Everyone wants to go to the Kingdom of Heaven because it is a place where death, sorrow and pain do not exist. Heaven is a place that is filled with eternal joy, glory and happiness, and it is our spiritual home. Those who believe in God have the hope of returning to their heavenly home.
Then, what kind of people will be allowed to enter Heaven? The Bible testifies that prophets such as Enoch and Elijah ascended into Heaven while they were walking with God. Now, let us learn about the kind of wisdom we need to have in order to enter Heaven. We should first examine the history of our ancestors of faith, all of whom walked with God.
There are many people living on this earth who claim to be Christians, alongside numerous denominations that claim to believe in God. Among all of them, what kind of people are those who walk with God, and which church is actually walking with God according to the Bible? As we are living out our life of faith during the Age of the Holy Spirit, we must make every effort to always walk with God, and ensure that we belong to the church that walks with God. By doing so, we will surely be able to enter the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Ge 5:21–24
As recorded in the book of Genesis, Enoch was said to have walked with God. He was commended as one who pleased God, and as a result, God carried him up to Heaven without allowing him to experience death. This scene is clearly recorded in the Bible (Heb 11:5).
To walk with God means to follow the example of God. Our ancestors of faith walked with God and wholeheartedly followed God’s example throughout their journey of faith. As a result of their unwavering faith, they were able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven where God dwells. This can be seen through the example of Enoch.
We should also walk with God, so that we can be led into the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. Let us learn how to walk with God, through the teachings of Jesus.
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Jn 13:15
Jesus said that He set us an example, which we should follow. This implies that when we fully follow the example of Jesus, we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven as those who walk with Jesus. Those who follow Christ wherever He leads them are the ones who truly walk with God, and they are God’s redeemed people.
And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. Rev 14:3–4
The Bible repeatedly teaches us that we can only enter the eternal Kingdom of Heaven when we follow the example that God has given us. In the Age of the Holy Spirit, only those who walk with the One who has come in Jesus’ new name, Christ Ahnsahnghong, and New Jerusalem Heavenly Mother can enter the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. As the children of God, we must completely follow the example of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.
Everyone who believes in God wants to walk with God throughout their entire life and eventually enter the Kingdom of Heaven; however, unless we follow the same path of life that God has walked, we cannot say that we walk with God. The path God has walked is paved with the truths He taught and practiced as an example for us. Let us see what kind of example God has set for us, and what kind of path we should follow, through clear examples that are recorded in the Bible.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him . . . Lk 4:16–20
When Jesus came to this earth 2,000 years ago, He kept the Sabbath, as was His custom. In His second coming to this earth, He again set the example of keeping the Sabbath.
Since God set the example of worshiping on the Sabbath, what day should those who want to walk with God worship on? According to the modern seven-day week system, the seventh day is Saturday. Therefore, the Sabbath corresponds to Saturday. There are many people who continue to worship on Sunday; however, those who want to walk with God should worship on Saturday, which is the Sabbath. This is the way to demonstrate the correct attitude of faith toward God. We can clearly discern between those who walk with God and those who do not, on the sheer basis of whether or not they keep the Sabbath, following the example of Christ.
Jesus set the example of keeping the Passover as well as the Sabbath.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” . . . They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer . . .” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Lk 22:7–20
The Passover is a holy feast that is very important in regard to our salvation. Jesus gave us the New Covenant Passover for the forgiveness of our sins, and He set the example of celebrating it, having taught its regulations clearly.
Nevertheless, the Passover, the truth of life, was abolished at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325, as a result of Satan’s crafty schemes. This is why many churches have not been keeping the Passover. Despite this history, we should never disregard the direct teaching of God or refuse to follow His example. Those who want to walk with God must keep the Passover, which Jesus Himself celebrated as an example for us, expressing how eagerly He desired to keep it with His disciples, just before He was arrested and crucified.
But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near . . . Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach . . . On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Jn 7:2, 14, 37–38
Jesus also set the example of keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. The Sabbath, the Passover, and the Feast of Tabernacles, which Christ Himself observed, are the feasts that contain the great blessings of God, respectively.
