Welcome, if you have not already secured for yourself a place in heaven through your faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ, I hope that this website will give you pause to think about your eternal future.
Would you like:
- to know your purpose in life?
Psalm 138:8a says "The Lord will accomplish (His purpose through me)."
- to feel safe and secure?
Psalm 27:1 says "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life, whom shall I dread?"
- to never feel alone?
Ephesians 2:19 says "...you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens...and
are of God's household."
- to be able to accomplish things you never thought you could?
Philippians 4:13 says "I can do all things through (Christ) who strengthens me."
- to live forever?
Romans 6:23 says "...the free gift of God is
eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord."
Who is God?
God is spirit (John 4:24a) who always was and always will be (Rev 1:8). He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent
(all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful)(Psalm 139). He is the one and only true God, who created (out of nothing)
all that exists, including mankind (Malachi 2:10). He is holy, righteous and just (Deut. 32:4, Isaiah 6:3).
God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14). This is commonly refered to as the Trinity or Godhead.
God, the Father, is Creator and Master (Gen 1:1) and He is Lord over all (Ephesians 4:6). God, the Son, is our
Savior (Luke 2:11) and the way to the Father and eternal life (John 14:6). God, the Holy Spirit, is our Helper (John
14:16), Teacher (John 14:26) and Guide to righteous living through our faith and in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:30).
biblical references to the Trinity can be found in Ephesians 4:30, John 10:30 and John 1:1.
did God come from?
God always was (Rev 1:8). This fact must be accepted
by faith. Without faith, it is impossible to know or please God (Hebrews 11:6). God cannot be seen or measured
in scientific ways. His grace enables us (John 6:44) and He requires us to have faith in order to know Him. The
bible teaches that if we come closer to God, He will come closer to us (James 4:8).
Once you come to God and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as your personal Savior, the bible (God's Word) and the presence of
the Holy Spirit will become absolute proof to you. That is, proof based on your faith.
faith still slow in developing?
Please consider the following:
-- Why do we have emotions (are
they necessary for life)?
-- Why do we feel and desire love?
-- Why is there beauty in the world?
-- Why are
we all different? Why is there so much diversity in the world?
-- What purpose would all of this serve if there
was no Creator?
Now, think about this...if the earth and humanity just happened without
design or creator, where would the idea of "God" have come from? What about the desire to live forever?
If we are born, live our lives and then die, and this is the way it has always been throughout the history of the world...then
where did the idea of "God" originate?
The bible teaches us that
God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
OK, maybe there is a god, a "creator".
Why create the earth? And, better still, why create man?
In a single word:
fellowship. God created man "in (His) own image" (Gen 1:27). He wanted (and still wants) someone to
share His love with. God is not lonely. Heaven is filled with, not only the Godhead but, a host of heavenly
beings as well. However, God chose to create man as a separate being. His plan for Adam and Eve (the
earth's first people) is told in the book of Genesis. The Garden of Eden was created to be a paradise for them
to inhabit and tend. There was no shame, jealousy, pain, etc. and the Lord was present with them.
Adam and Eve were not created to be equals with God. They were to be "caretakers" of God's creation (the earth
and all things on it). Though they were created with their own will and God allowed them to make decisions, the Lord's
desire was for them to submit obediently to His will, as their Creator (giver of life). God wanted them to be obedient
to His Word, because He loved them and provided for their needs.
So, what happened?
With the "free will" given them by God, Adam and Eve chose to disobey their Creator
(Gen. 3:1-7). Due to their disobedience, They became unrighteous in God's eyes. This caused a separation
between mankind and God. God cannot look upon unrighteousness (Isaiah 59:2) for He is holy (Psalm 77:13).
So, what next?
The need for reconciliation. God's
plan for the salvation of mankind. It is broken down into two parts...the Old Testament (meaning covenant or contract)
and the New Testament.
The Old Testament:
the Old Testament, of course, requires much study. For our purposes, we'll focus on the events surrounding God's giving
of the Ten Commandments to Moses.
The Lord was physically present (not uncommon
in the Old Testament) in the form of Fire and Smoke on Mt. Sinai (also called Horeb). This is after the Israelites have
escaped Pharoah and 400 years of bondage in Egypt. After receiving the Commandments from God, Moses said to the people,
"Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear (meaning respect, not fright) of
Him remains with you so that you may not sin." (Exodus 20:20)
At this point in time, the
people have a long history of disobedience to the Lord (Adam and Eve, the people of Noah's time, etc.). God has
already punished man by limiting his lifespan (Gen 6:3) and by allowing (not causing) suffering to become a part of man's
life (Gen 3:16-19). God even thought of destroying His creation completely (Gen 6:7).
By implementing the Ten Commandments and other laws, God gives the ancient Israelites the means of worshipping Him and
demonstrating their faith, including symbolic atonement for their sins against Him. As Moses told the people, this is
a test of their loyalty and love for God (Who has been their protector throughout history). This is the beginning
of God's plan for the reconciliation of mankind's relationship with Him.
