the Messiah further says in the passage John 14:6 that no one goes to the Father except by Him. No one. This means believing in the Messiah Yeshua, accepting His payment for the price of our sin by dying on the tree (Isaiah 53:4-5; Psalm 22), and believing in His resurrection from the dead.

There is no manmade god on this earth that has risen from the dead. Manmade gods and statues (and I will refrain from naming them) are not the One True Living G-d, the Creator of the entire universe, who breathes life into man and can raise the dead.

Getting back to Messiah Yeshua, what was His message? He taught many things in showing us how to follow G-d’s instructions, mainly to love G-d and love our neighbor. He also spoke about the condition of our heart to achieve this. It was the same as every great prophet had instructed. Repent of your sins, turn to G-d, turn from your wicked ways, be cleansed and humble yourself, seek the L-rd, and live righteously. In reference to seeking, Yeshua used the words Kingdom of Heaven which means G-d’s rule in one’s life. This expression is only found in the Renewed Covenant and rabbinical writings which testifies to the passing down of oral teachings.

What was Messiah Yeshua’s  commission to His apostles? He told them to go and make disciples of all nations, immerse them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He further said to teach them to keep all that He commanded them. Not some things, all things. And He said He would be with them all of the days until the end of the world (Matthew 28:19-20). How is that possible? Hold that thought.

Every teaching, 613 commands in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) and over 1,050 commands in the Renewed Covenant (the New Testament), fall under these two: Love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, soul, and resources (Deuteronomy 6:5); and love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18b).

Messiah Yeshua said, “If you love me, keep my Commandments,” (John 14:15). His Commandments encompass all that He taught His disciples from the wisdom of the Father and the Holy Scriptures He often quoted. This included the Torah and the Prophets. During Yeshua’s life, the Bible as we know it today had not been compiled and the books of the “New Testament” did not exist. The Jewish Believers of Yeshua’s day called themselves The Way, HaDerekh in Hebrew, which also translates the path.

This is the goal for all Believers, to walk as Yeshua walked (Romans 10:4), in obedience to G-d the Father with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is sealed in the new Believer until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30), which is the resurrection of the dead. It is through His Spirit in us that He remains with us all of our days.

G-d does not want anyone to choose to be separated from Him and sent to the lake of fire (2 Peter 3:9). But it is a very real place and a very real choice which scripture warns against (Revelation 20:14-15). G-d reveals Himself to all mankind in His own way and He alone judges the heart of every man. But, His Word is very clear on how to obtain eternal life with Him. He has given access to His Word through His disciples, ancient and modern. And before that, He walked with mankind and spoke through messengers and prophets. There are Bibles in hotels, doctor’s offices, hospitals, book stores, online, and churches who use them. It’s not that hard to get your hands on one. So, we are without excuse to say “I did not know.”

G-d’s plan for mankind to receive cleansing and forgiveness from their sins and become children of His Kingdom is not complicated. 

It’s a simple choice which requires a decision and confession by mouth. From then on it is a journey of growth as we walk out our faith. When we were born, we were born from water in physical birth. To be born into G-d’s family, we must be born again of the Spirit (John 3:5-7). How do we do this?

One: repent. Turn away from sin. Confess your sins to G-d.

What is sin? 1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is lawlessness. Sin separates us from G-d (Proverbs 28:9). It is not holy or righteous living, which means to be set apart from the world’s ways. The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). In G-d’s eyes sin doesn’t become acceptable over time or vary by society. In fact, man creates more ways to sin all the time. His Word says there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Sin has been around since creation in the Garden of Eden. Sin is in opposition to loving G-d and loving our neighbor. It does not bring blessing. It brings a curse.

Two: believe in the L-rd Yeshua and all He has done, His Life, His atoning death for our sin, and His Resurrection.

Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of G-d, came as a baby, as prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures. He fulfilled all the prophecies concerning Him. He grew in wisdom and instructed with authority in all truth. Ultimately, He paid the price for the sin of the world when He was crucified on the stake. Then, as promised, G-d the Father rose Messiah Yeshua from the dead on the third day; and He appeared to many. No religion with a manmade god can make such a claim and prove it.

