In the prophet Zechariah chapter 3, an angel of the Lord tells the high priest Joshua (Yeshua=Jesus), who represents the body of Christ: if you will walk in my ways and keep my charge then you shall judge my house and shall keep my courts, and I will give you access among those who abide. Zechariah 3:7.
This great cloud of witnesses encompasses us when we abide in the body of Christ. Hebrews 12:1.
The body of Christ consists of people who receive the anointing of the Lord and abide, as one who has been called, and chosen (the elect) and faithful. Revelation 17:14.
If anyone comes unto you and does not bring this doctrine, receive him not into your house (where the churches met) neither bid him God speed. 2 John 10.
John tells us in chapter 4 of his first letter that we must try the spirits as to whether they be of God. The Spirit must confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh or they are of the spirit of antichrist.
Jesus said that we MUST be born again. This can only be brought about by preaching WHO Jesus is, not WHAT he is to us. Yes, he is Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, etc….but first He must be preached as the Son of God.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and him in God. 1 John 4:15.
You may say that every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. Okay, here is the problem with that understanding. Paul wrote in 1 Co 12:3 no one can say that Jesus is the Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
Before anyone can be a servant of God and confess Jesus as their Lord, they must be born again. One who is born of God overcomes the world.
Who is he that overcomes the world but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:5.
Hereby we know that we abide in Him, and He abides in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 1 John 4:13.
Mary of Bethany, the eunuch from Ethiopia, and of course the apostle Peter all made the same confession of faith. Peter taught that he heard the voice of God on the mount speaking from the most excellent glory “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. “ We can give glory, honor and praise to the Lord in many ways, what mattered most to Him was to please his Father. So too for us, our only abiding glory is to hear, “well done, good and faithful steward, enter into the joy of the Lord.
All this testimony is written that you might believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. John 20:31.