This covenant continues for thousands of years. Then, for reasons known only to God, He chooses a specific point in
history to enter into a new covenant with man. He will send the Messiah, His Son Jesus Christ, down from heaven
(where He has existed as part of the Trinity since before the beginning of the earth...John 1:1-5) to become the ultimate
Savior of mankind. This creates a New Testament with man.
The New Testament:
The overriding theme of the New Testament is grace. God's grace, His free gift to us, is
eternal life (Romans 6:23). All that is required of us to receive God's grace is faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Faith
in God's Son, Jesus Christ. Faith in His virgin birth, faith in His miraculous ministry, faith in His death by crucifixion
and faith in His resurrection (Jesus' life story is detailed in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
Through this process, the Son (and thereby, the Father) was glorified (John 17). And through
our faith in Jesus, we are sanctified (made righteous). Thus, our broken relationship with the Father is restored.
Understanding why God chose this process of salvation will require the study of His Word (the
bible). It may not be able to be completely understood during our time on earth (God will provide some answers
when we see Him in heaven). Briefly, Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for the atonement of sin. His blood permanently
replaced all of the "symbolic" blood that was shed in accordance with the law on any Old Testament altar or tabernacle
(Hebrews 9). Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament law (Matthew 5:17).
Now, there is no longer
a need for rituals and symbolism. By repenting (turning away) from our sins, accepting Christ as the Son of God, asking
him to become our personal Savior and following the Word of God obediently, we are promised eternal life (Romans 6:15-23).
So, what does eternal life mean?
In John 17:3, Jesus says
that eternal life means that we will know the God the Father and Jesus, His Son. the bible teaches that we
have "citizenship in heaven" awaiting us upon Christ's return (Philippians 3:20). In heaven, there will be
no evil. No pain, no suffering, no guilt; and God's presence will illuminate and fill all of heaven. His glory will
be our focus (Rev. 21).
Additional rewards of walking with God:
of sins (Acts 13:38)
-- Freedom from misery and guilt
-- Knowledge and understanding of some of life's mysteries
-- Knowing peace and contentment (though, not always happiness and comfort...John 16:33)
As a Christian, there truly is no need to fear and worry. Our Heavenly Father rewards
our faithfulness to Him by providing for our earthly needs. He is Provider and Protector of our eternal lives (Matt
6:25-34). Also, when we face trials which seem to great for us to handle, we can draw strength from Christ (Philippians 4:13).
Is this grace available to anyone?
Yes, you can never be
too far from God for Him not to want you (1 Timothy 1:12-16). On the other hand, you can never be "good enough"
on your own to merit a relationship with the Father (Romans 3:11-12). It is by grace (a free gift), through faith in
Jesus Christ, that we are saved. It doesn't matter if you were raised in the church and accepted Christ at a young
age or if you came to know Jesus as Lord on your deathbed (Matthew 18:12-14). Of course, tomorrow is promised to no
one, so why would you wait?
So, what's next? How do I get this salvation?
Read John 3:16-18. Luke 13:3 and Acts 2:38. Repent (turn away) from a sinful life that does
not include God and ask, through sincere prayer, the Lord Jesus to come into your heart. Decide to turn your life over
to God and live in obedience to His Will (John 14:21). When you do this sincerely, you will become "born again"
in Christ (John 3:3). You will become an adopted son or daughter of God (Galatians 4:4-7). When you pray for Jesus
to become your Savior, God will send His Holy Spirit to dwell within you and become your Teacher and Guide to righteous living
through Christ (John 14:26, John 16:5-15).
After I receive Christ as my Savior, what should I do
Look to mature in your faith (2 Peter 3:18). Seek knowledge, wisdom
and understanding through prayer and by studying the scriptures (the bible). The bible is God's Holy Word and serves
as our instruction manual for how to live a life that is pleasing to God (2 Timothy 3:16). The goal is to
live obediently to God's will for our lives, turning away from worldly desires that lead to sin. Focus your life on
Christ. To assist you in this maturing process you should look for a bible-teaching church. This will encourage
your new faith through bible study and fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:24-25). While church membership is
not a requirement to be a true Christian, it is very difficult to go it alone, especially for the new Christian.
What if I ignore this message? What happens if I go on not believing?
By rejecting Christ, you will have no way to reconcile your relationship with the Heavenly Father (John 14:6). Instead
of having an eternal future secured in the presence of God, you will be separated from Him forever. You will be judged
(Hebrews 9:27) and condemned to eternal punishment (John 3:18). Your future will be one that includes pain, suffering,
shame and guilt without any hope of salvation. This fate will be eternal (never ending) and will be the result of your
willful disobedience to God (Romans 2:5-11, 2 Peter 3:7, Revelation 20:15).