Our Creator gave His Beloved Son as a sacrifice once and for all to make a bridge between man and Himself (1 Timothy 2:5). Through this amazing act of love we are reconciled to the Father and can have the promise of eternal life with Him. It doesn’t matter what background we come from or what sins we have committed, G-d’s plan is for everyone who will take hold of His gift of eternal life with Him. It is by His loving grace that we are saved. There is nothing we can do to work towards salvation or earn it. It is like a present that we have to open and embrace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Three: confess publicly with your mouth what you have come to believe.

The Scripture tells us to confess that Yeshua is L-rd and believe in our heart that He was raised from the dead and we will live, meaning we are saved or delivered from the penalty of death (Romans 10:9).

Four: walk it out. Live righteously in obedience to His word because of your love for Him.

Scripture tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). If we believe what we confess, then it should be evident by our walk in faith. We walk in humbleness of spirit, set apart, loving G-d and loving our neighbor, pressing towards the goal (Philippians 3:14), and storing up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20).

How do we do this? When we are delivered from our sin and accept the Salvation that is in Messiah Yeshua as the L-rd of our life, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside of us and directs us in all Truth. G-d’s Spirit guides, teaches, warns, convicts, enables, comforts, gifts and ministers to us in many ways. Again, His Spirit is with us all of our days.

And lastly, in walking out our faith and in obedience to following Scripture, we are to be immersed, often heard as baptism.

In Biblical faith, which all Believers are grafted into, immersion, or mikvah in Hebrew, is done by a person of his own free will for several reasons or occasions. The immersion of John in Scripture was for the repentance of sins. We practice an immersion similar to this following the experience of being born again of G-d’s Spirit. This act of obedience publicly proclaims our newly resurrected life in Messiah Yeshua. The old self is buried and we become a new creation in Messiah Yeshua (2 Corinthians 5:17).

To recap the steps…to be a child of the Kingdom of G-d, we repent of our sins, believe in the L-rd Yeshua receiving Him as Savior, confess this with our mouth, and walk out our faith. The first act of obedience should be immersion. In taking these steps, we receive the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us, and we have the promise of eternal life with the Father. The evidence of our born again experience is our transformed life, a walk in obedience to Scripture, and the fruit we produce through the gifting of the Holy Spirit (John 15:4, 8).

So what now? What’s next?

Faith and obedience can be simple but we wrestle often against our old nature. This is what we call dying to the flesh and walking in the Spirit. Our old nature tries to draw us backwards as we desire to walk forward in growth. The enemy of our soul, the devil, throws traps and snares in our path which we must resist. He is out to steal our joy in the L-rd. He is the accuser, reminds us of the past, and tries to bring fear, guilt and doubt upon us. We must pray, study the Word to know who we are as a new creation, and stay in community with other Believers so that we can resist the enemy.

Growth is a process and it’s not always painless. We grow in knowledge through reading, observing, hearing the testimonies of others, and experiencing life. We mature in wisdom by seeking the L-rd and listening to His voice as we go through various life experiences.

So what does being a child of the Kingdom of G-d through repentance, having faith in Messiah Yeshua, and walking in righteousness into eternity have to do with a church choice, birth parents, associations with teachers or organizations, spiritual highs or emotions? Nothing! It’s like adding nuts on ice cream. The sweetness is the relationship with the L-rd G-d.

Deliverance comes from G-d and His plan for us through His Son, not from a church building; faith in Messiah is in our heart, not inherited from a parent; and walking out our faith comes straight from the Holy Spirit guiding us through hearing His word, directly, indirectly, or written. It is not through some emotional experience.

Our place as a Believer is part of G-d’s Kingdom which is not of this world. We are part of the Body of Messiah, a community of people.  Therefore, we plant ourselves in a part of that body where we can use the gifts G-d has given us through His Spirit to further His kingdom. We serve one another, encourage one another, and build one another. We grow in love for our G-d and our neighbor, and produce fruit for the kingdom of G-d. It is through our testimony, walking out our faith that others will come to faith in Messiah Yeshua.