Help for the Lost who Know it and Need it

JESUS IS GOD: Jesus is God, as throughout the Bible, but more clearly said in John 5:18. He is part of the Trinity (a name for God, who is actually 3 persons). John 5:18 says that he is the one and only son of God, and also that he is God. John 10:10 says that he has come to give life, and only God can give life.

Even people who don’t follow God say that Jesus was a good man. Well, if he was a good man, he must not be a liar. And if he is not a lier, then his claim that Jesus was God would be true. You can also see that Jesus is God because God’s plan was to redeem us. Then he elevated Jesus to the throne while still retaining his own power, thus making Jesus equal with him.

THE TRINITY: The clearest view of the Trinity exists in Matthew 3:16-17 (the same story is also in Mark 1:10-11 and Luke 3:21-22). Here you see the Holy Spirit descending from heaven onto Jesus like a dove, the Father speaking from heaven, and Jesus coming up from the water. God is three persons. You can tell by God’s ability to switch from singular to plural while talking about himself. (See Genesis 1.)

Read Genesis 1-3. It tells us of how God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Repeatedly, it recounts how good it was in the beginning (Genesis 1:4, Genesis 1:10, Genesis 1:12, Genesis 1:18, Genesis 1:21, Genesis 1:25, and Genesis 1:31). Then, it tells of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2). Finally, it tells us the sad story of our separation from God (Genesis 3).

THE CREATION: God created every thing we have today that has not been altered (John 1:3). First, God created light (Genesis 1:3-5). Then He created the sky (Genesis 1:6-8), followed by the creation of land, trees and plants (Genesis 1:9-13). Next, He created the sun, moon, and stars to give light and to set the months, days and years (Genesis 1:14-19).

On the fifth day, God created the sea creatures and birds (Genesis 1:20-23), followed by land animals and people on the sixth day (Genesis 1:24-30, Genesis 2:7, and Genesis 2:21-22). The creation of people was unique, however. God formed Adam, the man, from dirt (Genesis 2:7) and breathed into his nostrils. Then God put Adam into a deep sleep (Genesis 2:21) and took part of the man’s side and made a woman out of it.

THE LIFE IN THE GARDEN: From Genesis 3:8, we can guess that God had a walk in the garden every evening, probably with the people he had created, as we can guess from Genesis 3:9. We also know that Adam had named the animals (Genesis 2:19-20). We are also told that everything was very good (Genesis 1:31).

The man and woman ruled over the animals (Genesis 1:26), and, because there is no reference to Eve being surprised when the snake started talking to her (Genesis 3:1), it is probable that it was not uncommon for animals to talk to them. God told them not to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:16-17).

THE SAD STORY OF OUR SEPARATION FROM GOD: Satan, in the form of a snake (Genesis 3:1), came and tempted the woman to eat some of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 3:1-5). He claimed that God was a liar (Genesis 3:4). He also claimed that she could be like God if she ate the fruit (Genesis 3:5). While all this went on, Adam stood by, watching, but not doing anything (Genesis 3:6).

Finally, the woman gave in to the temptation, ate some fruit, and offered some to Adam (Genesis 3:6). Adam took it and ate it (Genesis 3:6). What do you think? Were they guilty? Did God not tell them clearly to not eat from the fruit of that tree (Genesis 2:16-17)? Well, they were guilty, and the woman and the man knew it.

So, they wove fig leaves together to try to make clothing, and hid from God, who was walking through the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:7-8). The could not hide themselves, though, and God found them (Genesis 3:9). He punished them by sending out of the garden (Genesis 3:23), and they would have to work very hard now (Genesis 3:16-19). But God did help them by giving them clothes made from leather so they wouldn’t have to wear leaves.

From Genesis 4:1, we can guess that God also helped Eve give birth (they wouldn’t know how to if He didn’t). We need Jesus because we sinned and therefore are separated from God. It’s like this: Imagine you’re a king or queen. You have control of the whole world. Your subjects choose to disobey you so you send them out of your palace. But you still love them. So you make a way for them to come back to you. First, you send out your son as a messenger. He tells everyone how to get to your palace.

Then he dies for the people so they can come to you because he loves them so much, therefore paying the ransom. But then he rises again, having paid the ransom, so he can now train people to continue telling others how to get to your palace. Then he returns to you, and, because you are so glad that he paid the ransom for your subjects, you have him rule with you. It’s the same with our story. God’s son came to pay the ransom for us because we were separated from him. He wants us to come back.

But we have to accept God’s invitation.

 

{Romans 10:6} But the righteousness which is of faith speaks this: say not in your heart, “Who will go up into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down from above), {10:7} or, “Who shall descend into the depths of the earth?” (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) {10:8} But what does it say? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart; that is, the word of faith, which we preach: {10:9} That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. {10:10} For with the heart we believe unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made, unto salvation. {10:11} For the scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him shall not be ashamed. ”

Study: Accepting Jesus is simple. Confess your sins to him and ask for forgiveness. Believe that Jesus is Lord, for if Jesus is not your Lord, why accept him? Believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, for what good is a dead Lord? It’s as simple as doing your ABC’s.

Accept that Jesus is Lord

Believe that he died for your sins and was raised from the dead

Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness

Do tell others about your new life

Evil is crouching at your door. Do well to avoid it

Follow Jesus. It’s not a one-time commitment, forever-lasting. It’s a day-to-day commitment to spend your time with him.

Go into all the world and preach the good news. Perhaps God has work for you to do overseas.

Help others with what you have. Even if all is taken from you, God’s love for you is not taken away. You can still share that.

If someone doesn’t want to listen, move on. We are to share the good news with as many as we can.

Jesus can forgive you, no matter what you’ve done wrong. Ask him daily for forgiveness for your sins.

A-C is about accepting Jesus. D-J is what you do after you’ve made your commitment. It’s not that hard. But, you will receive persecution, whether verbal or physical, if you truly follow Jesus.

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