1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally. He desires that you have a full life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
2. Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Man was created to have fellowship with God. However, because of his own stubborn self-will and rebellion, he chose to go his own way. Because of this, fellowship with God was broken. This rebellion and attitude is what the Bible calls sin.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.”
(II Thessalonians 1:8-9)
3. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him alone, we can know God’s personally and experience His love.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
God bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as our Savior; then we can know God personally and experience His love.
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”
We receive Christ through a personal invitation.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Receiving Christ means turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Jesus to come into our lives, knowing He will forgive us of our sins.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
(I John 1:9)
We receive Christ, by faith, as an act of our will.
5. You can receive Christ right now by praying this prayer (prayer is simply talking to God):
“Father, I know that I am a sinner and I ask you to forgive me. I believe Christ died for me and I want to turn from my sins. Jesus, come into my heart and be my personal Lord and Savior. I promise to obey you and follow you all the days of my life.”
If you repeated that prayer in sincerity, then the Bible says you are a new creation:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(II Corinthians 5:17)
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