HOW TO KNOW JESUS
Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws, which govern your relationship with God.
God LOVES you, and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (that it might be full and meaningful). (John 10:10)
So why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?
Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.
Man is Sinful
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man is Separated
“For the ” of sin is death”–spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23)
The diagram below illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows show that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as living a good life, following specific philosophies or religions, etc.
Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for Man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
He Died in Our Place
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
He Rose from the Dead
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures… He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (I Corinthians 15:3-6)
He is the Only Way to God
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.’” (John 14:6)
The diagram below illustrates that God has bridged the gulf, which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
We Receive Christ Through Faith
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the jpgt of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
When we receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
“I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Do not be surprised when I say you must be born again. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (See John 3:1-8)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3:20)
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us the kind of people He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of will.
The two diagrams below represent two kinds of lives, the self-directed life and the Christ-directed life:
Which circle best represents your life?
Which circle would you like to have represent your life?
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer
(Prayer is talking with God)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your life to be your Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Fill me with grace, compassion and mercy for all I meet. Create in me a hunger for Your Word that surpasses all understanding. In Jesus holy name, Amen