Jesus was in very nature God, despite choosing to put on the flesh and come to this earth (Php 2:5–6). In reality, Jesus did not have to keep the feasts in order to go to Heaven. Nor did He need the forgiveness of sins or the blessings for keeping the feasts of the New Covenant. It is only we, sinners, who need to follow these teachings. Considering this fact, why did Jesus celebrate the feasts at both His first and second coming?
By keeping the feasts, He set an example for us to follow. Jesus has taught us that only those who completely follow His example will be considered worthy enough to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who truly want to walk with God must follow the path of faith in its entirety, according to the example of Christ.
Considering what we have examined so far, which church among the countless churches today teaches people to obey everything that God has commanded us? The church that practices all of the truths of the New Covenant, inclusive of the Sabbath, the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles and so on, is the very church that follows the teachings of God.
We need to reflect upon ourselves to see whether we have been walking with God or following our own thoughts throughout our journey of faith. Additionally, we need to carefully examine which church has the true teachings of Christ and puts them into practice, following the example of Jesus and the apostles.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mt 28:18–20
Jesus said, “Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Which church keeps the New Covenant and fully follows the example of Jesus? It is only the Church of God that fulfills all of these requirements. The Church of God is the same exact church that Jesus Christ established 2,000 years ago, and that Christ Ahnsahnghong, the Savior in the Age of the Holy Spirit, has rebuilt in these last days. This church, which God has established and raised up, is the church we belong to, and it is the very church that walks with God every single day.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mk 16:15–16
The gospel that Jesus told us to preach to all creation refers to the Gospel of the New Covenant. This gospel contains all of the decrees, laws, and regulations, such as the law of baptism, the Sabbath, the Passover, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus Christ Himself commanded us to keep all of these regulations, having taught and observed them as an example for us. If we truly want to walk with God, we should obey all of these decrees, laws, and regulations, as well as teach others to obey them, following the example of Christ. It is only then that they will be able to receive the forgiveness of their sins and follow the path of salvation.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness . . .” Eze 36:26–29
When we listen to the message of the gospel and keep the laws of God, we will be able to recognize the true God, and He will acknowledge us as His people, as those He will save. Those who follow man-made doctrines such as Sunday worship, Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, and Cross Reverence can never receive salvation, because those days are not part of the teachings of Jesus Christ, nor did He ever observe those days Himself. Whether or not we fully obey the teachings of Christ is the determining factor that will separate those who will be saved from those who will be destroyed. Please be sure to always remember this. Jesus tells us to teach all people to obey everything He has commanded us, as well as observing them ourselves.
As the people of Zion, we should walk with God in the same way as Enoch, constantly thinking about the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. By doing so, we will all be commended as those who please God and ultimately enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
We are striving to preach the gospel to everyone in the world, from Samaria and even to the ends of the earth. These efforts are an expression of our determination to preach the teachings of God to all people throughout the world, following the example of Christ. We should lead the people of this world to the right path, enabling them to practice the true teachings of the New Covenant and walk in the ways of God. Those who do so are the true people who walk with God, and the church where those people are gathered is the very church that walks with God.
Our brothers and sisters in Zion all throughout the world are putting forth effort to preach the gospel of the kingdom, regardless of their age or gender. Those who have never heard the good news of salvation before may not be able to understand it properly at first; however, if they look down upon this world from the perspective of the spiritual world, they will say: “Now I realize that they truly made so much effort to teach me everything Jesus had commanded us, just so I could be saved.”
We are now walking with God. If we have understood the love God has for us and His will, we will lead many souls to the path of salvation. Whether or not the people of this world accept the word of God after hearing it depends solely on them. We should make every effort to preach this precious and blessed truth to everyone who has not had an opportunity to hear it yet.
Let us diligently preach the words of life, enabling everyone who listens to them to come back into the arms of God in order to be saved. Please put forth more effort to carry out the great work until everyone around you receives the joy of salvation and the Kingdom of Heaven becomes theirs as well as ours.