“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
An image gives a picture of someone or something. God has displayed His image in people, men and women of all ethnicities and cultures, and created them to give a picture of Himself and His love to the world. This gives each man and woman tremendous value and significance.
“And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
What prevents us from experiencing the love and freedom God offers? What keeps us from accurately displaying God’s image to the world?
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Sin is our innate desire to take the place of God, not just the actions we do. People were created to be in relationship with God, and to bear His image. But we are not God, and we have failed to portray His image accurately in the world.
“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23
This is not just physical death; our sinful condition deserves eternal separation from God.
The third principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf.
“[Jesus] committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22
Jesus Christ was able to pay the penalty for our sins because He is perfect and free from sin.
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“Christ died for our sins … He was buried … He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead shows that He has power over death so He can offer us eternal life with God.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6
What do you need to do in order to be in relationship with God and accept the love and freedom He offers?
Jesus’s death and resurrection brings us to a relationship with God. But that is not all Jesus came to do. His death and resurrection allows us to be reconciled with others to have restored relationships (Ephesians 2:14-18), and He intends to reconcile all things to Himself, restoring them to the way they were intended to be. (Colossians 1:19,20)
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,” John 1:12
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
There is nothing we can do to earn a relationship with God, but it is by grace (an undeserved, unearned gift) because of faith (knowing God is real and trustworthy) that we can be saved (rescued from the penalty of our sin to relationship with God).
[Jesus speaking] “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” Ephesians 2:19
“…children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20). - Jesus is ready and waiting to be in relationship with you.
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
Which circle best describes your life?
Which circle would you like to have represent your life?
Prayer is talking to 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, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life as He promised.
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01: Share the Gospel
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