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Remembering the Password
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Several years ago, we would not have even considered paying our bills online or doing our banking using a computer and the internet. Most everything is done online nowadays and for the most part it is a wonderful thing. It is much easier to pay bills via online account platforms. Instead of worrying about things being on time or stolen in the mail, you share your bank account information with the billing group, click a few buttons and your bills are paid in an immediate fashion.

There are some drawbacks to having so many things done online. One big drawback is remembering login names and passwords. If you do any transactions online for any length of time, you will have multitudes of login names and passwords to remember. As a matter of fact, we have accumulated so many that we have a password and login hard copy so we will have a backup just in case we forget our login information. Of course, the problem becomes hiding the hard copy of the login name and password information from any person who might steal your information.

There are key phrases that must be uttered before one can get access to eternal life. There are some spiritual passwords, if you will, that need to be spoken so one can obtain salvation. There are some things one needs to hear proclaimed before they can have eternal life (Romans 10:15). There are “passwords” of approval that need to be utter before one can enter into eternal life.

For one thing, one must proclaim Christ as the Son of God before he can be saved. Jesus makes this fact apparent during His earthly ministry. He says in Matthew 10:32-33, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” While this confession is necessary before one can have eternal life (Romans 10:10), it continues to be re-proclaimed throughout one’s Christian walk before men and God.

Some other words that we need to hear are in reference to our salvation on the day of judgement. We want to have the approval of God regarding the way we have lived our lives. Every person should want to hear the words uttered in Matthew 25:21 which says, “His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'”

Every person should want to hear good news. Some of the best news ever revealed was the birth of Jesus. The shepherds learn of His birth from the mouths of angels. Luke 2:9-12 says, “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

It is no wonder that the gospel can be translated as a “good message” or as “good news.” The best news that any person can hear is a message that provides God plan for saving souls.

The gospel is the good news regarding the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that humankind might be saved (I Corinthians 15:1-4). One obeys the gospel at the point of baptism which is the re-enacting of what Jesus did to secure our soul’s salvation. Romans 6:3-5 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

Another thing that we need to find in God’s care in our name written in the book of life. If our name is not written in the book of life, we will face eternal condemnation. Revelation 20:12-15 says, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

These are just a few “passwords” that one needs to be aware of that lead to eternal life. Unlike what we sometimes see during our online sessions, we will not ever need to modify or change our passwords. God is unchanging and His promises will never fail. They are immutable for those who are His people.