Category: The Nature of God

Who Does God Really Love?

[Article by Lantz Manomano]—

In life we all experience different problems and tragedies that may lead us to question both the love of God and sometimes even the existence of God.
Perhaps tragic situations, the worsening state of the world and even or our daily personal challenges can bring us to a place where we have a variety of questions about God’s love.

Due to the different experiences that we face, we may have thoughts and questions about God’s love such as these:
“If God is so loving, why does He allow me to have so many problems in my life?”
“Why does it feel as if God loves other people more than me?”
“Why does it seem as if God blesses other people and I always feel cursed?”
“If God is so loving, why does He allow bad things to happen to good / innocent people?”
“If God exists, why did He not stop the evil and tragedies in my life?”
“If God exists, why do I not feel the love of God in my life?”

So does God love only a specific kind of people? Do we have to earn God’s love? If God exists, why is His love not so evident in some people’s lives?
There are some people who say you have to do good in order to receive or earn God’s love.
Others just come to the conclusion that there is no God because of the tragic situations that they experience and witness in life.
In some scenario’s those who have come to know of God’s love and experience, make it seem as if God’s love is reserved for only them alone.
However, what does the Bible really teach about God’s love?

 

IS GOD’S LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE, OR IS IT RESERVED FOR A SPECIFIC PEOPLE?
Genesis 1:26-27 states that God created man in His image and after His likeness, so whether one is a believer or non-believer everyone on earth has been created in God’s image and after His likeness.
Being made in the image of God means that we have certain qualities and virtues that are similar to God. Therefore, since we are made after His likeness, then just like God we have the capacity to express various aspects of God’s nature such as love, compassion, empathy, grief, faithfulness, patience and so many other attributes. Being made in God’s image also means that we have the capacity to hate. For example, we have the capacity to hate evil or any kind of wickedness or sin.

Before the fall of man or the entrance of sin, Adam and Eve were made perfect and having been made perfectly in God’s image, they could perfectly express the nature and character of God in their life because sin had not yet entered into humanity. Both Adam and Eve could perfectly receive and express the love of God because they had a perfect and unaltered relationship with God.
However this perfection did not last long as Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s word and that’s when man fell short of God’s glory (Genesis 3:1-24). One of the first things that Adam and Eve did after they sinned against God was to hide from Him. Their love of God turned into fear and guilt and shame.
When Adam sinned, humanity’s once perfect image became flawed and altered because sin now reigns in man. For example, we do not love perfectly; our ability to express compassion is flawed; we no longer live truthfully or faithfully and we cannot please God perfectly by our own strength or personal effort. Furthermore our perception of the true character and nature of God is imperfect – all because of sin that reigns in the world.

Romans 3:23 says: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
From Romans 3:23 we discover that it’s not a specific people that fell short of God’s glory but it says that ALL have sinned and therefore EVERYONE is guilty of disobeying God’s commandments.
The fact that we have sinned against God means that we all deserve God’s wrath and judgment.
However God is love and one of His attributes is that He is gracious and slow to anger.
Therefore instead of having His wrath on us, Jesus Christ took the penalty on our behalf in order to save us from eternal damnation and to reconcile us to God (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:18).
John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 2:2 states that He did not only die for the believer but also for the world (everyone). Just by looking into these few verses one can see that God’s love is not reserved for a specific people but it is for all. Why then believe that God’s love is for a specific people?
Hosea 4:6 states my people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge. If one has no idea that God loves them and has forgiven them they’ll die believing that their wrongs/sins are greater than Christ’s sacrifice for us, which is the devil’s lie.

Psalm 145:8-9 says: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.

 

DOES ONE HAVE TO WORK FOR GOD’S LOVE?
God’s love is a free gift to all mankind through Christ’s death and resurrection. Through His grace God gives us the free gift of eternal life because of the payment Jesus made on our behalf on the cross.
Unfortunately, many believe that we have to earn God’s love or to work for it. However Ephesians 2:8-10 speaks of God’s love and grace and it shows that it’s God who has done all the work of salvation and it is not of our effort lest we should boast before God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

According to 1 John 4:7-8, love is of God and one is able to receive this love once they know and have a personal relationship with God.
1 John 4:7-8 says: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

People spend all their lives trying to gain God’s love through works and deeds whilst the Lord is saying just believe in what I have done for you through Christ and to allow God to love them and lead them into a place of true love.

 

SHOULD SUFFERING PREVENT US FROM BELIEVING IN GOD’S EXISTENCE?
Psalms 14:1 states that a fool says in his heart there is no God. We live in a fallen world. We live in very evil times. People are increasingly corrupt and there are many trials and tribulations that we face in the world. However the challenges and trials in our life must not prevent us from believing in God’s existence.
A human father does not hide his children from life’s experiences but helps and guides his children through the course & challenges of life. He also picks them up and teaches them not to lose hope and to make wise choices. Same with God. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) it says: The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

The Lord sees us in this fallen world and He teaches us how to stay strong and guides us on the right path to take. Even though we struggle with different kinds of trials, His love for us remains and He will not leave us nor forsake us and He will one day deliver us. That’s God’s love for us until He restores everything to the perfection He created it to be.

