ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT IT MEANS TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST IN A PERSONAL WAY?
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THAT YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN AND YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN?
Consider these things:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1) That’s how the Bible, the Word of God, starts. God made all things. He created all things. Everything was made by Him and was intended to bring him honor and praise and glory. Everything was made for him. (Col. 1:15-20; John 1:1-3).
“The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut. 6:4-6). As our LORD and God, He deserves our obedience, love, honor, glory and praise.
God the Father - The Sovereign LORD over all.
God the Son - Jesus Christ. The Son of God and Savior of all who would believe in Him.
God the Holy Spirit - The life-giver, power-source and sustainer of believers.
All men (mankind; male and female) were made in the image of God (Gen.1:26-27). This means we were created by God to reflect him and give him honor and praise and glory. In other words, we exist to glorify God (to give him the honor, respect, praise, obedience and attention He deserves) and to enjoy Him (to have a relationship with him and find joy in Knowing Him) forever.
Sin entered the world through Adam when he disobeyed God (Gen. 3; Rom 5:12-21). Because of this, all people everywhere have been infected with the disease of sin. We are born in sin (Original Sin). This means that we sin because we are sinners, we are not sinners because we sin.
All you have to do is look around and see that the world is a messed up and sinful place: death, sadness, pain, murder, adultery, betrayal, insulting, hatred, gossip, slander, judging, pride, boasting, injustice, scandals, lies, stealing, addictions, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, substance abuse, crime, sexual immorality, pedophilia, corruption, etc. People don’t need to be convinced of sin and evil existing in the world; they need to be convinced of sin and evil existing in their own hearts. The Holy Spirit is able to convince the world, and individuals, of sin (John 16:8).
Jesus came as God’s own Son, born of a woman as a human being, to save people from their sins (Gal. 6:4). Though He was God Himself, He was willing to take a human form in order to become like us so that He might save us from our sin (Phil. 2:5-11). Jesus lived a life of sinless perfection and offered his own life on the cross for our sins. God made Jesus, who had no sin, to become sin for us, so that in Him (Jesus), we could become righteous, forgiven and holy (2 Cor. 5:21). This is the Gospel: that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that God raised Him from the dead on the third day offering forgiveness and life to all who would believe in Him (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Jesus is the only way to the Father and Heaven (John 14:6).
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him (Jesus) whom He has sent.” (John 6:29). “If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31). “…everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life.” (John 6:40). “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in you heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Jesus came “that they might have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).
Repent and Believe.
All you have to do to KNOW JESUS CHRIST and KNOW THAT YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN AND THAT YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN is to believe that God is God and you are not. Believe and confess that you have sinned against God and are in need of His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. Turn from your life of sin and believe that Jesus came to offer His own life on the cross so that you could be forgiven of your sins and have eternal life through faith in Him. Believe that your only hope for eternal life with God in Heaven is through a personal relationship and faith in Jesus Christ. If you do this, then God promises you in the Bible that you will be forgiven, you will be saved and you will have eternal life with Him in Heaven.
Pray - Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. Talk to Him. Tell Him how you feel. Your concerns. Your hurts. Your requests. Confess and give thanks to Him. Use the Bible to help guide you.
Read - The Bible is God’s very own Word, written down so that we can hear from Him today. He gave us the Bible through men who were inspired by His Holy Spirit to communicate exactly what God wanted them to communicate to us from Him. The Bible is God speaking to you!
Worship - Worship personally, with your family and especially with other believers in a church. It’s important to be part of a local church where you can hear the Word of God preached, sing with other believers, love, have fellowship and encourage one another, and receive the benefits of the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
Witness - Tell others the Good News of Jesus. Tell them how you came to believe in Him. Share you story of New Life and Faith in Jesus. There are many more people like yourself; lost and sinful and without the hope of eternal life apart from a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Tell others the Good News, share the gospel!
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