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But without Jesus Christ he remains for ever in darkness.

Redemption through Jesus Christ.

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No man has been excluded; no man needs to remain unfree, for the man Jesus died for it on the cross that the entire mankind – men of the past, of the present and of the future - may get redemption from its debt, and no man has been excluded - but against the will of man his redemption does not take place, and the will only finds strengthening through Jesus Christ.

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Redemption through Jesus Christ.

15. and 16. July 1953. B.D. NR. 5724

Every man can redeem himself, when he wants it, but he cannot do it without Jesus Christ. Therefore Jesus Christ is the redeemer, but so man himself does not want it, the work of redemption on the cross has been brought in vain for him. The human will only lets it become effective, the human will must absolutely strive for redemption through Jesus Christ, only then the certainty is provided that redemption becomes his. No man has been excluded; no man needs to remain unfree, for the man Jesus died for it on the cross that the entire mankind – men of the past, of the present and of the future - may get redemption from its debt, and no man has been excluded - but against the will of man his redemption does not take place, and the will only finds strengthening through Jesus Christ. For that reason he must inevitably be acknowledged as God’s son and redeemer of the world, otherwise his help is not requested, otherwise the favours of his work of redemption are not taken up. For the unredeemed state of man exists in that respect that he is tied up by dark power; that the will for the good is kept down and that he is submissively dependent on him, who is his lord – that he carries out his will and therefore violates the law of divine order; that he thinks and acts loveless. The will of man, who is still bound, is directed wrongly. In wrong love he only demands that, what pulls him down, but not, what raises him up. His fetters incessantly pull downward, and if he wants upwards, then he must get free of those fetters, free of that power, which keeps him bound. He must get redeemed and can redeem himself through the power of love. But it is extremely weak in a man and can only experience strengthening, when man calls on him, who has overcome that power through his death on the cross, when he calls that Lord, by whom that one was defeated – Jesus Christ, the divine redeemer and conqueror of death, of the tied up state and of powerlessness. He has acquired unlimited favours through his death on the cross, which he hands out to everyone, who desires them. And with the use of these favours the will experiences a strengthening, which enable man for love work, for acquiring of power from God, which inevitably helps him up and liberates him from the chains, which kept him bound. Through Jesus Christ he has redeemed himself, or also, he was willing to let himself be redeemed by Jesus Christ – to partake of his sacrifice on the cross. Through the blood of Jesus he has got free of all debt, which let him get into the might of that power, which is God’s opponent and for that reason also had to be overcome by God himself.

If Jesus Christ is now not acknowledged as God’s son and redeemer of the world, so the opponent of God keeps power over the man, may it be on earth or also in the hereafter. And indeed this is to be understood so that the soul remains in a sphere, where no light shines for ever; that it reaches no cognition for ever; that it is unfree and powerless and can no longer change its situation itself; that it is unhappy – as long until a rescuer draws near to it. And this rescuer is again Jesus Christ, for only he has the power, to liberate the soul from the might of his opponent. But again the soul must want this itself, it must call him, so the memory comes to it like lightning, through an extremely weak gleam of light, of the man Jesus, who was regarded on earth as rescuer and redeemer of mankind. Through its call it acknowledges him; it is a call from greatest trouble, which the divine redeemer hears and his work of rescue is now also of benefit to this soul that he brings liberation to it from its agony. You men on earth are not allowed to go past Jesus Christ, for you just delay your rescue, which once has to happen after all for you, for you cannot be redeemed without Jesus Christ, but you must want yourselves to be redeemed by him. On earth this will can awaken in you, when you are instructed about him correctly, about the importance of his death on the cross and your attitude to the work of redemption, for perpetually he brings himself into memory of men and the references to him will become in the last time so urgent to be heard that every man should once think about this seriously, whether he can take responsibility for his attitude to Jesus Christ. He is to desire enlightenment about the problem of God becoming man and redemption, then he will also receive an explanation appealing to him; but is to not to have the audacity to make a rash judgement and reject everything, what stands in connection with Jesus Christ. Once he has to take the way to him. Extremely painful is however his remorse, when he recognizes his error only in the hereafter, when he himself extends his state of agony through his hostility of him, who alone can deliver him from his trouble. As soon as man on earth or also in the hereafter takes the way to Jesus Christ, he goes towards his redemption. But without Jesus Christ he remains for ever in darkness; he can only rise from the grave of death, when he acknowledges him, who has overcome death. He can only be happy, so he lets himself be redeemed through his will through Jesus’ blood.
Amen. B.D. NR. 5724.

 

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