Nuts and Bolts Regarding Spiritual Matters
Sailing along in life we go day by day! Awaking to a new fresh day which we have to tackle and do what we usually do! But do we start and end with God in focus, or do we even think about Him?
In fact, how does that all come about, i.e., knowing God and being a friend of God, etc.!
One thing we do know is that God has stated clearly in both the O.T and the N.T., NO man (person) seeks after God. That should stop the mouths of everyone who is out there thinking we humans are such wonderful people that we are always seeking after God and wanting to know Him.
Well, we see with our eyes sometimes, many people praying to something or someone they think. People seem to engage in some type of prayer and/or worship religiously. And it would seem they are seeking after God. I mean we see Buddhists, Mohammedans, Confucius worshippers, Jehovah Witnesses, guys on bicycles with white shirts and ties calling themselves Mormons, you name it, and even into some dark corners people reading palms, reading horoscopes, etc., and appearing to be trying to be in touch with some higher power.
But stop for a moment and think, I know that is a problem for some, to think, but we must do that to get to or arrive at some truth and facts. If there is a God, and He is so powerful that He created all of this we can see with the eye, and with telescopes, CERTAINLY that God would and could reveal something about Himself to human beings on this little tiny speck of a world in the entire Galaxies. Surely that has to be rational and correct. Or if not, there is NO GOD, and it all has happened by fluke or some idea of a randomness, etc.
But wait a minute!! No rational thinking person would go for such fairy tales and illogical type of ideas as that!! Even a child almost knows something made had to be made by someone. Inert matter can’t make anything! Nothing can just appear by current matter, it may move around and change its looks, and actions but its actual Existance? No, it had to have a maker!! And it does!
That maker is Jesus Christ the ONE who came into the world to reveal Himself to mankind by becoming human perfect and sinless flesh. The God/man! He proved He was so. Miracles, lived a perfect sinless life, was slain on a cross, and buried but Rose up and came alive again and ascended back to heaven and was seen prior to His ascension by multitudes of people, over 500 on one occasion and many other smaller groups and individuals. He didn’t swoon, faint, and pretend on the cross to die, but actually did die and Conquered death, hell and the grave, and sin, and Satan also, when He rose from the dead.
HOW THEN CAN WE REALLY KNOW HIM AND BE FORGIVEN AND GO TO HEAVEN?
The question has been asked by others over time, and one man did exactly that and Jesus gave him the answer. The bottom line is this! Believe (rely upon, trust in, have confidence in, be totally dependant upon, embrace) HIM and the GOSPEL (what He did and Who He was, and WHY He died and WHAT for), as Lord (Master, God, Savior, Messiah), and you will have Life everlasting and never perish!
Basically, HE died for His peoples sin and sins! They all were placed upon Him and God the Father struck His only begotten Son with His wrath and condemnation, causing Him to suffer in our place so that we could go free from such punishment and wrath by the Father. He loved us that much. God loved us that much! To die in our place and through GRACE provide us with Eternal salvation.
Paul the Apostle in the book of Romans states how this takes place in a human beings life. NOTICE WHO does the work, WHO starts it, WHO designed it, WHO makes it happen in the hearts and lives of those he is speaking to. Grammar is very important. Words are important. It reads:
Romans 1: 1-6
“Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ BY THE WILL OF GOD. TO the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful IN Christ Jesus.
Note: All to follow from Paul is the WILL of God, not the will of Paul or of mankind!
GRACE (unmerited or unearned favor from God to man) to you, and peace FROM God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note: Again, it is all from God to us, Grace, Peace are mentioned. Not something in us that made this happen.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, WHO HAS BLESSED US WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING in the heavenly places in Christ, just as HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLAME BEFORE HIM IN LOVE.
Note: God is the initiator and author of it all. He blessed us, chose us, and purposed us to be set apart and holy without blame before Him in Love. He did it all.
Having PREDESTINED us to ADOPTION as sons BY Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure OF HIS WILL.
Note: He predetermined and adopted us also and it was BY Jesus not by us or anyone else. God alone. It was for HIS own pleasure and driven by HIS WILL not ours or anyone else’s.
to the praise of the glory of HIS GRACE BY WHICH HE MADE US ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED. IN HIM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE WHICH HE MADE TO ABOUND TOWARD US IN ALL WISDOM AND PRUDENCE. HAVING MADE KNOWN TO US THE MYSTERY OF HIS WILL, ……..”
Note: and Last, by this Grace HE MADE us acceptable IN CHRIST through His blood sacrifice; that is the forgiveness of all sins.
The point also is this, none of the above groups I mentioned who reject Jesus Christ the Son of God, and the Father God of Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit are praying to the REAL GOD that exists and has revealed Himself in Christ on earth and then revealed Himself to us through His written word on earth which we hold in our hands and can read. But ONLY HE can give the person insight and understanding of their spiritual meanings when they are read. God is the ONE who makes all of this happen by a NEW BIRTH, which we experience, and it is a NEW life given in order for us to BELIEVE, Repent, Confess and call upon the Real God. Their works which are a synergistic method of trying to find God but will be of no avail ever! Until God comes to them personally, and reveals His Son Jesus to them personally they are still lost!
We would NEVER do any of this unless HE did a FIRST work of GRACE upon us. That first work is to MAKE us spiritually alive and from that flows the abilities to call upon Him and be saved from God’s punishment and wrath. It is all of GRACE and NOT of works. Even our continual maturity in the faith is ordered and granted to us through HIM and HIS power and control and work in us!