God has given every man freewill or the ability to make their own choices. During these times people make freewill choices. Some choices lead to life and others lead to tragedies and suffering.
In moments of confusion and tragedy people question God’s love and God’s existence because of the pain they will be going through. They say if God loves them, why does He allow them to go through such bad experiences.
One thing we forget is that God allows us to exercise our freewill and because of this the Lord does not control us just as one would control a machine or a robot. However in every situation in our life, both good and bad, we must yield to Christ’s Lordship because He is more than willing to lead and direct our footsteps.

Unfortunately man loves leading his own life until something goes wrong and then he blames God for the consequences of his own choices.
Proverbs 14:12 says: There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

God never promised that life will always be a smooth sail. However God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Our job is to believe in Him; to trust Him and to remember He is always ready to guide us. In every situation in our life we must totally depend on God for purpose and direction even when we don’t understand the reasons for our pain and suffering.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Sometimes we tend to place our trust in people or in the things that we can touch or see. However believers are called to trust in God whom we cannot physically see or touch.
Jeremiah 17:5 states that cursed is the man that trusts man and depart from the fear of the Lord,

The irony of atheism is that an atheist tends to blame God for all the problems in the world, whilst believing that this same God does not exist. The truth is God is not at fault for all the problems in the world. Instead sin exists because of the fall of man and his own sinful nature. Man has been given freewill and instead of choosing to do good, he chooses to do evil which eventually leads to kinds of problems and trials not only for himself, but also for others.
Jeremiah 17:9 states how the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.

However God loves all atheists despite their reasons for not believing in Him. Jesus Christ died for all people – including atheists. God loves everyone and wants all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-6).
God is not far if an atheist repents and has a change of heart. God will not force Himself on them but will allow them to choose to love Him on their own.
It is God’s goodness that leads one to repentance. Repentance involves turning from unbelief, self-reliance to turning to belief in God and relying on Him.
Romans 5:8 says: But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The difference between one who experiences God’s love and one who doesn’t is in receiving the gift of God, which came through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18).

In conclusion, God’s greatest expression of His love for all mankind was through His Son Jesus Christ whom He sent to pay for the sins of mankind. Sin separates us from God, however God reconciled us to Himself when Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. In John 15:13 Jesus said this Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus Christ laid down His life for the entire world. He paid the debt of sin for every human being because He loves every person no matter how wicked that person has been in the past and no matter what bad situation you might be going through right now.
Our job is simply to freely receive the love of God and to believe in what Christ did for us on the cross and by faith we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour so that He may reign in our daily life.


Food for thought

Does God really love me?
How can I experience God’s Love?
Do I lead myself or Is God leading me?

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But 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 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What Do You Know About Jesus Christ?

[by Lantz Manomano] —

Matthew 16:13-17
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT JESUS CHRIST?
What one knows about Jesus Christ is very important and is what also determines how one goes through life here on earth. Victory and disappointment is redefined by the relationship and knowledge we have of Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ does not remove us from life challenges but we are strengthened and equipped to implement what we know during such times. Let’s get to know Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% Man
This is one of the most important fact of the bible which has caused so many religious divisions and has partly led to the creation so many false churches. Jesus is not a creation but He himself is a creator, and to bring this point to light we have to understand that angels and the human race are the creations of God and can’t create.

Understanding Christ is 100% God:

Creator: as we mentioned above Christ is not a creation. Man invents and God creates, the difference being that an invention comes from an idea of bringing together resources that are in existence in order to improve the standards of living whereas creation is bringing something to life from nothing.
John 1:1-5 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:2 says that Christ was in the beginning with God. Not only was He with God, but He was God. When it all started Christ was there and then verse 3 goes on to say all things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. Verse 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. He is the light of the world. Also read Colossians 1:16-17.

Foreknowledge: only God knows all things and Jesus Christ knows all things. John 13:11 says: For He knew who should betray him; therefore sad he ,Ye are not all clean.

Search the heart: the Bible says only God can search and know what’s in a human heart (Jeremiah 17:9-10). Jesus knew their thoughts and what was in their hearts (Matthew 9:4-5)

Forgive sins: only God can forgive sins Christ forgave sins. The scribes knew this and said among themselves that He is a blasphemous because they knew that only God forgives sins. So is it that Christ functioned outside God’s will or He is God.

Point to note: There is only one God who exists in 3 Persons. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one or united. They operate harmoniously. The Father glorifies the Son, the Son glorifies the Father and the Holy Spirit glorifies the Son as they execute the plan from the beginning. (Read: What Is The Trinity? Do Christians Worship 3 Gods?)

