Wondering About God?

The Lord Wants Relationship With You
Christianity is not a religion; Christianity is a relationship, a relationship between God and His people.  One of the reasons that God created the world was to develop relationships with his creatures.  When He created Adam and Eve, he gave them the power to choose to be in fellowship with Him.  In order for them to remain in fellowship with God they were forbidden to eat of the fruit of a single tree that was in the Garden where they lived.  This tree was called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Adam and Eve chose to eat of that tree despite God’s edict and thereby broke fellowship with God.  That single act destroyed the relationship that God had with and all of Adam and Eve’s offspring. Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17; Genesis 3.

When created, Adam and Eve were perfect in every way.  However, by obtaining the knowledge of good and evil, without being in fellowship with God, Adam , Eve and all of their offspring became unable to stop choosing to do evil; disobeying God became a part of human nature.  Humans were unable to restore the relationship with God.  Throughout history, God has given humanity many opportunities to restore the fellowship that was lost but because of humanity’s propensity for evil, humanity was unable to choose to live in accord with the Holy, Righteous and Perfect God that made them. 
Jesus Christ is God’s only way to reconcile humanity back to Himself. John 3:16-17.

Jesus Is God and Man
Jesus Christ is both Almighty God and the Son of God.  This may sound confusing at first but that is because we look at things from a limited perspective.  However to discuss the nature of God it is necessary to gain a Godly perspective.  Admittedly, one must come to know God in order to gain His perspective.  If you have come to know the Lord and if you pray with an open heart, God will give you a glimpse of who He is.

God is triune in nature; this means He is manifested in three persons.  The first person of God is the Father, John 14:16; John 15:26; 
The second person is Jesus Christ, the Son, Luke 3:22; and the third person is the Spirit of God, also called the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost. John 14:26.  Each of these scriptures manifests all three persons of God separately.  However, please understand that our God is one God, not three, Deuteronomy 6:4.
He reveals himself in three distinct persons.  More confused?  Think of it this way; it is similar to our own makeup.  Consider that humans are comprised of a body, a soul and a spirit.  Just as these three elements work together, perform different functions and exist in the same space so do the three persons of the Triune God.  Of course, we are discussing subjects beyond our comprehension and using a limited human vocabulary, so our analogies are understandably limited.

Besides being the Second Person of the Triunity, Jesus is also the God-Man.  About 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ put on human flesh and lived on Earth as a human for a period of approximately 33 years, John 1:1; John 1:14; and Philippians 2:6-8.

Why would God do this, you ask?  There are three reasons.  First, he lived on Earth for those years so that he could experience the temptations, pains, distresses, disappointments, etc., that every human experiences, Hebrews 4:15.
Second, Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed on a cross, crucified to pay for the sins of humanity.  His perfect, sinless, divine blood was shed to cleanse the records of broken laws that had been compiled by God’s all-knowing, all-seeing eyes.,1 Colossians 2:13-15.
Third, Jesus rose from the dead to defeat the power of Death and Satan.  By defeating Death, he made it possible for all that follow him to defeat Death, 1 Peter 3:18.
Christ now sits in Heaven as our advocate to the Father, interceding on our behalf.  Moreover, he abides in the hearts of them that have accepted his offer of eternal life.

You Must Be Born Again
In many churches, people refer to themselves as being “born again.”  “Born Again” is a Biblical term used by Jesus to describe what happens spiritually when a person accepts his offer of eternal life, John 3:3-6; and Romans 10:9-10.
By asking Christ to be your Lord, and accepting His sacrifice and His resurrection for the remission of your sinfulness, you are born a second time, spiritually.  That is, your spirit, the part of you that communicates with God, is made alive.

Another term for “born-again” is “saved.”  When you receive Jesus Christ as your “Savior” you are saved from the bondage of sin, which means that while you remain on Earth, God gives you the power to resist temptations to sin.  Moreover, you will not have to pay the price for breaking God’s laws because Jesus already paid the price.  The result of rejecting God’s salvation and maintaining our sinful nature is eternal separation from God, stated another way, spending eternity in the lake of fire, Romans 6:23.
So, when you are born-again, you are saved from Satan’s hold on you to make you sin and you are saved from burning forever in Hell.  What a bargain!