God loves you and . . .
You Can Find God – If You Seriously Search
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 . . . Jer. 29:12-14 (NASB)
A wonderful example of this occurred in the book of Acts, where we are told that an Ethiopian eunuch was traveling in a chariot (Acts 8:25-40). He was reading a prophecy about the Messiah in Isaiah 53:7-8, but he did not understand what he was reading. He wanted to know who the passage was describing. We are told that God sent a man called Philip to meet the eunuch. When Philip met the eunuch, he told the eunuch that the passage was about Jesus Christ. As a result, the eunuch found God. He found Jesus Christ and became a Christian. He believed Christ died for his sins and then demonstrated his faith by being baptized. This is a great example of God helping us find Him. There are many more examples of people finding God on a daily basis.
Why does God let us find Him? The answer is that God loves us and has made it possible for us to have a relationship with Him.
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name . . . John 1:12 (NASB)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NASB)
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God Became a Man
An amazing thing happened almost 2,000 years ago. God became a man and He is called Jesus Christ.
He was born into this world through a virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23) so that He would live a sinless life while He lived among us. That is, He had no earthly father. He already existed. He only needed a human body (Hebrews 2:14). He was named Immanuel so that we would know He is God. His name means “God with us.”
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.” (NIV) Matthew 1:23
Jesus is God
Some say that Jesus never taught that He was God, but He did. In John 5:18 we are told the religious leaders wanted to kill Him because He claimed to be God. He told us that if we do not believe He is God, we will die in our sins (John 8:24). He declared to the religious leaders that He existed before Abraham (John 8:58), who lived about 2,400 B.C. Jesus said He was and is the great I AM of Exodus 3:14. That is how God identified Himself to Moses. In John 10:33 the religious leaders understood that He said He was God.
Jesus proved He was God by His miracles of healing, casting out demons and raising the dead (Matthew 4:24-25; 8:28-34; John 12:1). Also, He created food (John 6:1-14), walked on water (John 6:16-25), stopped a storm (Matthew 8:22-27) and performed countless other miracles (John 20:30-31). These proved He was God.
The politicians, religious leaders and people recognized that He did these things. As a result, many believed in Jesus Christ (John 9:16; 12:42; Acts 6:7). The historical records of two non-Christian writers, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, record that Jesus did these things.
Jesus is Holy
Because He was God in human flesh, He lived a perfect life without sinning. Hebrews 4:15 says He was tempted like every person but, yet, He never sinned. He was holy (Isaiah 6:3), but we are not holy. As a result, God urges us to be holy.
Be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NASB)
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Our Dangerous Sinful Condition – We Have Sinned
God tells us that every man, woman and child has violated His laws and as a result we are guilty of having committed sin (1 John 3:4).
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NASB)
In Ecclesiastes 7:29 we are told,
God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes. Ecclesiastes 7:29 (ESV)
That is, God did not leave us. We left God and sinned against Him. Some think that they will go to heaven because they are basically a good person. But Jesus has told us that only God is good (Matthew 19:17). If only God is good, then that means we are not good and we cannot do any good that is good enough to deserve heaven.
The soul who sins will die . . . the person who sins will die. Ezekiel 18:4, 20 (NASB)
Consequently, since we are sinners we deserve to die a spiritual death. God knew that as a result we would spend eternity in hell. God tells us that spiritual death means living in hell or a lake of fire for eternity. But Christ has made it possible for us to escape and have eternal life.
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)
Jesus Christ Died for You – To Forgive Your Sin
That is why God came in human flesh and died for us. God became the man, Jesus Christ, in order to die in our place. By dying for us, God could forgive 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 died a horrible death on a wooden cross. Why was God willing to experience this pain and humiliation in human form? Here is the answer . . .
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)
God did this because He loves us more than you can imagine. As a result, we can have eternal life by believing that Christ died for us and trusting that our sins are forgiven.
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Jesus Returned to Life
Three days after Jesus’ body died on the cross, He returned to life from the grave and walked among us as the prophets had predicted (Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:25-36).
Christ died for our sins . . . He was buried . . . He was raised on the third day . . . He appeared to Cephas then to the twelve . . . to more than 500 brethren at one time . . . 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (NASB)
God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death. Acts 2:24 (NASB)
Jesus returned to life to prove that He was God and to prove that He was without sin (Romans 1:4; 4:25). He did all of this so that your sins can be forgiven and so that you can live with Him forever in heaven.
Today Is the Day of Salvation
Jesus is the only one who can forgive your sins and give you eternal life in heaven (Acts 4:12).
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How To Go To Heaven . . .
Therefore, what must you do to have your sins forgiven and spend eternity with God? There are three things that must be true about you.
First – You Must Believe In Christ
First, you must believe Jesus died on the cross in order to forgive your sins and returned to life (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Believing in Christ also means that you believe that God did everything that is necessary to forgive your sins so that you can escape hell or eternal judgment and obtain the free gift of eternal life.
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)
Second – You Must Repent of Your Sins
Second, God has said that there are no works that you can perform to earn eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9) because you cannot do anything that is good enough to obtain eternal life (Romans 3:12). Consequently, God is not looking for those who think they are good people. Jesus tells us that He did not come to save good people but people who know they are sinners.
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 (NASB)
That is, God is not seeking to rescue us from our sins if we are comfortable with our sins. He is seeking people who are grieving over their sin, want their lives to be changed and desire to be at peace with God.
Third – You Must Give Your Life To God
The third thing that must be true of you is that you are willing to give your life to God.
. . . 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)
True faith includes repentance and a willingness to give your life over to God to live in obedience to Him, and let Him do with you as He desires.
If these are seriously true of you, then you are a Christian and God will takeover your life.
What You Should Say to God
If you: 1) believe Jesus is God and died so that your sins can be forgiven and then returned to life, 2) are repentant and want your sins be forgiven and 3) are willing to give yourself to God, then tell Him. There is nothing magic about the words you say. All that is important is your heart attitude.
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