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How Can You

Know God Yourself?

Are you wondering why we do what we do? Interested in how how you can know God for yourself?

What Do Christians Believe?

We believe that Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are made right with God.

But what is sin?

Who is Jesus?

Why did Jesus have to die?

Why does any of this even matter?

Read below and we’ll unpack those questions and get to the foundational message of the Bible and what Christians believe.

1.) God Loves You And Wants To Be With You

When God created you, he created you with 100% free will. God could have created you to be a robot and to only do what he desires. BUT because he loves you, he gave you free will to make your own decisions. You can choose to love God in return, or you have the choice to ignore him. Regardless of your decision, God loves you so much that he decided to give you that choice.

God knows that the only way to have a genuine relationship with you is to give you the freedom to choose to love him back.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. Galatians 5:13

2.) Our Sin Seperates Us From God

God gave us the 10 Commandments as a moral law:

  1. You shall have no other Gods but me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
  4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
  5. Respect your father and mother.
  6. You must not commit murder.
  7. You must not commit adultery.
  8. You must not steal.
  9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbour.
  10. You must not be envious of your neighbour’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour.

James 4:17 defines sin as ‘knowing what you ought to do, and then not doing it.’ The book of James further goes on to say, “the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.”

If I were to ask you, “Are you a good person?” how would you respond? Regardless of the good things you’ve done in your life, God (and any judge in a court of law) judges you based on the laws you’ve broken. So the only way you can say you are a good person is if you have kept all of God’s law 100% of your life.

When you go down the list of commandments and are honest with yourself, you’ll see that you have broken God’s law. You are not alone! We all have!

The point is: you have sinned and will be judged based on God’s law that you’ve broken.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23

3.) The Punishment For Your Sin Is Death

So far we have established that God proved his love to us by giving us free will. With our free will, we had the option to follow God’s law or disobey God’s law. It is called sin when we disobey God’s law, and 100% of us are guilty. Regardless of all the good you’ve done, you are being judged on the law(s) you have broken.

This is where things go from bad to worse: the punishment for the sin you have committed is death! 

This death we are referring to is eternal separation from God in Hell when you die. It can be considered as an ultimate/final death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

4.) Jesus Paid The Price For Your Sin

Imagine you are in court and the judge has just given you the final verdict: Guilty!

Your punishment: Death!

You scramble with your words and say, “Wait! I didn’t even know I was breaking the law!” The judge quickly responds back with, “your lack of knowledge of the law does not excuse you from breaking it. It’s your responsibility to know what the law is.”

You scream out, “But I’ve done so much good in the world!”, and the judge sternly replies back with “I am sure you have done good in the world! I am not judging you on the good you have done. I am judging you on the law that you have broken.”

Out of desperation, you beg, “Please… I am so sorry for breaking the law!” The judge seems moved, but replies, “As a judge, it is my duty to ensure that justice is served. Being sorry does not take away what you have done.”

With the judge’s last words ringing in your ears, the authorities cuff your hands and start to walk you down death row and you realize you have no hope to get out of this yourself.

But then you hear the judge yell out, “Wait!” as he takes off his robes and puts down his gavel. The judge who just gave you the death penalty for breaking the law walks over to you sobbing and says, “I WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR YOUR SIN!”.

This analogy above is essentially what has happened!

You broke God’s law.

The punishment for that sin is death.

The good news is that Jesus lived the perfect sinless life, and still died to pay the price for you!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

“God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.” Romans 3:25

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:6-8

“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Corinthians 15:56-57

5.) Put Your Faith In Jesus To Receive Salvation

When you stop putting your faith in your good works and realize they will never be enough – BUT INSTEAD PUT YOUR FAITH SOLELY IN JESUS, you can rest in the assurance that Jesus’ blood from his death removed the sin from your life and now your salvation is secured.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” Romans 3:22

Hebrews 8:12 says that God will “never again remember our sin” once you put your faith in Jesus. When Jesus paid the price for your sin, it was 2000+ years ago. Therefore, Jesus has already paid the price for your sin in the past, present, and future. So does that mean that we can do anything we want now and God doesn’t remember our sin? Now you are starting to get it! However, the question shouldn’t be, CAN you do whatever you want, but SHOULD you? Jesus paid the ultimate price to set you free from slavery to sin. So why would you willingly enslave yourself again when God has something SO much better for you? 1st Corinthians 6:12 sums this up nicely: “All things are permitted for me, but not all things are of benefit. All things are permitted for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”

Only God knows your heart and if you have truly put your faith in Jesus. When someone gives you the gift of all gifts and you accept it wholeheartedly, would you respond by doing harm to them? No. In a similar fashion, the response you have when you truly put your faith in Jesus isn’t, “now I have a free pass to do anything I want”… The response of a true believer is a resounding, “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!”

6.) Jesus Rose From The Grave And Lives Today!

There is so much more to this amazing news! Jesus not only died in your place, but he also rose from the grave and still lives today! When you put your faith in Jesus, you’re not only securing your eternal salvation, you’re also entering into a relationship with God here and now. The Bible says that once you put your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit actually dwells within you. That means that God himself is living inside of you, giving you full access to himself. In fact, there is a whole list of amazing things that happen once we put our faith in Jesus:

  • Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12)
  • We have received salvation (2nd Corinthians 6:2)
  • Our salvation is secured (1st John 5:13)
  • We are freed from the power of sin (Romans 8:2)
  • God now declares us righteous (Romans 5:1)
  • We are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
  • Our names are written in the Lambs Book of Life (Revelation 21:27)
  • We become co-heirs with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
  • We become royalty (1st Peter 2:9)
  • We are adopted (Ephesians 1:5)
  • We have the ability to bear spiritual fruit (Colossians 1:10)
  • We have access to God’s wisdom (James 1:5)
  • We receive an inheritance (1st Peter 1:4)
  • We become a new creation (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
  • We become friends with God (John 15:15)
  • We become God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10)
  • We get citizenship in Heaven (2nd Timothy 1:7)
  • We become more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)
  • We are called, justified, and glorified (Romans 8:30)
  • We are released from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
  • We are born again (1st Peter 1:3)
  • We are inseparable from God’s love (Romans 8:38)
  • We are given spiritual gifts (1st Corinthians 12)
  • We receive the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1)
  • We are unified as a body of believers (1st Corinthians 12:12)
  • We are called Saints (1st Corinthians 1:2)
  • We are ambassadors for Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:20)
  • We are one spirit with God (1st Corinthians 6:17)
  • We are qualified by God (2nd Corinthians 3:5)
  • We are enabled as ministers (2nd Corinthians 3:6)

So why are we missionaries?

We share this amazing news of God’s love for us out of a desire for others to know and experience the freedom God has bestowed upon us. Before we put our faith in Jesus, we were slaves to sin and could never escape it. But now that Jesus has removed our sin, we can truly live in full freedom, and we can live in a relationship with God.

“Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:7

If you have any questions, please reach out to us! We would love to help you better understand God’s love for you and how you can come to know God through a personal relationship.