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Follow the instructions
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Instructions are important in many things, especially when it comes to one’s salvation. God’s instructions were given to man in the scriptures. 

In the book of Acts one can find where the apostles and other preachers directed people to follow God’s instructions. On the day of Pentecost Peter told about Jesus. He told about the good Jesus had done and of the miracles He had performed. He told them that they had crucified the very Son of God. When they desired to know what to do, he told them to, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). They had to “follow the instructions”, all of them just not part of them. It was important they followed the words of the preacher as he was directed by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 15:26).

Later Paul wrote, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain” (1 Cor. 15:1-2). In order to remain saved, they had to continue to follow the instructions. Consistency is a must in following God. One cannot follow today and then go their own way expecting to be pleasing to God.

The instructions have not changed. Man must still follow the divine instructions in order to have eternal life. If one desires to have eternal life simply, “follow the instructions.” Sadly, many today just guess at what they need to do, so they fail in following the instructions given by God for man.

One should not just guess what is right, one should study the Bible and follow the plan of God. Yes, God has a plan for man’s salvation. He gave His Son to die for the sins of mankind (John 3:16), He has given man the Bible – His word to know how He desires one to serve Him (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).

In this word one finds examples in the book of Acts that show how individuals obeyed God to become His children. They believed in Jesus as God’s Son, they repented of their sins, confessed Christ before men and were baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38; 8:29-39).

Men down through time have tried to come up with other ways of pleasing God.

Some turned to making idols, while others have tried to change God’s commands to suit their own way of thinking (Rom.

1:22-25; Matt. 15:9). God spoke concerning man’s ways and thoughts compared to His, through the prophet Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa. 55:8, 9). This is why God saw fit to put His word in written form so man would have the instructions.

Some have polluted God’s words by their additions and subtractions to the scripture.

This violates God’s plan. If each person put their thoughts and wishes into the scripture it would be a jumble of ideas and thoughts and no one would know what the instructions really are.

There is no need to guess about salvation, one just needs to read and follow all the instructions.

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