Understanding Christ is 100% Man:

• Christ was born: Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law
• Jesus got hungry Luke 4:2
• Jesus slept Luke 8:23
• Jesus had a natural growth Luke 2:40

It’s very important to understand Christ’s conception is miraculous which means He was not born of fleshly man otherwise he would also need saving. We also have to understand the reason why He had to leave His place at the throne to serve and save a people He created. These are just points to stir up our spirit so that we grow a hunger and thirst for the Word of God.

Why did Jesus come to die for us?

When sin corrupted mankind, death also came into existence because God surely said if you eat of this tree you will die, Genesis 2:17. This death was both physically and spiritually because we were then separated from God. We became enemies with God and no longer had peace with God. Let’s see some of the reasons why Jesus came:
1. To restore life in us and save us from eternal death (John 3:16). Also Ephesians2:1 which states that He quickened those who have believed on Him because we were dead in our trespasses.
2. Reconciliation: this is the amending of a broken relationship (2 Corinthians 5:18,19)
3. To adopt us as sons and to be able to come to the Father. (Romans 8:14,15 John 1:12)
4. There was an exchange where Jesus took our place of death as the wages of sin is death and we deserved to die, but Christ who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could receive His righteousness (Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
5. To restore the lost peace (Romans 5:1)
6. To give us access to His grace (Romans 5:2, Hebrews 4:16)
7. To take away the sin of the world (John 1:29, 1 John 2:2)
These are just a few reasons of why Christ came. It was all from a place of love. With the way we act one would think that Christ did not come or that He came but did not accomplish what He came to do, which brings us to our next question below.

Did Jesus complete His mission on earth?
This is an interesting question and it has different answers as people at times answer based on how they are feeling leaving out the Word of God. Christ completed his mission; He left no stone attended. Below are a few points of how we know Christ has completed his mission:
• He died for our sins and announced the completion, (John 19:30) It is finished.
• He rose from death (John 20:14-17)
• He is seated at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3)
• We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit which he promised us, John 16:7-16

If Jesus accomplished satisfying God’s wrath and being the ultimate sacrifice, what does it mean for us who have believed?

• We are saved from God’s wrath, (1 Thessalonians 5:9,10)
• We are forgiven and should also forgive (Colossians 3:13)
• Put off the old man and put on the new man after Christ, (Ephesians 4:22-32)
• We are new creations, (2 Corinthians 5:17)
• We are complete in Him, (Colossians 2:10)
• We are dead to sin, (Romans 6:1-10).
• We now set our affection for the things of above and not on the things on the earth, (Colossians 3:2)
• Our life is hid in Christ with God, (Colossians 3:3)
• Christ is our life, (Colossians 3:4)

These are just but a few snippets just to spark one’s desire to hunger and thirst for the word of God. To conclude here are some of the names Jesus Christ was known by:

1. The Son of Man, (Mathew 8:20; 9:6, John 5:27)
2. Son of David (Mathew 1:1, 12:23, 2 Timothy 2:8)
3. King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelations 17:14, 19:16)
4. A Corner-stone (Psalms 118:22, Mathew 21:42, Acts 4:11)
5. Morning Star (Numbers 24:17, 2 Peter 1:19)
6. Messiah (Matthew 11:3)
7. The Word (John 1:1, 14, 1 John 1:1, 5:7)
8. Master (Luke 5:5, 8:24)
9. The True Vine (John 15)
10. Prophet (Luke 7:16, John 4:19)

Jesus Christ is indeed Lord and there is no other name that can save under heaven (Acts 4:12) and also His name is above every other name and at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under earth, (Philippians 2:9-10). We can never know the Father’s heart if we don’t know about Christ because Him and the Father are One in nature and likeness and no one can come to the Father except through Christ.

Life Objectives
• To stir up a hunger and thirst for the Word of God
• To find out how much we know about Christ
• To assess whether we believe in Christ or not
• To discover whether Christ is active in our lives today

Life Questions
1. How much do you know about Jesus Christ?
2. Which name shall every knee bow to?
3. If Jesus’s name saves, it saves us from what?
4. Did Jesus complete the will of the Father?
5. According to the answer provided on question 4, how does it make you feel?

Why Is God A Jealous God?

In Exodus 20:5 God says “… I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”
So the question is: If jealousy is a sin, then why does God describe Himself as “a jealous God”?

The word jealous can be generally be described as the following:
1. Strongly wanting someone else’s position, advantages or possessions
2. To covet or be envious
3. Suspicious or unduly suspicious or fearful of being duplicated by a rival

The above definitions would be used to define or describe the sin of jealousy that is mentioned in such verses as James 3:14-16 or Galatians 5:20.

