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Do you know God?

The Bible states repeatedly that God is a loving Heavenly Father who desires that men and women experience relationship and friendship with Him. (Cf., Genesis 1:27; John 1:12; 10:10; I Timothy 3:6) But He is also an exalted and exacting God, demanding that those who come into His holy and righteous company do so with a similar holiness and righteousness that He possesses.(Cf., Matthew 5:20;48; Hebrews 12:14) This poses an insurmountable problem for every man and woman for not one man, woman or child possesses a spirituality acceptable to God (Romans 3:9-20,23) nor can they do anything to bring it about (Ephesians 2:1-9). We all are helplessly and hopelessly lost in our sins and futile efforts to make things right with our Creator.

What then we could not do for ourselves, the Heavenly Father did for us (Romans 3:21; 5:6-8). He sent Jesus Christ out of His love (John 3:16) to make atonement ("at-one-ment") through His death on the cross (Romans 3:25; Galatians 3:10-14). Jesus' resurrection and ascension into Heaven is proof that His atoning death was acceptable to the Father and by an act of faith, by trusting in what Christ did on behalf of mankind, one becomes acceptable in God's sight, welcomed into His family and fellowship. (Cf., Romans 3:24; 4:4,5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)

When this step of faith or act of trust is made, God does many wonderful things in one's life. He makes a man or woman spiritually alive (Ephesians 2:4,5), a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17) indwelt by God's Spirit (Ephesians 1:13,14), destined for Heaven (Philippians 3:20,21; I John 5:13). The Christian in turn thinks with a new mind (I Corinthians 2:10-16), lives for a new cause (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 1:21), demonstrates a new attitude (Philippians 2:5), behaves with a new conduct (Colossians 3:12ff), and has the empowerment of a new hope to guide Him through life (I Peter 1:3ff). Men and women who become Christians become a showcase for the glories and excellencies of the God who made them (I Peter 2:9).

Anyone may become a Christian who sincerely transfers his/her trust from self and places it solely upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. Ask Him, if you haven't, to do for you what you can't do for yourself. Only Christ can make you, can make anyone, a Christian.

 

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