(The following principles are summarized
from the writings of many scholars and ministers of all denominations.)
From history’s beginning, through prophets and
events, the Creator revealed His loving plan to rescue the human race
from its self-imposed curse of sin and death. He would do this by sending
His Son, who would become a sacrificial Lamb, taking the judgment upon
Himself for all who would put their trust in Him. This profound event
happened almost 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ, fully God and fully
man, came, was crucified, rose from the grave (seen by more than 500
people), and 40 days later visibly ascended into heaven. When you put
your trust in Christ, you become a recipient of the greatest gifts in
the universe, fully paid for by the blood of God's own Son.
1. You have total forgiveness. All your sins -- past,
present and future -- were forgiven because Jesus bore them for you
on the cross. You are accepted by God, not because of what you have
done, but because of what He did! "For by grace (unmerited favor)
you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves (not
your efforts), it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that
no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
2. You have peace with God.. "Therefore having
been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ . . . the love of God has been poured out within our hearts....
having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the
wrath of God through Him" (Romans 5:1,5,9). For Jewish readers,
this first appearance of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ in English),
as a sacrifice, was predicted throughout Jewish Scriptures. For example,
see Isaiah, chapter 53.
3. You have been "born again" into God's
own family. You are a new creature! "If any man is in Christ,
he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things
have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). "For you are all sons of
God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26).
4. You have eternal life. You will live with God forever!
"Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"
(John 3:16). "God has given us eternal life, and this life is
in His Son" (1 John 5:11).
5. God lives in you. You have become a temple, or
dwelling place, of God's Spirit. He lives inside of you! "Do
you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16). "It is no longer
I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
6. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ!
"Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any
other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).
7. God has chosen to share His kingdom with you! "Do
not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to
give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). "If children, (we are)
heirs also" (Romans 8:17).
Have you prayed yet and expressed your faith and trust
in Jesus Christ? If not, you can do so right now. Here is suggested
prayer: "Dear Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and
that you died on the cross for my sins to save me from eternal death.
I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Help
me to be what you want me to be. Amen."
"But What Does God Want
From Me Now?"
That is probably your question, and a natural one. But
remember, God is all-powerful and owns the universe. He really does
not need anything we have. But He does want something. He desires our
love and fellowship. He created us for fellowship with Himself and to
enjoy Him forever. Christianity is really not a "religion"
as many people think. It is a "relationship."
Of course, God also wants our obedience and submission
to His superior wisdom, but mainly for our own
good and so that he can use us to be a blessing to others. His ways
are never arbitrary and are always for a loving purpose. Below are some
principles from God's Word that will strengthen your relationship with
Him, help you to be a more effective servant, and help you to receive
all the blessings that our loving God has for you.
• Talk with God continually.
That is what prayer is -- talking with God. It also means listening,
always in tune to His Spirit, at home, at work, at school, or wherever.
In Jesus' Name, we have the incredible privilege of communicating
directly with the Creator of the universe anytime, day or night! No
appointment necessary. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians
• Read His Word, the Bible.
God will speak to you through His Word. You will learn more about
His nature, His ways, and His will and promises for your life. It
will help understand His book if you better know the Author, so the
Gospel of John is a good place to start. A modern translation and
a good commentary will help understanding. "Thy word is a lamp
to my feet, and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105). "The
words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life" (John
• Obey Him. Our obedience demonstrates
our love for God and recognition of who He is. "He who has my
commandments, and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves
Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose
Myself to him" (John 14:21). God's Word tells us not to sin,
which grieves God, hinders our fellowship with Him, and harms ourselves
and others. God wants us to live holy lives, becoming more like Jesus
(Romans 8:29). If you do sin, confess it immediately, then (by faith)
receive God's forgiveness and cleansing according to 1 John 1:9. One
of your first acts of obedience should be to be baptized in water,
a demonstration that your old nature has been buried with Christ and
that, coming out of the water, you have risen with Him in His resurrection.
Baptism is usually done in the local church.
• Find fellowship with other
believers. Our relationship and fellowship with other believers (the
Body of Christ) are important to God. That is why He established the
church, where we can not only worship together but find fellowship,
teaching, counseling, ministry to our special needs, and where God
can use each of us to impart these same blessings to others. "Not
forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but
encouraging one another.... " (Hebrews 10:25). Find a Christ-centered,
Bible-believing church. But beware of cults (see special report).
• "Be filled with the Spirit,"
God exhorts us in Ephesians 5:18. This means to be continually empowered
for God's use and a victorious life by His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
We receive this empowering by faith.
You have now entered the most exciting and fulfilling
life imaginable! Learn to trust God with every detail of your life (1
Peter 5:7); tell others about God's great love and "good news"
(John 15:8); walk in the Spirit and do not give in to your old carnal
desires (Galatians 5:16,17); and be aware of spiritual warfare and God's
prescription for continuous victory over Satan (Ephesians 6:10-18).
May God bless you richly.
1. For your further spiritual growth, there are many
excellent books available to help you. Two are: The Holy Spirit: The
Key to Supernatural Living, and also The Secret, both by Dr. Bill
Bright (NewLife Publications, 1-800-235-7255).
2. If you are honest and sincerely desire to know
the truth, but feel you need more "evidence," your doubt
will be quickly swept away if you make the effort to study the assembled
empirical evidence of the total reliability of Scripture and the claims
of Christ. The following popular and classic book assembles such evidence
and is highly recommended: Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh
McDowell (Thomas Nelson Publishers).
3. If you are interested in more facts concerning
the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible is the source,
but there are many excellent books available to help you. Examples
are a compilation of essays by top scholars entitled, Storming Toward
Armageddon, with William T. James; Prophecy, by Dr. John F. Walvoord;
The Master Plan, by Dr. David Reagan; Armageddon--Appointment With
Destiny, by Grant R. Jeffrey; and Planet Earth--2000 A.D., by Hal
4. Scripture quotations are from the New American