The Days of His Flesh: The Early Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ1. God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life
God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life
'God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16 NIV).
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because...
2. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. He cannot experience God's love.
Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. He cannot experience God's love.
Man Is Sinful
'All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterised by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated
'The wages of sin is death' [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23)
dieu et vousThis diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails.
The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...
3. Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin.
Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin.
He Died in Our Place
'God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Romans 5:8).
He Rose From the Dead
'Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...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 to God
'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).
dieu et vousThis diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
It is not enough just to know these three laws.
4. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
We Must Receive Christ
'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).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
'Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."' (John 3:3).
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).
If you believe these things to be true of yourself, then we would urge you to come to Him and give your life to Him.