However, the kind of jealousy which God refers to in Exodus 20:5 is different from the sin of jealousy.
In context, God is speaking of the love, commitment and faithfulness that is expected in His relationship with mankind.
Just as in a marriage relationship between a husband and wife, there is the expectation that both spouses will be loving, committed and faithful to one another.
A husband who deeply loves and is faithful to his wife would expect the same reciprocal response from his own wife.
A good husband would not want to share his wife with other men. He would not desire his wife to flirt or be interested in other men because he loves his wife and because he values the marriage relationship that he has with his wife.
If a husband were to discover that his wife is flirting or having sex with another man, then the husband would be naturally jealous or protective over the relationship that he has with his wife.
The husband would do what he possibly can to prevent the violation of their relationship and he would jealously guard his wife and do what he can to protect his relationship where possible.

In the same context, God is like our husband who does not want to see mankind falling into the sin of idolatry or worshiping any false god. This is the context of why God describes Himself as jealous.
In Exodus 20:3-6, God gives the reason why He describes Himself as a “jealous God”.

Exodus 20:3-6
“You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me,”

There is only one true God and therefore it is God alone who should be worshiped and no one else.
God alone is the Creator of the universe and the Creator of all of mankind. Therefore when mankind directs his worship to other things or entities besides God, this becomes idolatry and is likened to a wife who cheats on her husband.
It is in this context that when God sees mankind worshiping false gods and participating in idolatry that He describes Himself as being “jealous”. It is because God desires that all of mankind be loving, committed and faithful to its relationship with the one true God.
In Ephesians 5:22-29, the Scriptures also describe the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Church as being that of a marriage between a husband and a wife with Christ as the groom and His Church as the bride.

 

HOW MUCH DOES GOD LOVE US?
God loves us so much that even when we are actively engaged in the sin of idolatry or the worship of false gods, He is ever ready to reconcile with us so that we may be faithful to Him alone (2 Peter 3:9).
Therefore even though we are not committed to God, the Lord remains committed to reconciling with us. 2 Timothy 2:13 says that “if we are faithless, He remains faithful”.
The Bible tells us that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus Christ on the cross to die for our sins so that we would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Therefore even though we are sinners and even though we fall short of God’s perfect standards (Romans 3:23), Jesus Christ came to pay the debt of sin that we cannot pay.

Romans 5:6-10 says: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But 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 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Does God Still Perform Miracles Today?

Does God still work miracles today in our modern age? For example, is there still evidence around the world that God does the supernatural work of healing the sick, healing the blind or even raising the dead like what happened in the Bible?
What we do know from the Bible itself is that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, whatever miracles He did in the past, He can certainly do them in the present and also in the future.
The nature of God is such that He cannot be put inside a box. God is not limited in His ability to do any miraculous work in the life of people. Therefore God can choose to work miraculously in anyone and at any time according to His divine sovereign will.

Therefore even in our present age, there is evidence of God working miraculously in the lives of people. God still heals; God still gives spiritual gifts to men and He is able to perform any miraculous sign that will ultimately serve His purpose and give glory to Him alone.

However, we must not be a generation that seeks only after miracles. The Jews were a people who would always seek a sign. Yet the irony is that even though God performed many signs and wonders for the Israelites, the Jews had unbelief in their heart towards God.

Numbers 14:11
Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?”

John 12:37
Though He had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in Him.

Therefore, signs and wonders do not guarantee a change of heart. Miracles do not always convert a person to genuinely follow after God.
Our genuine pursuit should be after God Himself and not after the miracles. We should seek a relationship with God rather than to seek after signs and wonders.

False Miracles By False Prophets
The Bible also warns us that even in our present age, there will be false prophets who will perform false miracles in order to deceive people.
Jesus says in Matthew 24:24-25: “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.”
It’s therefore important to realize that even the devil can perform spiritual or physical signs and wonders, but with the specific intention of deceiving people.
In the Book of Acts, people were deceived by Simon the Magician as they believed that he had the power of God but yet he performed signs and wonders through sorcery and magic (Acts 8:9-11).
It is therefore important to spiritually discern whether the miracles that are performed in our present day are really from God or not.
Whilst God may still work miracles today, we must note that the devil has his own people who like Pharaoh’s magicians, are able to imitate and create signs and wonders in order to lead people astray (Exodus 7:20-23).

What Is The Greatest Miracle?
The greatest miracle is that of salvation through Jesus Christ. Conversion to Christ is such a miracle that Jesus Himself said that there is joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7).
The conversion of a soul to Christ is more important to God than any miracle He has ever performed because it is the very reason why Jesus came to be crucified on earth (John 3:16).
Christ was crucified so that man may experience the miracle of being spiritually brought from death to life (Ephesians 2:1-9). Christ was crucified so that we may become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In John 5:24, Jesus says: “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
The greatest miracle is to have the Holy Spirit residing in us and having Him work through us for the glory of Jesus Christ.

