Matthew 4:17 (ESV Strong's)
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The doorway to the kingdom of heaven is repentance. The only way.
John 10:29-30 (ESV Strong's)
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
No one can prevent us from going into the Father’s hand. Neither can anyone snatch us out of His hand. Our coming or going is our choice. The Father has reached out His hand to us through His Son Jesus and God lifts us into His life.
John 3:5-7 (ESV Strong's)
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
The Old Testament is the account of God dealing with the flesh of man. The New Testament is the account of God dealing with man in the flesh of man. He enables man to be reborn and enter the kingdom of God. This is the only way.
Our conversion and confession is not a onetime word, but an ongoing conversation which translates into our transformation into His image.
Following Jesus means making Him the Lord of our lives.
You are not a disciple of Jesus unless He is Lord of your life.
Psalms 25:4-5 (ESV Strong's)
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Psalms 25:9-10 (ESV Strong's)
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
James 1:25 (ESV Strong's)
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
He will teach and lead all who obey the law of liberty, which are the commandments of Christ. We humble ourselves by making Him the Lord of our lives. He does so through the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth. This is the mind of Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (ESV Strong's)
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
John 14:1-3 (ESV Strong's)
1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
The Father’s house is made up of the hearts in which He abides, the new temple that was raised from the tomb of death. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you. He is doing so through the Holy Spirit given to each believer in the body of Christ. We embark on a journey of sanctification until He takes us to Himself to join Him where He is. He is with us.
Leviticus 8:30 (ESV Strong's)
Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his garments, and also on his sons and his sons' garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments, and his sons and his sons' garments with him.
We in the body of Christ have been consecrated by the blood of Jesus and anointed by the Holy Spirit. Thus we’ve been cleansed and purified to wear the white robes of the righteousness of Christ. We serve as a royal priesthood in the temple of our Lord.