You Can Know God
You can know God as your caring heavenly Father. He has a wonderful plan for your life. You can experience His special presence, His guidance and His enabling power to do His will. You can know the peace of God that passes all understanding, His joy, His righteousness, and the promise of being with Him forever in His everlasting kingdom.
Just as we were born into our natural family with characteristics of our parents, the only way to become a member of Godís family is to be born into it. Thank God through His Son Jesus, we can spiritually be born again into His family with His nature.
The New Birth through Jesus Christ
Jesus called this new birth experience being born from above and being born of the Spirit. Jesus made it clear that unless a man is born again, he cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. (See John 3:3-5)
God spoke by the prophet Ezekiel describing the new birth this way: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)
God also describes it like this: "I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." (Hebrews 8:10,11)
God's work within us through the new birth can make us what we never thought possible. The Bible says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (II Corinthians 5:17)
This new birth is possible because God sent His Son Jesus to die to pay the price for our sins. He then rose from the dead to be a savior to all who repent and follow Him. The Bible says, "...And (they) killed the Prince of life (Jesus), whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses." (Acts 3:15) The Word of God also says, "And that he died for all, that they who live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who died for them, and rose again." (II Corinthians 5:15)
Repentance and the Forgiveness of Sins
The transformation that God does in us begins when we repent. To repent means to turn around. It means a turning from our old life, a forsaking of our own way and a turning to God by faith.
Jesus said, "Repent: for the kingdom of God is at hand." (Matthew 4:17b) The Bible also says that God "Öcommandeth all men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30b)
When we give our lives to Christ to follow Him, He forgives our sins. We are then released from the penalty of sin Ė eternal separation from Him.
The Bible makes it clear that there is no forgiveness without repentance when it says, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out..." (Acts 3:19a)
The Lord gives us power to live for Him. Jesus said, "You shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you shall be witnesses of me." (Acts 1:8)
The Bible also says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christís have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-25)
Those that truly are Godís children obey Him. Jesus said, "..If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Fatherís which sent me." (John 14:23.24)
Saved from the Penalty of Eternal Damnation
Jesus is the Judge. If we donít have Him as our Savior, we will be found guilty of rejecting His salvation. This is made clear when the Bible says, "...the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" (2 Th 1:7b-9)
Turn to the Lord Today and Begin Your New Life in the Lord
Commit your life to following Jesus, ask Him to forgive you, and to give you a new heart and to fill you with His Spirit. The Word of God promises that "...whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
Declare your commitment to follow Jesus. The Bible says, "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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10)
A relationship with the Lord requires devoting time and effort. The Bible exhorts followers to pray often, as when it says, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..." (Eph 6:18)
The Bible must be an essential part of our life. Here is what the Bible says about itself: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein..." (Joshua 1:8a) The Bible also speaks to the new believer and says, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby..." (1 Peter 2:2).
God's plan for you is to encourage others and be encouraged by your participation in a local Bible-believing church. The Bible speaks of its importance when it says: "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Heb 10:25).
Remember that this is a life-long commitment. The Bible says that "Öhe that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Mat 24:13).
An explanation of the born again salvation experience is found in many parts of the Bible especially the Gospel of John. Read this Gospel to find out more about the Savior.