If you have never received the miracle of salvation, you can do so today. Jesus said that we must be born again if we are to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). So in order to be saved, we must become a follower of Jesus Christ through placing our total faith and trust in Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
It is only Jesus Christ who can save us and eternally reconcile us with God.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But 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 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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If God Exists Why Does He Allow Evil & Suffering?

Many skeptics and atheists have asked some of these questions: If God exists, why doesn’t God stop innocent people from getting senselessly shot and killed by a crazy gunman; Why would God do nothing as a young child is raped and abused; Why would God watch people die from starvation every day or why doesn’t God stop a hurricane from destroying people’s homes and lives?
In other words – if God exists, and if God is loving, then why does He allow evil and suffering?

In order to understand the issue of evil and suffering and why they exist, we need to have an understanding of the following:

1. The Nature of Mankind
Mankind is sinful or imperfect. We are capable of doing evil things to each other because of the sinful condition of our heart. We are not only capable of harming others – but our own sinful actions can bring harm to ourselves or our own lives.

In Jeremiah 17:9, God says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”

2 Timothy 3:1-4 says: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

Therefore, Scripture is clear that mankind contributes to the evil and suffering that is in the world because the condition of our own hearts are sinful.
For example, whenever we hear that someone cheated on his wife; or that somebody is abusing others; or when we lie and deceive one another – it is important to understand that these actions and many others such as those mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-4, contribute to the suffering of others and to the evil that is in the world.
It is the nature of cause and effect. Our actions affect others directly or indirectly.

God has also given mankind freewill. Therefore man is not a machine – but instead man has the ability to make his own choices and decisions. This means that man has the freewill to make good choices and bad choices. God says “See, I set before you today life and good, death and evil…” (Deuteronomy 30:15-19).
Adam and Eve were given a choice in the Garden of Eden to either obey God or disobey Him. Eventually they decided to disobey God and as a result, a once perfect world became imperfect and full of evil because of the entrance of sin in the life of man and on the earth (Genesis 3:1-24).
Therefore mankind must accept responsibility and accountability for evil existing in the world. There is no human being in the world who can claim that he/she has never sinned or done anything bad.
Romans 3:10 says that “none is righteous, no, not one”.

 

2. God Can Use Evil To Fulfill His Plan & Purpose
In Genesis there is the story of a young man by the name of Joseph whose older brothers were so jealous of him that they planned to murder Joseph (Genesis 37:18). Later instead of killing Joseph, the brothers decided to throw Joseph in a pit and then they sold him as a slave to the Ishmaelites who then took him to Egypt to live as a slave (Genesis 37:26-28). In Egypt Joseph is falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife and he’s thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
These bad circumstances in Joseph’s life depict and reflect some of the most unfair and terrible things that can happen to a person in life. One could say that Joseph did not deserve the evil and injustice that happened to him at the hands of his own family and in Egypt.
However the reality is that God is able to use all situations – whether good or evil to fulfill His own plan and purposes. Joseph himself came to this realization in the midst of his sufferings.
We learn that because of his trials Joseph grew spiritually and God used Joseph’s experiences to prepare him and mold him into the type of man that God wanted him to be. Even through his circumstances, the Bible depicts that God was with Joseph.
Joseph eventually meets his brothers who once tried to kill him at a time when his brothers were in great need of assistance. Joseph says to his brothers who had once tried to kill him by saying “… You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:19-20).

Many people who have gone through bad experiences or traumatic circumstances are often some of the most equipped people to help, empathize or counsel others to overcome the same issues.

Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

God works ALL things together for GOOD. This means that God works BOTH good and bad situations for GOOD and for His own purposes.

 

3. God is Patient to Sinners
God is so loving that He is patient even to evil people. God is so loving that He is willing to give even the wicked a chance to repent and accepted Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:9 says: The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

The truth is, we are all sinners who are not deserving of Heaven. However, God is gracious, loving and patient towards us.
Therefore if it appears as if God is delaying justice; or if it appears as if God is not dealing with the problem of evil – it’s because God is also exercising patience towards those who are not born again Christians. God is still working to bring many people to repentance and to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The apostle Paul is an example of a man who did wicked things before his conversion. Paul killed many Christians until he was converted by Jesus Christ. Therefore Christ showed patience, love and grace towards Paul who had once killed Christians (Acts 9:1-19).

 

4. God Is Sovereign and In Total Control
Even though evil exists and even though there appears to be so much confusion in the world – God is fully and always in control.
There is nothing that can surprise God and there is nothing that God cannot handle.
In Isaiah 46:9-10, God says that He declares the end from the beginning and that He shall accomplish all that He plans and purposes.
With our finite minds it is difficult to understand or grasp why God allows specific evil events to occur – such as the murder of innocent people or the abuse of a child.
When we read the book of Job in the Bible – Job suffered many pains and losses – yet in the end, God does not explain to Job the reasons why He allowed Job to suffer.
All we should know and trust as finite human beings is that God is sovereign and in control. He is able to use all situations for His plans and purposes. We must also know that eventually God will indeed rid the world of all evil.

