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To love God, is to know God, but not just any God. If we are to love God the way scripture commands, we must know the God of the Bible. God is a self-revealing God who has made Himself known generally in creation and specifically through His word. God has revealed Himself as...
CREATOR of all things, including humanity.
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of Him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and you crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands." (Psalm 8.4-6)
REDEEMER of rebellious humanity.
We are all sinners both by nature (because we inherited our sinful natures from Adam and Eve) and by choice (because we willfully choose to disobey God).
(Romans 5.12) "Through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned."
"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1.8)
Because God is perfect in holiness, He can not tolerate the presence of sin. Our sins have separated us from our Creator.
"Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you." (Isaiah 59.2)
Because sin separates us from God, it carries tragic consequences.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. "(Romans 6.23)
"It is appointed for man to die once and after this comes judgment." (Hebrews 9.27)
So, the question is, how can we sinners ever become righteous before God?
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. " (John 3.16)
"Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."(Romans 5.1)
Peace with God is made possible by everything Jesus did on behalf of sinners. This includes His life, death and resurrection.
Jesus did for sinners what they could not do for themselves. He succeeded where we failed.
Jesus reflected God's glory.
"And the word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1.14)
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life.
"Jesus is one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4.15)
God has provided reconciliation between Himself and sinners through the substitutionary death of Jesus through the cross. Jesus died for the substitute for sinners.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we're still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5.8)
At the cross, an amazing exchange took place: our sins were credited to Jesus; His righteousness is credited to those who follow Him. He (God) made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. Our sin was given to Jesus and His righteousness was given to us.
Three days after Jesus' death on the cross for our sins He arose victoriously from the grave! Death has been defeated! Jesus' resurrection is proof that God has approved His ministry. Jesus alone is Savior and God.
"He (God) has fixed today in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17.31)
By His life Jesus attained righteousness on sinner's behalf, by His death Jesus paid the penalty that sinners owed, and by His resurrection Jesus defeated death for all those who will follow Him.
HOW CAN I RECEIVE JESUS AS SAVIOR AND LORD?
We must receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord by voluntary and intentional act of the will, having faith in His atoning life, death and resurrection and turning from sin to obey Him in all things.
To receive Jesus as Savior and Lord we must trust alone for salvation.
"Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14.6)
We must turn from our sins (repent) and turn to Him in love and obedience.
"Jesus said, Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13.3)
"God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent." ( Acts 17.30)
God's grace comes to us through faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2.8-9)
The Bible says, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved... for 'Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10.9,13)
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." (Acts 16.31)
"I am not ashamed of the gospel [good news], for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." (Romans 1.16)
Jesus brings new life to all who place their faith in Him.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
( 2 Cor. 5.17)
This wonderful gift of eternal life is given to all those who have been saved through faith in Jesus. The most important question for each of us to ask is, "Where do I stand in the sight of God"?
On the cross, Jesus suffered the justice and wrath of God on behalf of those who trust Him as Savior and Lord. On the other hand, those who do not trust Him as Savior and Lord will suffer the judgment of God themselves.
ARE YOU READY TO FOLLOW JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD?
If so, then you must repent of your sins and place your faith in Jesus alone for salvation. You must believe that He lived, died, and rose again for your salvation. You must commit your life to Him as your living Savior and Lord. If you are ready to have your sins forgiven and to receive the gift of eternal life, then trust in Jesus right now.
- Admit to God that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior.
- Ask Jesus to have mercy on you and to forgive you of your sins.
- Thank Him for sending His son, Jesus to secure salvation for all who will follow Him.
- Commit your life to Jesus. Tell Him that you repent of your sins and trust Him as Savior and Lord.
Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit to empower you to live a life that will bring glory and honor to His name.
"He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5.12-13)
If you have prayed and asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to be the Lord of your life, we want to celebrate with you. If you are thinking about what it means to know Christ and to have your sins forgiven and would like to talk with someone, contact us.