If we believe that there is a God and that He loves us, then it only makes sense that He would want a meaningful relationship with us, which He does. The Bible tells us that He loves us, and a genuine understanding of Him will generate a response in us to love Him in return (I John 4:19 – We love Him, because He first loved us.) So God tells us in His Word, the Bible, who He is and how we can learn to know Him, so well that that we would choose to love Him with all our hearts.
Here are four characteristics of God which tell us Who He is:
First, God is so holy that He said that He is “of purer eyes than to behold evil (Habakkuk 1:13).” While God knows all, good and evil, He cannot gaze with acceptance on any of our sins. Since we have all sinned “and come short of the glory of God (Rom.3:23)”, then we all fall short of being good enough to be with Him in Heaven.
Secondly, God tells us that He is the just judge of all the earth, so He judges everybody by the same standard. Speaking of us all, He says that the consequences (wages) of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), which is eternal separation from God. Since all of us are guilty of sin, then that is the penalty all of us face.
Thirdly, God loves us so He could not simply watch men die and be apart from Him for all eternity. So He provided a way to wash away our sins, to get close to Him, and to qualify us to be with Him in Heaven. He tells us this: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” The only way you can ever be in hell is to ignore the magnificence of His love that sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place. In fact, God says that He made Him to be sin for you that you might be made righteous (II Corinthians 5:21). In other words, He took the just punishment for your sins upon Himself, so He could offer to you His righteousness.
Fourthly, He says that He is so gracious that He offers this righteousness to you as a gift, not by your good living (Ephesians 2:8-9). He says that the way to have your sins exchanged for His righteousness and become His child is to receive Jesus for all that He is (John 1:12). The resurrection of Jesus Christ proved His claim to be God as truth, and stands as a promise that He has the power to raise us from the dead, if we will trust Him alone for this salvation (I Corinthians 15). This is a life changing decision that sees Him in an entirely different light, and recognizes that what He has to offer is of far greater value than our sins could ever provide.
Would you accept the fact that Jesus is the living God Who loves you enough to suffer in your place, so that He can enjoy a relationship with you forever? That’s what He wants to do for you, but He allows you to decide for yourself what you will do with His gift. You can either ignore it or receive it by choosing to trust (Rely exclusively on…) Him alone for your salvation, then you will become His child, forever (John 1:12).
If you have not yet made that decision, please look up these verses and make up your mind to believe on Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. In John 6:47, He promises you this: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. Would you simply pray and tell the Lord that you choose to believe on Jesus as your Savior, resting on His promise to give you everlasting life? Then be sure to tell a Christian you know, of the decision you have made, and attend a Bible Believing church that will help you to know Him even more, so you will have the growing confidence of a truly meaningful relationship with your God.
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