 

What is the Trinity? Do Christians Worship 3 Gods?

What is the Trinity? Do Christians actually worship 3 Gods instead of one God?
This is a topic that can be difficult to fully grasp because God Himself is so extraordinary and supernatural that He cannot be fully understood with our limited and natural understanding.

However, many skeptics of Christianity would argue that the trinity is a contradiction because Christians claim to believe in ONE God whilst on the other hand claiming that the Father is God; the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God.

So the question is this: If Christians believe in the Trinity, then do Christians believe & worship 3 Gods instead of one? Also, is the Trinity therefore a contradiction to the belief that there is only ONE God?

The quick answer to this type of question is this: NO! Christians do not worship 3 Gods but Christians worship and believe in ONE God who exists in 3 distinct persons. These 3 distinct persons are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A simple illustration would be a triangle. A triangle has 3 sides which make up one single shape. Therefore we all understand that a triangle would not become a triangle without the 3 sides.

And so, God is a trinity of persons. Christians believe in ONE God revealed in 3 Persons. The Bible also teaches that even though the Father is God and Jesus is God and the Holy Spirit is God – this does not mean that there are 3 Gods.
When it comes to the Trinity we should not think of it as 1+1+1=3.
But the correct way to view the Trinity is as 1x1x1=1.

Therefore all 3 Persons in the Trinity are distinct but equal. All 3 Person in the Trinity share similar attributes but yet they are ONE God.

It’s important to note that with our finite and limited mind and understanding, it can be difficult to fully comprehend or even illustrate the Trinity or the nature of God.
However, we must believe what the Bible says and what the Bible teaches in relation to the Godhead.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness …”

The Hebrew word for “God” such as the one used in Genesis 1:26 is {Elohim}.
Elohim is a noun which refers to God in the plural. The word Elohim appears in the Bible more than 2000 times. Therefore Elohim allows for the Trinity.
In Genesis 1:26 God is speaking of Himself in the plural form denoting that God is made up of more than one person.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!

Again Genesis 1:1 and Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim. Therefore the scripture is denoting God as consisting as more than one Person. Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as Elohim and that Elohim is united or is one.

There are many scriptures that reflect the triune nature of God.
For example, Jesus was in the beginning with God according to John 1:1 and not only was Jesus with God but He was God. All creation was made through Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).
The Holy Spirit is also listed with the Father and Son as “the name” believers are to be baptized into according to Matthew 28:19-20 and Peter referred to the Holy Spirit as God in Acts 5:3-4.
The teaching of a Triune God is unique to Christianity and affirms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons.

So are there 3 Gods? NO!
There is only ONE God who exists eternally in 3 Persons – that is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Why Does God Allow Evil?

  

We’ve all witnessed and experienced evil in its various forms. There is no shortage of wickedness in the world. People experience pain; people experience abuse; people experience injustice and all kinds of wrongdoing.
When bad things happen we all at some point ask the most obvious question: WHY!?!

WHY does God allow bad things to happen? Why does God allow evil? Why does it seem as if evil is winning the battle?
Even the atheist or agnostic person will ask the above questions. If God exists, why evil?

 

IF GOD EXISTS WHY DOES HE ALLOW EVIL?
It’s important to note that God is always good. God never created evil. God is not the author of evil but God does allow evil for these 3 basic reasons:

1. We Live in a Fallen World
God originally created a perfect world. The world that God created was without evil; He created a world without pain; He created a world without suffering. The Bible says that God saw that all that He made was good (Genesis 1:31). Therefore the world was perfectly made.
However the status of the perfection ended because of the sin of Adam & Eve who chose to disobey God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24). It’s from that time – because of sin – that the world was affected to the point that we experience pain, suffering, evil and even death. We are all sinners because we fall short of God’s standard of righteousness (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23).
Now someone might ask – Why did God allow Adam & Eve to sin? Why didn’t God prevent Adam & Eve from disobeying Him?
These questions bring us to the second reason why God allows evil – FREEWILL.

2. We All Have Freewill
It’s not in our human nature to be controlled like robots or machines. When God created us, He created us with the ability to make our own decisions. We all have the ability to make good decisions and we have the ability to make bad decisions.
Freewill is the ability to make your own choices.
The important thing to note is that God does not interfere with our freewill. God of course persuades us to always make the right choices but God does not force us into making a particular choice. God allows us to use our freewill.
In Deuteronomy 30:15-19 God tells us that we have the freewill to make our own choices but He does urge us to make the right choices.
Therefore when evil happens – when bad things happen – it’s because people make bad & evil choices.
When we have a society or culture where people cheat, murder, lie or are selfish, there are consequences to such behavior. Therefore people abuse their freewill and make evil choices.

