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Ludlow, MA

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    Knowing God


    How Can I Know God? 

    Step One: Understand God’s Plan

    In the beginning, God created everything, and it was perfect. God created man and woman to rule the garden for Him. The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, had a perfect relationship with God, each other and everything else on earth.

    • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
    • And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.... Genesis 1:31
    • The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
    • And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

     

    Step Two: Acknowledge Our Problem

    We Sin


    Because God didn’t want his creation to know the pain of evil, he commanded Adam and Eve to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve chose independence and autonomy over their perfect relationship with God, each other and creation. Adam and Eve’s decision introduced evil into every aspect of God’s once perfect creation. The decision to value anything above God is called sin, and we have all sinned. If you’ve ever lied, hated or longed for something that someone else had, then you’ve sinned.

    • And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
    • So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. Genesis 3:6-7
    • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

     

    The Consequences


    The price for rebelling against the Creator is death. Even worse than physical death, mankind is condemned to spiritual death. We are separated from the God who created, loved, and gave us direction on how to live.

    • For the wages of sin is death... Romans 6:23
    • But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. Isaiah 59:2

    Men have always tried to find a way to get back what they’ve lost. Some try to be good enough to earn spiritual life, or they make excuses for why they failed. Others have created alternate ways to grasp at spiritual life. Yet, nothing works. We are incapable of helping ourselves. So, God made a way, and it is the only way.

    • We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:6
    • For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
    • There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12

     

    Step Three: Accept God’s Solution

    Jesus’ Life and Death

    At great cost, God made a way to once again be united with mankind. Jesus, God’s son, came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, healed many, taught God’s law, and explained that he was the only way to God. The religious leaders of the time hated Jesus, falsified evidence, and had him sentenced to death. Although this was a great tragedy, it was all a part of God’s plan. While Jesus was on the cross, He willingly received the sins of mankind. Then, He died.

    • Though Christ Jesus was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
    • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. Luke 4:18
    • 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
    • This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. Acts 2:23

     

    Why that Matters to Us

    Jesus was taken down from the cross, buried, and three days later he rose from the dead. He didn’t stay dead because he had overcome death (our consequence for sin). Later, over 500 witnesses saw Jesus alive. After a time, Jesus went back to Heaven and now sits with God as our advocate.

    • He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24
    • But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:24
    • Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:6
    • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
    • ... If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One,  and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

     

    Bottom Line

    Believe in Jesus, repent of sin and trust in Jesus for new life, and you will be forgiven. Your sins will be completely washed away. You will be transformed from being spiritually dead to spiritually alive.

    • 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
    • But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
    • If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. Romans 10:9-12

     

    This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ.

    To deepen this relationship you should:

    1. Worship, walk with, and work for Christ with other Christians in a church where the good news you have just heard is preached.
    2. Read your Bible every day to know Christ better.
    3. Talk to God in prayer every day.
    4. Tell others about Christ.

     

    Let us help you in your walk with Jesus Christ.

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