Submitted by: Bianca Ambrose
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then at the right time and place He created you.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:24-28)
Christianity is not just a religion; True Christians experience a deep personal relationship with the Creator God of the universe. All other religions of the world have one thing in common they are attempting to reach God by their own efforts and traditions.
Only the God of the Bible reaches out to people in love. He has provided a way for you to be united with Him. The way is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus says to you, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus the Christ is the only true path for unity with God. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
The gospel (good news) message recorded in the Holy Bible is that Jesus Christ came down from heaven to rescue people and restore their relationship to God. Jesus was born from a virgin woman and He lived in a human body. Jesus lived a perfect life without sin.
When Jesus died a painful death on a cross He did not deserve it. He did not die for Himself, He died for you. Jesus paid the penalty for sin so that whoever enters into Him will have their sins covered by His blood. Jesus rose from the dead and later ascended back into heaven.
Jesus is Truth.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!
For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
When you accept God’s plan of salvation the blood that Jesus shed on the cross is applied to you. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. (John 6:53-56) When Jesus said these words some of His followers were offended but He later explained that He was speaking spiritually not physically.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. (John 6:63)
To receive Jesus’ flesh and blood means that you accept the sacrifice He made for you as the atonement of your sins. You receive the blood of Jesus by faith, by believing the gospel message. When you accept that the blood of Jesus paid the price for your sins you become reconciled to God. You will enter into Jesus and He will enter into you. You will become part of God’s family, a blood relative.
The God of the Holy Bible offers us His grace; grace is a free gift, a gift that we do not deserve. We do not work to receive God’s gift of salvation, but when we receive salvation by faith then our faith will be proven by doing the works of God which He has prepared for us to do.
When you accept God’s grace through faith you then enter into the destiny that God has planned for your life. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
The scene of Jesus dying on the cross was the ultimate proof of God’s love for you. Our love for God is proven by believing Him and obeying Him. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command. (John 15:13-14) Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (John 14:23)