When someone knows God, it means they have a genuine, saving relationship with Him. Knowing God is extremely vital: it determines whether you’ll spend an amazing eternity with Him in heaven, or a horrifying eternity away from Him in hell. (Matthew 7:21-23)
If you want to know God, please carefully consider these important truths:
1. God exists.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20, ESV)
2. God created us for His purposes, and we must live for Him — not ourselves.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16, ESV)
“And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15, ESV)
Though God has created us for Himself, we don’t have the ability to live for Him in and of ourselves — no matter how hard we try. That is because of an important truth:
3. We are completely helpless sinners, desperately in need of salvation.
To understand why, we must understand what happened at the beginning of human history.
When God created the world’s first people — Adam and Eve — they were righteous and good. They did not initially have the same issues we have, such as sickness, death, sin and every other bad thing that exists in our world.
But this would eventually change:
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’ ” (Genesis 2:15-17, ESV)
The biblical account goes on to show us that Satan came to tempt Adam and Eve, in order to eat what God commanded they should not eat:
“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” (Genesis 3:4-7, ESV)
In light of what occurred, death spread to Adam and Eve, and all mankind (Romans 5:12).
Everyone is separated from God because of sin, and everyone in their natural state is spiritually dead. (Ephesians 2:1-3) Why does sin do this? Two reasons include the fact that:
4. God is holy and righteous.
In this context, the word “holy” refers to God’s total purity, His sinless nature.
God is holy and pure — so much so that He cannot ever approve of, associate, or be passive with anything that is unholy or impure.
God also hates sin. It is an evil thing that He always responds against in judgement, because it is wrong in every way. It seeks to steal glory from the One Who deserves all glory. It raises a fist against Him Who only deserves obedience. It lifts us up to a throne of worship that should only be occupied by God.
5. God righteously judges sin and sinners.
Because of God’s holy and righteous nature, He must judge and punish sin. This places all mankind in a very serious situation: spiritually dead, separated from God, rebellious in nature, and therefore, headed toward judgement.
All sinners who are righteously judged by God are justly sentenced to eternal punishment in hell. Hell is a place where people will burn forever, suffer in utter darkness and be eternally judged because of their choice to reject God and sin against Him. (Revelation 21:8)
Perhaps most discouraging is that the Scriptures make it clear that it’s impossible for man to save himself from his destiny unless God intervenes. (Matt. 19:23-26) That is partly why this next truth is such good news:
6. God has given us one way — and only one way — to escape judgement.
God created and perfectly executed a plan to rescue us. His plan was to send His Son Jesus Christ — God in the flesh — into this world to live a life of perfect obedience. He also planned out, in real history, that His Son would be sacrificed on a cross. This would be done so that He could take on all the punishment that every individual who would repent and believe in Him deserved.
The ultimate demand for payment of sin — eternal death in hell — was graciously paid in full by Jesus when He died on the cross on our behalf. Not only did Jesus die for our sins, but He was buried for three days and rose again, defeating death. No one else could defeat death because we deserve it.
This is the gospel (which means “good news”): Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-3). Believe in this message and believe in the God-man — Jesus Christ — who made the gospel a reality.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ” (Romans 1:16-17, ESV)
Read the very words of Jesus:
“No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:13-18, ESV)
Believe in Jesus. Put your wholehearted confidence in Him alone for your salvation from sin, from eternal death in hell. And turn from your sins to God:
“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” ” (Luke 13:1-5, ESV)
I urgently beg you to believe and repent. God has no desire to see you die in your sins:
“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23, ESV)
Ask God to give you the grace to believe and repent. If you do, God will save you. He can do anything. If you trust in Christ and repent:
7. You will have eternal life and are called to follow Christ.
"And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23, ESV)
Get a trustworthy Bible translation (ESV, NASB or NKJV). Read and pray to the Lord every day. Start attending a theologically sound church and completely avoid dangerous, unhealthy churches or teachings, including cults like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons), Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Prosperity/Word of Faith preachers.
And rest assured, if you've truly placed your trust in Jesus and have repented, the true and living triune God will guide and help you in your Christian life. He will never leave or forsake you.
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