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Knowing God


Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there four spiritual principles which govern your relationship with God. 

PRINCIPLE ONE

GOD LOVES YOU AND HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.

GOD’S LOVE

“God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16 NIV).

GOD’S PLAN

[Christ said] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be purposeful] (John 10:10).

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?

(References in this website should be read in context from the Bible whenever possible)

 


PRINCIPLE TWO

MAN IS SINFUL AND SEPARATED FROM GOD. THEREFORE, HE CANNOT KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE AND PLAN FOR HIS OWN LIFE.

MAN IS SINFUL

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

GOD IS HOLY

“The Lord said: You shall be Holy, for I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:16).

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, breaking fellowship with God.

MAN IS SEPARATED FROM GOD

“For the wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

God is holy and man is sinful. A great gap separates the two. Man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts – such as a good life, ethics, philosophy or religion, etc.

The third principle presents to us the only solution for this problem...


PRINCIPLE THREE

JESUS CHRIST IS GOD’S ONLY PROVISION FOR MAN’S SIN. THROUGH HIM ALONE, YOU CAN KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE AND PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.

HIS MIRACULOUS BIRTH

Jesus Christ was not the son of a human father, but He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. This is why He is called the Son of God.

“And Mary said to the Angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason, the holy offspring will be called the Son of God’” (Luke 1:34-35).

HE DIED IN OUR PLACE

And as God redeemed, with a wonderful lamb, the son of Abraham when he was going to sacrifice him to God; likewise, God redeemed the whole world by the Great Lamb, namely, Jesus Christ, who died in our place to remove our sins.

“The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’” (John 1:29).

“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 DEATH

“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the Scripture… He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…”(1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

HE IS THE ONLY WAY

“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).

“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).

God has bridged the gap which separates us from Him by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place.

JESUS CHRIST: THE HOLY LAMB OF GOD

“He [Christ]… offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).

It is not enough just to know and accept these three principles…


 

PRINCIPLE FOUR

WE MUST INDIVIDUALLY RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOUR 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

“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

WE RECEIVE CHRIST BY PERSONAL INVITATION

[Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self 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 is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience.

These two circles represent two kinds of lives:

SELF-DIRECTED LIFE

S - Self is on the throne

C – Christ is outside the life

• – Interests are directed by self, often resulting in discord and frustration

 

CHRIST-DIRECTED LIFE

C – Christ is in the life and on the throne

S - Self is yielding to Christ

• – Interests are directed by Christ, resulting in harmony with God's plan

 

Which circle best describes your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?


 

The following explains how you can receive Christ:

YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW THROUGH A PRAYER TRUSTING GOD

(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. The following is a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus, forgive my sins. I open the door of my heart and accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen."

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?

If it does, pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

Did you pray this prayer?

YES


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