Know God

Genesis 1:1 speaks to this knowledge. In the beginning (time) God (force) created (action) the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). From the universe at-large, even down to the smallest measure of matter, all belongs to God: For of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen (Romans 11:36).

No, life isn’t an accident nor random chance – rather all things are accounted for in God’s divine purpose. What is that purpose? to bring glorify God. But unlike idols made by human desire, the Living God is composed, loving, just, holy and active in our daily lives.

Precious in God’s mind is humanity. God desires to pour out the unlimited supply of His love on those with whom
He can relate – us.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Gen 1:26-28).

Contrary to fleeting philosophies of man, we have not made God, but He made us and did so as the crowning achievement of this creation. But God has never needed us–He complete in Himself. Rather, He desired to express His love, creating us for relationship. It’s in this relationship that we find our specific purpose, become whole and fulfill His sovereign and loving plan which He always intended for our lives.

THE PROBLEM

Sin disrupted humanity’s relationship with God in the disobedience and impenitence of Adam and Eve. They were given the command to refrain from one tree and its fruit–the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is identified as such by God, for in it morality was highlighted–to obey God is good and to disobey is evil. Even though they were deceived by satan, the father of lies, when questioned by God as an opportunity for repentance they avoided responsibility by blaming everyone but themselves. Trust in God was put on trial and the result was devastating. Because the two didn’t trust and believe in God, they and those after them have to suffer physical and spiritual death–perpetual ruin (Gen. 1-3).

Humanity lusted after something outside of God and disobeyed–and the price is the wrath of God (1 John 2:16). This lust took them further than they or we ever want to go. Holy God must judge all things, whether good or evil. But praise be to God, his perfect plan never needed a ‘plan b.’ He accounted for this error in His creation.

God displayed His mercy; He provided a temporary means for people to cover their sin and decline His own wrath – animal sacrifices. “for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible (Lev. 17:11).

God established sacrificial atonement, but He knew that it wasn’t enough for a lasting impact that would restore life. Humanity was still dead in trespasses and sins against God and this eternal blight against Him demands a sacrifice to equally satisfy eternal justice. “for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

No one would be worthy to remove the penalty and re-establish the relationship between God and humanity. But since God is all-knowing and all-powerful, He chose sacrificial atonement as his method of reconciliation. He would present the ultimate expression of His love by providing the all-encompassing, once and for all sacrifice to bring humanity back into right-standing with Himself. A sacrifice to remove all sins from His people, not simply to cover them.

And His name is Jesus.

THE SOLUTION

Jesus is the full evidence of God’s love. Because God (the Father) so loved the world, He sent Jesus (the Son) to pay the penalty for sin once (bringing finality), for all that believe in Him past, present and future (John 3:13-18). Man’s disobedience is filled with eternal punishment and no one can amend the situation, except God.

How can Jesus quell God’s righteous judgment against those who believe in Him? Because Jesus is God, being revealed as blameless and as the Son of God. He came and put on mortality, lived a life of perfect obedience to the law of God and laid down his life to redeem man from the slavery of sin (John 1:14, Luke 4:18).

Jesus Christ substituted Himself under God’s wrath, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). He was scourged so badly He barely passed as human, was spat upon, ridiculed, crowned with thorns, nailed to the cross, hung on the cross, pierced in His side while on that very same cross, was abandoned by all, received our sin, died hanging and did so despising the shame – knowing that it was necessary to give us the opportunity to be set free from the grip of sin and eternal ruin (Isaiah 53:5, 2 Cor. 5:21)

Scripture is clear that Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice and that the only path to salvation is in Him (John 14:6). He paid it all, giving us direct access to God’s throne of grace. What an awesome expression of love! God took it upon Himself to come down in flesh and provide the way to an eternal, powerful relationship between us!

THE  VICTORY

Death could not hold Jesus captive, for He walked before God sinless. It was God’s plan, even before the sin of Adam and Eve, to send Jesus to save a people from our own deserved fate (Eph. 1:5).

Jesus lives! Jesus rose from the dead, ascended back into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father with all power over death, hell and the grave (1 Cor. 15:4, Matt. 28:18).

Because Jesus lives and has all authority in heaven and earth, He has removed the grip of sin and the power death used to have over His people. It was God’s good pleasure to fulfill this work and present us with an awesome gift–eternal life. No longer do we wander without hope as lost sheep. God freely offers the gift of salvation, which is the forgiveness of sins, through accepting the Lordship and work of Jesus Christ.

You don’t have to work for it – isn’t that liberation? God is declaring that you believe in His Son Jesus Christ and true life can begin now and flow into eternity. Who are those people for whom He purchased from their own sin? The Bible declares that all whom believe in Jesus are those people. Have you been given this gift? Hell ceases to be your reality and you become sealed with His Holy Spirit to live a victorious life now.

O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law: but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 55-57).

God is love. God is truth. He is who we all truly need to heal and be set free from ourselves and the pain of our present and past. Allow God to perform what only He can do in your life and turn it around for the better. You’re not alone. You’ve never been. God has a better, more fulfilling life waiting for you. It’s time to let go of what’s holding you back. It begins with receiving Jesus Christ into your life.

You’ll never regret it. You have a life to gain!

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