By Janet Adisa
The Bible is more than a catalogue of many personalities and characters. This wonderful book is God‘s way of telling you that you are not alone. It talks about many people who went through similar issues that you go through.
Although a Bible story may refer to a particular time in history, the message is relevant even today.
Times may change, our cultural and economic climate are different, but the lesson and message remain the same.
There are invisible laws governing the earth. For example, the laws of nature, the life cycle of a plant, weather system, and the solar system. These laws strongly testify about the existence of God (Romans 1:19-20).
If you believe in creation, then you will understand that God made human beings in His image. In other words, His Spirit. Therefore, human is primarily a spirit being with a soul and a physical body.
When God created Adam and Eve, the human spirit was connected with God, resulting in a union and communion with God.
Once Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s instruction, it was like changing the default setting of human nature. In a computer system, you have a default setting. Mankind’s default setting went from one of pleasing God to pleasing self with all desires that are contrary to God’s words.
The penalty for Adam’s disobedience was both spiritual separation and physical death. The Spirit of man was disconnected from the life and power of God. From that point forward man began to search for the meaning of life in a variety of ways.
In order to reconnect people back to God, Jesus came to earth. John 3:16 says “But God gave His only begotten Son” who is Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God who came to the world to pay the penalty for the sin of the people on earth.
Jesus could relate to people at any level, including the vulnerable people in His community. The Bible explains that “He himself bore our sins and sorrow” in Isaiah 53:4. He felt the pain of hunger, rejection, isolation and poverty. Jesus had personal experiences of the struggle of human beings.
Jesus showed us how to live in victory and according to God‘s plan for us. With His death on the cross, Jesus paid the price for our disobedience. He bridged the gap between God and humans so that the excommunicated spirit of humans could be reconciled back to God.
Jesus defeated the power of sin through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.
If you will allow God in your life today, He will work in you and with you. As a result, you will experience His awesome power, grace and wonder.
How can I find God?
God gave us a condition for redemption – Just believe. Whoever believes in the price Jesus Christ paid for their sin will be saved from eternal separation from God. The default setting would be activated, the Spirit of God and that of human would be united, and communion with the Heavenly Father reactivated.
Faith is like travelling on an aeroplane. You can only trust that your pilot is qualified and experienced enough to fly your aircraft to your destination. You must trust the pilot and the crew, although you have never met them before the trip. You are sure they will take you safely to your destination. Perhaps, the airline has a track record, or the recommendation of someone convinced you. You demonstrate your faith in the pilot and crew by allowing them to fly you to your destination.
Your faith in God is similar. Even though you may not have a personal experience of God, you might have heard a lot about Him. He has a credible track record and passed the test of time. You might have heard about Jesus Christ and His good deeds. That is why people celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and many other “nice and good” ceremonies.
You must have faith in Jesus. All you need is to trust Him and receive the blessings God has prepared for those who accept Him. John 1:12 says “For as many as received him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
In order to believe in Christ, you need to commit yourself to Him. If you trust Jesus, you would become totally involved in the eternal truths taught by Him in the Bible.
How to receive Christ
Two steps: Step (1) Believe in God. Step (2) Speak to God.
Simply believe that you are created by God. Accept that you are a sinner just like everyone else.
Believe that you need to be reconciled to God, your Creator.
Believe that Christ is the Son of God who came to pay the price for the sins of the whole world, including yours.
Believe that your sins are forgiven because Jesus died on the cross and resurrected just for your salvation. As a result, you do not have to bear the guilt for your sins. You must believe that all of your past wrongdoings are nullified.
Of course, you may assume that you are a good person, and you may offer your time and money to charity, and possibly as a result, you think that you do not need forgiveness of sins. But the truth is that everyone has sinned and needs forgiveness, according to Romans 3:10 which says, “There is none righteous, not even one…” Romans 3:23 clarifies by saying “All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory…”
Once you believe in your heart, then you need to speak to God about your faith. Verbalise it according to Romans 10: 9-10 that says “I believe that Jesus died on the cross, to pay for all the wrong I had done. I believe that he rose up from the dead, and He is alive now. I believe that Jesus will return, and take me to live with Him eternally. I believe in God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe Holy Spirit is given to me to be with me, live in me, and help me live as a child of God.”
As a result of your belief and confession, you are reconciled to God, and your human spirit is reconnected with the life of God. As a result:
• You are now a child of God, adopted into God’s family.
• God is your heavenly father.
• Jesus Christ is your Saviour, Friend, Teacher and Advocate.
• The Spirit of God lives in you.
• You are no longer condemned.
• Other believers in Jesus Christ are your brothers and sisters.
• Heaven is your destination.
This is the start of your Christian journey. Welcome to God’s family!