3. God Can Use Evil To Fulfill His Plan & Purpose
The story of Joseph is an example of God using evil to fulfill His own divine purpose and plan. Joseph experienced injustice and evil and rejection by members of his own family. Yet because of his trials Joseph grew spiritually and God used Joseph’s experiences to mold him into the type of man that God wanted him to be.
Joseph eventually says to his brothers who had once tried to kill him by saying “… You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:19-20).

 

GOD IS IN CONTROL
So even though God allows evil, let us remember that God is in total control of every situation. There is nothing that happens in our lives or in the world that God is not aware of. Nothing surprises God no matter how bad.
Also it’s important to note that even though evil exists – evil itself is temporary. God will one day put an end to every form of evil and wickedness.

 

 

Do Christians Serve An Angry God?

Does God get angry? Why would God become angry? Who or what angers God? Do Christians serve a harsh and angry God?
There are people who believe that God is an angry God and these people are of the opinion that if God is so loving – then why would He get angry? These people also believe if God has unconditional love, then He shouldn’t respond in anger and also that He shouldn’t discipline or punish people.

To understand the nature of God we need to understand His character in context of the scriptures. We also need to keep in mind that God’s nature is not one dimensional just as our nature as humans is also not one dimensional. We were made in the image of God and therefore this means there are certain communicable attributes that are in God that are also in humans. Examples of God’s communicable attributes which are found also in humans are, the ability to love, to empathize, to feel, as well as human characteristics such as patience, mercy, humility, desire for justice and so forth.
Anger is also a communicable characteristic that both God and humans express for various reasons.

 

Does God Get Angry?
The Bible clearly demonstrates that God indeed does get angry. There are over 20 verses throughout the scriptures that speak of God getting angry.
When we categorically and contextually study the scriptures relating to God’s anger, we will discover that God does not get angry just for the sake of it. We will also discover that God is not a brooding and constantly angry God.
The Bible clearly demonstrates that God is not short-tempered but God is SLOW to anger (Exodus 34:6; Psalms 103:8; Nahum 1:3).

 

Why Would God Become Angry? Who or What Angers God?
Why do people become angry? Some people get angry when they experience injustice. Some people get angry when they see others suffer. Some people get angry when they experience hatred and bigotry.
There are 2 types of anger: Righteous Anger and Unrighteous Anger and God always models righteous anger.
Why does God get angry? What angers God?
Romans 2:5 says “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”
God is righteously angry at a world that rebels and wants to live a life apart from Him.
God is righteously angry at a world that would choose to worship false gods instead of Him – the one true God.
God is righteously angry at the sins that have infected individual hearts of people and that people would rather choose to live in sin & darkness than to be set free in Christ (John 3:18-21).

 

God Is Also Gracious, Loving & Forgiving
Despite the fact that sin angers God – the Bible also teaches us that God is loving & gracious towards us and that Jesus Christ took upon Himself God’s wrath in our place when He was crucified on the cross for our sins.
Therefore Jesus Christ paid for our sins so that we would not have to experience the wrath of God because of the sin nature (John 3:16-17).
Our only choice is to simply genuinely believe and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and become children of God (John 1:12).
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. As mankind we all deserve hell because none is righteous and good before a holy and just God (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23).
However through the love and grace of God, we have been given the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Our salvation is by grace and not of our own effort (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Therefore through Jesus Christ we can experience the eternal forgiveness of God when we become born again Christians through accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour.
When we become born again, God is no longer angry with us because Christ took our punishment and fully paid for all our sins on the cross.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But 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 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God? Did Jesus claim to be God? Different people and different religious groups have differing opinions regarding the deity of Jesus Christ.
The Christian viewpoint is that Jesus Christ is God. Throughout the Bible there are many verses about Jesus that refer to Him as being God and having God’s full attributes.

 

Jesus & The Father are ONE
John 10:30-33
30 “I and My Father are one.”
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

We can learn from John 10:30-33 that Jesus indeed claimed to be God. When Jesus said that He and the Father are one He was saying that He and the Father are of one nature and have the same attributes. The Jews clearly understood what He meant when Jesus said that He is one with the Father. This is why they responded in an attempt to stone Him and accusing Him of blasphemy they said “… You, being a Man, make Yourself God”.
The Jews knew that Jesus was saying that He is God.

 

Jesus is I AM
John 8:58
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

When Jesus said these statements in John 8:58, the Jews responded again by attempting to stone Him. Again, the Jews knew exactly what Jesus was saying; Jesus was saying that He was God. He was saying that He has always and eternally existed just as God is self-existing and eternal. Jesus was equating His declaration of being I AM with what God told Moses in Exodus 3:14 and the Jews understood His statement but they refused to accept it.

