How to Know God

Are you seeking to Know God?  Have you ever heard the someone talk about the Gospel and wondered what that meant?  

Well, the word Gospel means Good News.  The Gospel of Jesus is, therefore, the Good News that we received from Jesus.  What is it?  It starts with amazing news:

God loves you…

God is love, and He loves the whole world.

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16). “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”(John 10:10)

Do you want a relationship with the God who made you? 

Do you want peace in the midst of this world filled with chaos and strife?

God built this desire into you.  Animals do not struggle with lack of contentment.  They do not mourn the wars and evils of the world.  They do not sit around and wonder if there will be justice or whether there is something more to life.  Humans are unique in that we yearn for the peace that can only be found with Jesus.  This is God speaking to you.  He is calling you to something more.

God sees everything that happens here on earth.  He knows everything you have ever done or thought. He still loves you. He wants you to have a relationship with Him.  He wants you to Know Him.

There is a big problem though:

Our sin separates us from God…

God created you for fellowship with Him. Man started off in a paradise walking with God. The problem is God is perfectly holy. Your sin separates you from Him.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23); “For the wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23); “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).

You may be a nice person according to the world’s standards.  You may give money to charity and take care of your family.  You may even go to church.  The problem is that goodness or niceness are not the only things that define your life. 

We all sin in big and little ways.  We lie on an everyday basis.  We covet things our neighbors have that we do not and take things that do not belong to us.

You may think you are a better person than your abrasive neighbor. There is always a worse example to judge yourself by. That does not deal with YOUR sins.

You violate God’s laws in many different ways.  It makes sense that breaking the law requires punishment, right?  Do wrong and there are consequences. At the end of our lives, you will stand before a perfectly just judge in God. You will have to account for every single sin your life, big and little, in secret or in the open. 

Every thought and deed laid bare before God. It is a daunting thought, isn’t it?

Do you want to pay the price for all of that sin?  Does a righteous judge ever just let a person who is guilty of thousands of crimes go without facing justice?

Think of our Sun that sits at the center of our solar system.  It is amazingly hot, right?  So hot that even with special protective armor, a spacecraft can only get so close to the Sun before it burns up.  The Sun has no ill will towards those satellites. The Sun’s temperature is just part of what it is.  It would not be the Sun if it were not blazing hot.  It also would not sustain billions of lives on Earth if it were cold enough to touch.

God’s holiness is the same idea.  His white-hot purity is who God is, not something designed to hurt you. God’s nature is what causes beauty, justice, and wonder in the world.  It also directly conflicts with sin.  No matter how much protection you try to create, as a flawed humans, you can only get so close to God without the heat affecting you. 

On your own, there is nothing you could ever do to get close to the center of the entire universe because of our sins.

Thankfully, God understood this problem and wants you to come to Him…despite your flaws.  He sent His Son, Jesus to make a way for this to be possible.  You can face His holiness in joy and gratitude despite everything you have done.

Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for your sin.  He took the punishment for your sins on the Cross.  He died so that YOU can be set free.

Jesus is your Savior and Redeemer. You can have your sins forgiven and restore a right relationship with God through Him.

Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, tells us what we need to know to be saved, “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” Jesus Himself declares that He is the only way of salvation in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This is the really, really great news on top of the amazing news. 

God loved you so much that despite seeing all that you have done against Him, He sent His Son Jesus to stand in your place and take your punishment.  Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary under the weight of the sins of the world.  He is the sacrifice that faced what you deserved in our place.  Jesus died for you so that you can have an eternal abundant life with Him.  Isn’t that wonderful news?  You get all the benefit and do none of the work.  Jesus is an awesome Savior.

He then rose again to show that this sacrificial offering was accepted by God.  Death has been defeated for those who are willing to follow Jesus.

Eternal life in Jesus is the reward you receive when you accept His completed work on the Cross.

How can I receive this free gift of salvation?…

Repent and Receive Jesus as Savior.

You must place our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior in order to receive the gift of salvation.

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved,” (Romans 10:9)

Repent(change your mind about your sin) therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,”(Acts 3:19)

John 1:12 describes how you become His child: “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” Acts 16:31, says it very clearly, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved!”

You can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Repent does not just mean feel bad about something.  I felt sorrow over a lot of things before I came to Jesus.  Repentance is more than just bad feelings.  It is feeling sorrow over what you have done and turning away from it.  At heart, the repentance you need to get to Jesus is first sorrow over denying Him as your Lord and Savior.  Jesus is the Eternal God who made every one of us.  He gave you life and then when you were lost, gave His life so that you could be forgiven and accepted into God’s family.

Turn away from a life of disbelief and to a life in Jesus.

Then set out to learn about your Savior Jesus and learn to follow Him in the every day.  This is a lifelong journey of discovery but it starts here and now.  Today is the day of salvation.

Today is the day to receive eternal life!

Jesus loves You!

What is stopping you?

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