This is what we are before –
From Head to Toe:
- We believe we are saved.
- We feel saved.
- We are richly blessed with good things.
- We believe we are good. We know in our hearts that we are good – we do not offend anybody nor do anybody any harm.
- We may also be holders of some title – and are also religious.
- We may have so many friends and is richly blessed with great success.
- We may also be in a state of so much problem, confusion, in deep hatred, lack of satisfaction, perplexion, lost (lacking direction), unsure of the future, hopeless (in a particular situation), feeling unloved or isolated or lonely, full of despair, always sick, is in fear of many things, tormented, etc.
The good news is this: No matter what we think or feel about ourselves or our state or even when we don’t ever thought of God, or Jesus – we are loved!
John 3:16 Berean Study Bible
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
However, the Kingdom of God – or God’s reign in our lives is not about emotions or feelings. It’s about what He says – and what we do about it.
Remember, no matter what we do or say or even believe, God is the same. He is still God and we are still His creation. No matter what we say or do or even believe, He still love us. Such love never change since God also is the same, yesterday, today and forever!
So this could only mean, we need to know God first – for us to accept Him in our lives, right?
Romans 10:14 Berean Study Bible
How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?
This also means, we need to know our current state and what we need to do about it? Right? We also need to understand why we need God! Right?
Here’s the many reasons why you need to know God and why you should accept Him in your life, and then eventually live your life in Him:
(You will see the following scriptures or word of God or Bible verses in the New Testament. Just browse thru the index or table of contents. The list of the book or letters followed by the chapter # and then the verse #.)
1 Timothy 2:1-4 Berean Study Bible
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- We are called to pray, intercede, to send our petitions to God. If you will accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, you will definitely learn how to pray – since you will also learn that He is the one to whom you should be praying to, only!
- We ought to give thanks to God for our lives. This will be supported by a whole lot of scriptures later in this text.
- God wants us to be saved. Saved from our current state –
- away from God, and far away from Jesus, our Lord and Savior
- independent from God, our loving Father
- alien, even to the will of God in our lives
- God wants us to come to the knowledge of the truth. The truth about what we believe for the longest time. The truth may only be found in Jesus! By accepting Him.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 Berean Study Bible
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all–the testimony that was given at just the right time.
This is our God! our Savior! He ransomed us from Sin! – from sure death so that we can be reconciled to God and be saved!
Galatians 1:3-5 Berean Study Bible
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
- Jesus died for our sins to rescue us – from sure death under God’s wrath
- This is our God, our Father’s will – that we be rescued or saved from this evil age of the present time.
Our God, who is also our Father is the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. The story of creation may be found and read in the Book of Genesis. Now, His only son, Jesus, is our Savior – the one who saves us from death and the wrath of God. He is also our Lord! To know God, you must know Jesus first – and all the things He has done.
BUT – and that is a big one and in bold letters, you need to believe. You must believe. It’s the very first step to your salvation – for you to be saved. Believing in the Lord Jesus is accepting Him! Salvation may also require your deliverance from something. Freedom is in Christ!
What must you do? See the following verses of the Apostles’ encounter with those who hears them:
Acts 2:37-38 Berean Study Bible
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Believe (to Accept)
- Repent of your Sins – you will learn of your sins anyway if you will just ask about what the Bible says about it
- Confess or Proclaim that Jesus is Lord!
- Be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
This is what the Lord Jesus told His disciples, when they sent them out to the world:
Mark 16:15-18 Berean Study Bible
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”
John 3:18 Berean Study Bible
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Here, the Apostle John clearly states who our Lord Jesus is – God’s one and only Son! Then we become sons too!
John 1:12-13 Berean Study Bible
But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.
John 3:36 Berean Study Bible
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”
You will be able to understand this eternal life thing when you are already living in Christ.
Acts 16:31 Berean Study Bible
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Romans 10:4-9 Berean Study Bible
Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes. For concerning the righteousness that is by the Law, Moses writes: “The man who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Now this is one instruction from Apostle Paul about accepting Christ. You must confess or proclaim or say that Jesus is Lord. Lord of your life. Lord of your every being. Body, Soul, and Spirit. And when you believe, believe in your heart!
Titus 3:1-5 Berean Study Bible
Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work, to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone. For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Our God, is a loving Father and a merciful God. He knows everything about us. He is ready to listen and is always ready to take action for us if we would just rid ourselves of sin.
Isaiah 59:2 New Living Translation
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
I Corinthians 2:9 Berean Study Bible
Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
To love God is to be reconciled with Him first…
Come, be saved! Accept the Lord Jesus, and see for yourself the many things God has in store for you even before you were born. He knows you by name. He made you. He awaits this day when you will come home to Him – the day when you will start to know Him for who He truly is.
John 14:6 Berean Study Bible
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Accepting and Believing in Christ Jesus our Lord is just the start of the journey. You will have to go on living with Him, and for Him. And we’d take it from there. What matters is that you be saved first…and be delivered after.
by Mar Marilag 8-February-2017
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