This is one of life’s most important questions. The Bible is God’s Word. There you will read these words of assurance:
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus Christ as Lord and believe in your heart God has raised him from the dead you will be saved.”
The certainty of eternal life is a consequence of two actions on the part of an individual, but, paradoxically, the actions that guarantee this eternal life took place 2000 years ago. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth to die and atone for all the wrong actions of every man and woman who ever lived and whoever will live. When you, or anyone else, sincerely believes that Jesus provided a way to cover your sins, as if they never happened, and if you confess that you accept his death and resurrection from the dead on your behalf, you can be secure in knowing that you will spend eternity in the presence of God. This promise of God is sealed and guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. At that same instant God’s spirit becomes part of your body, mind and soul. From that moment on you are a new creation in Christ, a child of God and a member of God’s family.
Now for the practical evidence of that decision. Here are some questions for you to consider:
- Do you tell others about Jesus and what he has done for you? (Your personal testimony)
- Do you read and live by the truth of the Bible, God’s word?
- Besides just reading the Bible, do you study to discover God’s plan for your life?
- Are you acquiring a Biblical worldview?
- Do you experience God disciplining you like a father teaches a son or daughter?
- Is your conscience and heart right with God? Do you fully trust and obey Him?
- Do you reflect God’s love in your relationship with others?
- Do you attend a church where Bible truths are taught clearly and regularly?
- Do you enjoy collective worship of God and fellowship with other Christians??
- Do you feel forgiven of all your past sins?
- Do you pray regularly and continue to ask God for forgiveness when you do sin?
If these things are true for you, then you can rest assured that you are really saved and are a Christian and can live in the joy of God’s love now and forever and have a life full of meaning and purpose.
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Welcome to an elite group of thinkers,” the sages of the ages;” Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, and many other philosophers who have been seeking the answer to this very question. It wasn’t until Jesus Christ came to earth that it was answered clearly and directly.
Jesus said, “I am the truth.” (John 14:6) He is the embodiment of truth about all of creation and life’s really important and significant matters; life and death, heaven and hell, sin and righteousness, creation and evolution, good and evil and so many more including even the little things in life.
Webster defines truth as, “that which is true; that which conforms to fact or reality.” Jesus’ life is a fact and He is the ultimate reality. In order to know the truth one needs to know Jesus, not just know about Him.
A few of Jesus’ profound truth statements for you to carefully consider are;
- “You must be born-again to gain eternal life.” (John 3:3)
- “No one comes to the Father (heaven) except through Me.” (John 14:6)
- “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)
- “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born I Am.” (In this statement Jesus confirmed He was God, I Am, and eternal, i.e., He existed before Abraham in eternity past.) (John 8:58)
Remember, truth is always truth. Two plus two is always four. Jesus’ words are truth although many choose to believe otherwise at their own peril.
One final thought on truth. It is a truth that every human being ever created that does not repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when they die they will face God as Judge on Judgment Day. That’s a sobering truth that needs to be remembered and considered seriously. It’s a truth that should be a life changer. The ‘Good News’ is that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Examine the Gospel of John to discover more of Jesus’ surprising truth statements. You won’t be disappointed.
Everybody asks this and the answer is actually simple and direct. He is here, right now no matter where you are or what you are doing. It’s referred to as being Omnipresent. God’s Spirit is present everywhere throughout Creation.
In His great power and knowledge God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) That means He was before the creation of the universe and thus all space, time and matter that was created when our universe was created. This means that God transcends these dimensions, not being limited by them but over them. Because He transcends what he created, God operates in and out of them at any time and any place in anyway He wills. He is not in just one place.
When Moses inquired of God who God was, God’s answer was simple “I Am”. (Ex 3:13-14) Jesus gave the same answer. (John 8: 58) “I Am” means God was, is and always will be. No one else can say that. When Jesus physically left this earth He had promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the third part of the triune God to be with us and He did. Being spiritual, the Holy Spirit is not limited by space, time and matter. Thus God is everywhere, all the time as the Holy Spirit. God literally is with you.
When you pray you are talking to God but do not envision that your prayer is going up to some far away throne with a bearded old man sitting on a throne. No you are face to face with God through the Holy Spirit whose purpose is to intercede on your behalf with God. (Rom 8: 26-7) Through prayer you can draw even closer to God, so close that God is in you.
( Text provided by, G. Lee Southard, Ph.D Author, To Know With Certainty)
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Agape is the Greek word used in the Bible when referring to God’s love. Agape is one of four Greek words that are often translated as “love.” It describes selfless love of one person for another, without any romantic implications, especially love that is spiritual in nature. Some writers have described agape as the noblest word for love in the Greek Language.
It is love available to every person from God without any preconditions. Some will choose to embrace it and others will reject it at their own peril. It is unconditional and unselfish and unbounded. It is a consuming passion for the well-being of others, a love that reflects compassion and sacrifice and is embodied in Jesus, the Christ.
In the Bible, in 1 John 4:10, the writer explains it this way:
“This is love: that God sent his Son (Jesus) as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
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Great question and the answer can be very lengthy, so let’s start. We all are one in body, soul and spirit. However, when we place all our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes into and indwells us. Mark 1:1-8 (and many other Bible passages.)
What’s known as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is part of that mystery of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit, and yes, the Holy Spirit is NOT an ‘IT’ but a being who has all the attributes of a personality. Once this commitment to Jesus Christ is made, many changes occur as a result of the Holy Spirit indwelling us. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and calls us to repentance. Previously, sinning did not bother us and often we were not even aware of our thoughts and actions that alienated us from God. The Holy Spirit enables us to be free from our slavery to sin.
The Holy Spirit through His Word, the Bible, and speaking directly to our minds gives us inner peace and contentment in now knowing for certainty where we will be when this life on earth ends. The Holy Spirit will change our desires and what we think is important. Previously, perhaps earthly gains, fame or money were our objectives. Now it is to grow closer to our Savior every day of the rest of our lives. God’s Spirit will reveal His plan for your life as a Christian, giving it real meaning and purpose.
Friends will change because our interests and priorities will differ from theirs. The Holy Spirit will guide you to seek fellowship with fellow believers who will help each other grow in the knowledge of His Word. Love for one’s children and family and our ‘neighbors’ will become stronger when we personally experience the love of God in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit will additionally open our eyes and hearts to the needs of others that includes their physical and daily needs but also and more importantly their need to say ‘yes’ to Jesus and experience this new life too. There are many more benefits to elaborate on but suffice it to say, having God’s Spirit in you is the greatest thing that can ever happen to you.(Gal. 5:22-23)
We pray that you may experience this indescribable new life TODAY. Just invite Jesus in. He is waiting at the ‘door’ of your heart. Open it wide and His Spirit will come in and reside with you forever.
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