If You Seek God – He Will Let You Find Him
God has promised that if you seriously seek for Him with all your heart, He will let you find Him. That is, if you seriously seek Him, you can find Him.
You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you. . . Jeremiah 29:12-14 (NASB)
A wonderful illustration of this is recorded in the book of Acts (Acts 8:25-40). We are told an Ethiopian eunuch was traveling in a chariot. He was reading a prophecy about Jesus Christ in Isaiah 53:7-8, but he did not understand what he was reading. He wanted to know of whom the passage was speaking. God responded to his desire and sent a man named Philip to meet the eunuch and explain that the passage was about Jesus Christ. As a result, the eunuch found God. He believed Jesus Christ died for his sins. Jesus did everything necessary for him to have his sins forgiven, escape hell and go to heaven. This illustration reveals that if anyone searches for God, God will reveal Himself to that person. Why does God help us find Him? The answer is that God loves you and has made it possible for you to have your sins forgiven so that you can escape hell and go to heaven.
God Became a Man
The prophecy in Micah 5:2 occurred about 700 B.C. It said that a baby would be born in a city called Bethlehem Ephrathah. He would be from “antiquity” and “eternity.” Only God is eternal. That is, the baby would be both God and man. About 2 B.C. the prophecy was fulfilled when a baby, called Jesus Christ, was born in Bethlehem Ephrathah. He was and is God.
Jesus Is God
While Jesus was here, He repeatedly taught that He is God (John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30, 33, 36). John 10:33 tells us the Jewish leaders understood that Jesus claimed to be God. Consequently, they wanted to murder Him.
While Jesus lived among us He proved that He was God (John 20:30-31) by healing, casting out demons, raising the dead (Matthew 4:24-25), walking on water (John 6:16-25), controlling a storm, and feeding five thousand people from only five loaves of bread and two fish (John 6:1-14). Matthew 4:24-25 gives this report.
The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:24-25 (NASB)
The historical records of two non-Christian writers, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, record that Jesus did miracles. Only God could perform these miracles.
Jesus Is Holy
Because Jesus Christ is God, He is holy for Acts 3:14 calls Him the “Holy and Righteous One.” In Isaiah 6:3 the angels praised Him with “Holy, Holy, Holy.” In 1 Peter 1:15-16 God tell us that we must be holy because He is holy. These passages tell us that Jesus Christ is holy. This is wonderful good news.
We Are Not Holy
We have just discovered the good news that Jesus is our holy God. But the bad news is that we are not holy. Every person has sinned just as Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” What is sin? Sin is disobeying God (1 John 3:4, 8). If you have committed any sin, the Bible says you deserve to go to hell. Since even anger, greed and lying are sins, this means everyone has sinned.
There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God . . . Romans 3:10 (NASB)
As a result, the Bible teaches we deserve to die a spiritual death, to be eternally separated from God and go to hell when we physically die. Ezekiel 18:4, 20 says, “The soul who sins will die. . . the person who sins will die.” Romans 6:23 says,
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NASB)
That means you are going to hell unless you accept God’s free gift of eternal or salvation.
Jesus Is The Savior
John 1:29 says that Jesus Christ came to take away our sins.
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (ESV)
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 1 John 3:5 (NASB)
He did this by dying a horrible death on a wooden cross. When He died on the cross, the Bible says He died in your place and paid for your sins (1 Peter 3:18). He died for you. Why did God do this? John 3:16 says that our holy God did this for us—for you!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life . . . whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed . . . John 3:16, 18 (NIV)
Jesus Was Resurrected
Three days after Jesus was buried, He was resurrected as the prophecies had foretold (Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:25-36).
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 (NASB)
When Jesus returned to life, it proved He was God and His death on the cross made it possible for a person to be saved from hell if the individual believes He did everything necessary for him or her to be forgiven (Romans 1:4; 4:25). He did all of this so that your sins can be forgiven and you can live with Him forever in heaven.
Only Jesus Can Save You
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the only One who can forgive your sins and give you eternal life in heaven. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
How To Go To Heaven . . .
There are three things that must be true about you if you want your sins to be forgiven and know that you will go to heaven.
1. You Must Repent of Your Sins
Jesus did not come to forgive the sins of those who believe they are good people. Those who do not believe they have a spiritual need will not come to Christ. He said, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). Then later Jesus said, ” I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:5).
2. You Must Believe In Christ
The Bible teaches that you must believe that only Jesus can forgive your sins because when He died on the cross and returned to life, He did everything necessary for your sins to be completely forgiven (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). There is nothing you can do to earn forgiveness for your sins and be able to go to heaven.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . . 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NASB)
2. Yield Yourself To God
Finally, those who truly believe in Christ will submit to God. That is the message of Romans 10:9.
. . . 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 with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9 (NASB)
You must understand that salvation is a free gift and you cannot earn forgiveness.
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 (NASB)
True faith responds in repentance of one’s sins, believing that only Christ can forgive your sins because He did everything that is necessary for your sins to be forgiven, and submitting to God.
What You Should Say to God
If your hearts’ great desire is to have your sins forgiven and go to heaven, then pray a prayer something like this,
Dear God, I am sorry that I have disobeyed you by sinning. I believe that Jesus died and rose again so that my sins can be forgiven. Thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to live as You would want me to live. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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