WONDERING ABOUT GOD?
In the beginning, God, who has always existed, spoke and everything came into existence. By his Word everything that is was created. The masterpiece of his creation was man and woman, Adam and Eve.
They were created to enjoy perfect relationship with God. Although not equal with God, they were given the freedom to make decisions and govern the earth but with one command: not to eat fruit from a specific tree.
Their failure to keep this command was the first sin and is commonly identified as the “fall.” As a result all mankind has inherited a predisposition to sin. God in his infinite mercy has a plan for the redemption of man and woman, a means to be restored to right relationship with God. The grand narrative of the Bible includes this creation, fall, and redemption account and reveals the very character of God himself. This narrative is outlined in the following verses and describes the fulfillment of man’s greatest need.
The Bible tells us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
But there is hope!
God’s Word tells us that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scripture” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
God’s provision is summarized in one of the greatest verses in Scripture: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Because God is holy, righteous, and just, rebellion against Him requires reconciliation. God promised Adam and Eve that He would make the necessary provision for rescue from the consequences of sin. That provision is Jesus Christ, God Himself, who lived a sinless life, a life required to be the perfect sacrifice for the rescue from sin.
The Bible teaches that man must accept God’s provision by acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
The question must be asked; how can we receive God’s forgiveness and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
The Bible says that “unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
What does it mean to repent? To repent means to turn or change direction. Turn from sin and self reliance and turn to Christ for your only hope for salvation and restoration of relationship with God. When we trust Christ we make Him Lord of our life. This means that Jesus is now our authority. This salvation is only possible as a result of God’s gift of Himself; Christ.
God’s salvation is not anything that we deserve or that we can accomplish on our own. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, (in Christ) and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“For whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
How does this take place?
God’s Word says: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).