What is salvation ? Who is God ? What’s going on ? Are you confused ? Lost ? Here is some information that may help you.
God is a relational being – Genesis 1:26 God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us.”
God wanted human beings to live in the garden of Eden and enjoy a direct relationship with Him.
The first sin separated humans from God BUT God did not say “ You filthy creatures, you are not worthy of me, go away”
We are not despised by God. He does not smile when we do good and smite us when we do bad.
The first sin brought shame Genesis 3: 9 The LORD called out to the man and asked, “Where are you?” 10The man answered, “I was naked, and when I heard you walking through the garden, I was frightened and hid!”
God STILL WANTS to have a relationship with YOU !!!!! That’s grace. He loves you, you can do nothing wrong in His sight except fail to turn back into His arms.
In the old testament, God had a relationship directly with people. He appeared to Moses, he talked to Abraham, His angels appeared to people, His presence could be seen in the form of smoke or clouds. He sent the law or the Ten Commandments to let everyone know the ‘rules’ of the relationship. The rules were to ensure that we could live within the realms of His acceptance.
Imagine a very rich, powerful person. A president or King/Queen. If you went to dinner at their invitation, there would be certain standards of behavior you would need to adhere to. In the same way, God tried to make covenants or agreements with people so He and humans could enjoy their relationship.
Essentially, people proved over and over again that they were unable to adhere to God’s standards. They were not righteous enough to go to heaven. That is when God sent Jesus to the earth. Jesus lived on earth as a human being. He was also completely God. He never sinned, not in thought, word or action and He died to create a new covenant with humans.
In the Old Testament priests would offer animal blood as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of their people. Jesus put an end to this by sacrificing His own blood to atone for our sins forever more,
Hebrews 9:12 12 Then Christ went once for all into the most holy place and freed us from sin forever. He did this by offering his own blood instead of the blood of goats and bulls.
Thus we have the new testament.
You were created by God. Your whole life you have felt unsatisfied, like there is a hole in your heart. You may have tried to fill that hole with money or prestige, boyfriends/girlfriends, a husband, a wife, violence, drugs, kids, Buddhism, Yoga, whatever, but you are not satisfied.
Life on this earth is like being in a desert. It is dry and harsh. We wander around trying to sustain life but all the things we reach for to give us meaning can only keep our thirst quenched for a short time. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. The water He offers is the water of eternal life.
Acts 4:12 Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in the entire world that can save anyone.
Acts 10:43 Every one of the prophets has said that all who have faith in Jesus will have their sins forgiven in his name.
If you want your life to have meaning, if you feel your maker whispering your name, if you are lonely, if you are thirsty, pray this prayer,
Lord Jesus I accept you as my Lord and savior. I pray that you will enter my heart. I pray that you will forgive me for my sins and help me to lead a life of purpose. In your holy name I pray. Amen
Take your time. This is not magic. Your life will not be free of problems. You won’t be able to shoot lightening out of your palms. You have now been born again, congratulations. But you are a spiritual baby. You must grow. Seek Him and you will find.
Coming soon – What happens when we accept Jesus ?
Please contact me if you would like more information or would like to talk. Geoffcollins1@yahoo.com.au