Many people concoct their own idea of God the way my mother used to make soup. She tossed all the leftovers into the pot and boiled them up. It was usually pretty good, but it was never the same two times in a row. In a similar way, people collect various notions about God from their reading or from television or from conversations with friends. Then they stir them all together and come up with their own personal idea of what God is like. Such a procedure would be just fine if God were only a figment of our imaginations. No one’s idea of God would be any more or less true than anyone else’s, and it would not bother us to observe that some ideas of God contradict other notions about Him. God, however, is not an imaginary being like the Easter Bunny. He is as real as your mother or your best friend. Therefore, since contradictory notions of God cannot all be true, some of them are certainly false.
The only way we can know the true God is by His own revelation of Himself. If He had not told us what He is like, we could never really know. Fortunately, God does make Himself known to us through His word, the Bible. The following are some of the most important truths about God from the Bible.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
“Be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16).
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39).
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
If you want Jesus to save you from your sin, you may come to God with a prayer something like the following.
Dear Father in Heaven, You are the holy Creator of the world, and I am only a sinful creature. I believe that You sent your beloved Son to die in the place of sinners, and I believe that You raised Him from the dead on the third day. I now repent of my sins. Please forgive my sins for Jesus’ sake. Please make me Your child and help me to live the rest of my life for You. Thank you. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you have just now received Christ, or if you would like to do so, please email Pastor LaShell, or call him at 610-398-9250. He would love to help you grow in your knowledge of God.