 

Jesus is God who became flesh
John 1:1-2, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1,2 & 14 also explains the deity of Jesus; that Jesus Christ who is the Word was God who became flesh and dwelt among us.
1 Timothy 3:16 also says the following: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

 

Jesus is Worshipped as God
John 20:28
And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus did not refuse worship and He did not rebuke anyone for worshipping Him. Jesus accepted worship while at the same time teaching people to only worship God.
Below are some Bible verses where Jesus was worshiped:
Matthew 14:33; Luke 24:52; John 9:35-38; Matthew 28:9,17; Matthew 2:11

Is Jesus God? Yes He is.

 

JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SINS
Jesus Christ is God who became flesh and dwelt among us. He not only dwelt among us but He came to die and be crucified for the sins of mankind. Jesus Christ came to pay a debt that we could not pay. He paid for our sins.
This debt could not be paid by a flawed created being because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
This debt had to be paid by an eternal infinite being. No angel could pay for our sins; no man could pay for our sins; no animal could pay for our sins eternally. This is why God Himself became a man, then fulfilled the law and paid the price on our behalf so that whoever accepts Jesus Christ as Lord will become born again and have eternal life. Jesus Christ was without sin and He was qualified to pay for our sins.

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF YOU WERE TO DIE – WOULD YOU GO TO HEAVEN OR HELL? HAVE YOU ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD & SAVIOUR?

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But 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 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Whose God is the One True God?

We live in a world where there are many religions, many cultures, and many gods that are worshipped.
It is believed that more than 300 million gods are worshipped around the world.
The question however is: Whose god is the one true god and is there more than one god?

Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God

Psalms 86:8 NKJV
Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.

From the Bible verses mentioned above, we learn that there is only one God and that among the “gods” there is none like the one true God.
So whose god is the one true God? The Bible says that the one true God is the Creator of the entire universe (Isaiah 42:5). The one true God is self-existent (Exodus 3:14) and there is no other like Him.
Therefore any other god who is not the one true God of the Bible is a false god that has been created either by deceived men or by evil spirits.

The question then is: How is the one true God different from the false gods?

 

WHO IS THE ONE TRUE GOD?

According to the Bible the one true God differs from false gods in the following ways:

1. God’s Attributes Are Different From the False Gods
Unlike the false gods of other religions the one true God of the Bible has attributes that make Him stand out against the false gods. Among other things, God is eternal (Psalm 90:2); God is self-existent (Exodus 3:14), God is all powerful (Job 11:7-11); God is omni-present (Psalm 139:7); God is omniscient (Isaiah 40:13,14); God cannot change (Hebrews 13:8); God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19); God is good (Psalm 145:9); God is love (1 John 4:8); God is gracious (Ephesians 2:8,9); God is life and the sustainer of life (John 1:3,4).

2. God is Triune
The Bible describes the one true God as being 3 divine persons who are one and share the same essence and nature in one God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three in one. Matthew 3:16,17 shows the Trinity together and in Matthew 28:19,20 Christians are commanded to make disciples and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

3. God is Personal & Seeks a Personal Relationship with Mankind
The one true God seeks a personal relationship with mankind. God created people in His own image (Genesis 1:27). The animals were not created in God’s image therefore only people have the unique ability to fellowship with God.
The one true God wants to be known by His creation. He wants people to know Him intimately. The one true God reveals Himself through His word, the Bible and He has also revealed Himself through Jesus Christ.
In Jeremiah 33:3 God says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”.
In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”.
In Revelation 3:20-21 Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”.

4. God Seeks to Save Mankind By His Grace
People who worship false gods tend to believe that salvation is by personal works or behavioral merit. Through the worship of false gods salvation is dependent on one’s personal deeds and on how “good” a person has been in his life.
However, salvation through the one true God is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). There is only one way to Heaven – that way is Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Through the one true God salvation is a gift; it is not a reward (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23).
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Salvation is a gift we don’t deserve. However, because of the love of the one true God, we have eternal life through His begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

5. God Became A Man / Flesh To Pay For The Sins of Mankind
John 1:1-14 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
1 Timothy 3:16 says: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

There is no false god who cares or loves his own creation enough to save them from eternal punishment. There is no false god who offers salvation as a free gift. There is no false god who shows the kind of grace that is offered by the one true God.
The Bible tells us that the one true God became flesh in order to die on the cross for the sins of man. Man is a sinner by nature (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is death or eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). The Word, Jesus Christ became came that we may have eternal life and escape eternal hell (John 10:10).

 

Which God Will You Choose?
1 Kings 18:21 NKJV
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

Even though many people follow many gods – there is only ONE TRUE GOD.
He has revealed Himself in the Bible; He has reveals Himself to His followers and Jesus Christ is the exact representation of who God is.

The worship of false gods is idolatry and it ultimately leads to eternal separation from God. Luke 4:8 says: And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’
We are to only worship and serve the one true God alone. Any other gods are false gods.
Mankind therefore has a choice. The one true God does not force people to worship Him. He has given people the free will to choose Him. However, there are consequences to making the wrong choice.
Choosing the one true God means choosing eternal life – but choosing false gods means eternal suffering (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15).

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But 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 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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