Did you know
God has offered forgiveness for your sins AND assurance of eternal life?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18, NKJV
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” – John 17:3, NKJV
You may be asking yourself: “How can I know God?” or “Why would I want to?”
Man is able to know the true and living God through the truth of His Word, that is, the Bible. It’s proven, and the most important truth ever preserved through the ages for humanity.
The Bible reveals God’s character and His plan for mankind. It is through reading His Word that we come to a knowledge of the righteousness of God.
And when we come face to face with the truth of His purity and perfect righteousness, we cannot stand on our own merits before Him.
What is it that prevents us from personally knowing God? Why is He seemingly absent, and yet we are born inherently knowing that someone, or something is beyond us?
Our sin has separated us from God – our corruption is to such a degree that we cannot know Him personally and cannot experience His love without His help.
God’s Word says, “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23, NKJV
Man was created to enjoy fellowship with God, but because of his sin (i.e., anything that is against the righteousness revealed in God’s Law) he is prevented from that fellowship. This includes anything less than perfect obedience to God’s commands.
“For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23a, NKJV
The ultimate result of this death is an eternity in Hell (Matthew 25:41;Revelation 20:10). Hell was never designed or destined to house humanity. But because of our choices – ultimately the choice to reject God and the solution He provides to this separation (through Jesus) – we may end up there if we choose to.
This spiritual death forces a separation from God. Man is sinful and God is holy. This creates a gulf unbridgeable by man – making that intended fellowship impossible. No matter how ‘good’ we try to be, we can never, ever earn purity and goodness enough to make us “even” with God’s holiness.
But God has a plan.
“…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 6:23b, NKJV
He knew no sin and yet became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He died in our place.
It is not just enough that you know these truths. You and I must individually place our trust in Christ as our Lord and Savior. He’s made it as simple as belief – the most basic trait of humanity.
This means repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who came to earth as a human to die for our sins so that we might have everlasting life with Him. Placing our trust in Jesus requires faith, which is a hope?filled belief in Jesus even though we don’t see Him face to face (John 20:29; Hebrews 11:1).
And salvation is by faith alone, not by any works we could do to try and please God (John 6:28-29).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:8-10, NKJV
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” – John 1:12, NKJV
Those who place their trust in Jesus become God’s children; and as heirs to heaven are promised the eternal pleasure of knowing Him – the thing we were created for in the first place (Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 3:29).
As our life here on earth progresses, God will continue to work in our hearts, daily changing and healing us from the broken edges of the world, and into the likeness of Christ, Himself (1 John 3:2).
We will begin to live lives of righteousness. Obedience to God will not be a burden to us, but rather a joy.
The invitation to place your trust in Jesus Christ by faith is open to all.
If you are not a child of God, we pray that today would be the day of your salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
“…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10, NKJV
If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ by faith, you may be wondering
Our greatest recommendation for believers, new and old, is fourfold:
- Locate a Bible – based church, soundly preaching the Word & enjoy fellowship and friendship with other believers
- Study the Bible – for that is where we learn of the greatness of God and His plans and passion for us
- Pray to God – asking Him to strengthen your faith and watch your love toward Him increase as you get to know Him
- Enjoy the blessings given by God in the heavenly ordained sacraments: Baptism (the outward declaration of your inner change) and the Lord’s Supper (communion and remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice).
All of these are meant to encourage and build up your faith as well as the faith of those around you.
If you have any questions – search the Scriptures, ask a Pastor, or please feel free to ask us.
If you would like some guidance in locating a Bible-teaching church, even in other parts of the world, we’d be privileged to help in any way possible.