Jesus came to earth to reveal God to us. You see, if God did not reveal Himself to us then we would be left to figure out the truth about Him on our own. The problem with that is two-fold. First, in order to be God, He must be a Higher Being and Loftier Intelligence than the inferior creation could possibly discern. Consequently, man would be too limited to discover much about such a Supreme Being. In addition, our sin has colored our thinking and we find that man is prone to error in every area.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. ~ John 1:18
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; ~ Hebrews 1:1-3
Jesus reveals God to us. And Jesus, the Living Word of God, is revealed through the Bible, the written Word of God.
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,)… ~ Hebrews 10:7
And, what’s more, the Bible is trustworthy!
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: ~ 2 Timothy 3:16
Jesus came to bring God to us and to bring us to God. From the beginning of the world, God had a plan to provide salvation for man. The Gospel is God’s Good News that we can know God and the life He gives.
According to 1 Corinthians 15, the Gospel is made up of three important facts.
- Christ died according to the Scriptures (fulfilling prophecy)
- He was buried according to the Scriptures (fulfilling prophecy)
- He rose again according to the Scriptures (fulfilling prophecy)
“But,” you may be thinking, “Why did Jesus do that?” The purpose is also stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3:
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
You see our sins separate us from God. God is so perfectly holy, that He cannot accept any sin in His presence. He is also just and righteous, so He must judge that sin that is so repugnant to Him. Now, we might want to rank sins like murder or rape as being serious enough for God’s judgment, but God doesn’t look at it that way. He must judge all sin. The Good News is though, that God loves us.
For 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
Because He loves us and desires to be loved by us, He devised the Gospel to reconcile mankind to Himself.
Now, in order for us to enjoy the benefits of the Gospel, we must receive God’s gift of salvation. He will not force Himself on anyone. He will not make us love Him. He gives us a choice. This choice is often described as “repentant faith.”
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ~ Romans 10:9
Note the promise in that verse: “thou shalt be saved.” He will save you if you do what He requires. There are two things mentioned that you must do if you desire to be saved. First, you must “confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.” This is repentance. It is admitting (confessing) that Jesus is Lord. He is not One to ignore or rebel against anymore. He is One to be obeyed! It involves a real change of attitude.
Second, God says you must “believe in thine heart.” You might be thinking, “Of course I believe in Jesus,” but there is a world of difference between believing in Him in our mind and believing on Him in our heart. Let me illustrate. I think we can agree that George Washington was the first president of the United States. However, neither of us are trusting Him to do anything for us today are we? That’s the difference. Saving faith, not only believes that Jesus died and rose again, but trusts and depends on Him to save you now.
Have you made that decision to turn to God and trust in Christ to save you? If so, take a moment and pray to tell Him. There are no magic words. If you’ve never tried to pray, it really is simple. It’s a lot like talking on the phone. Just tell Him you know that you are a sinner and don’t deserve to go to Heaven, but that right now you are trusting Him to save you.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ~ Romans 10:13
If you have received Christ as your Savior as a result of reading this page, we would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know. In return, we will send you some materials to help you grow in your new life!