To know God is to have the most fulfilling relationship that one could ever have. The Bible defines this as “eternal life”.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
In order to know God, we must look to His Word, the Bible, to learn more about Him.
From the Bible, we learn that God created all things good and perfect in 6, 24 hour days.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
God further demonstrates His goodness and greatness by supplying everything that His creation, to include the first two people (Adam and Eve), would need to survive.
Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
God also gave the first two people one rule: to never eat of the fruit of one tree in the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Unfortunately, both Adam and his wife, Eve, broke God’s rule. This act of disobedience and rebellion is the reason why there is pain, suffering, disease, hurting, abuse and death in our world.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Disobeying God is also called sin.
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The Bible declares that we are all sinners.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Our sins condemn us as guilty before God and justly deserving punishment for our sin, forever away from God’s presence in suffering and torment in hell and then, ultimately, in the Lake of Fire.
Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death …
Luke 16:23a And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments …
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
However, there is hope!
Though we have greatly offended God, He chooses to love us. Out of His love, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born on earth as a baby boy. Jesus grew up into a man, never doing anything wrong. One day, Jesus sacrificed His life on a cross, a cruel, humiliating instrument of death. This sacrifice satisfied God’s requirement for punishing sin!
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth (showed) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins.
Jesus is no longer dead, for just 3 days later, He rose from the dead, never to die again.
Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
To receive God’s gift of eternal life is as simple as remembering your ABC’s.
Admit to God that you’re a sinner and ask for His forgiveness of your sins. Such admission recognizes that God hates sin and that only He, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, can resolve your guilt.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from the penalty and power of your sins and rose from the dead, never to die again.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Call, or ask in prayer, Jesus to save you and be your Lord.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Savior, you can do so now!
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If you’re still unsure of what to say to God, here is a sample prayer, but you must honestly mean what you say to the Lord and He will hear you!
Dear Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner who deserves the just punishment for my sin. I believe that You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I ask You to forgive my sins, based upon the sacrifice that You made, and to be my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
If you received Jesus as your Savior, we would love to hear from you and provide you with some additional resources on what it means to be a Christian and what steps you should now take in following after Him, or being His disciple. Please feel free to contact us at either our telephone number, 703-368-8610, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.