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There is a God

There is a God. He’s not dead.

He has revealed his plan, His rules, His character and His heart.

His message and plan is revealed in and through the lives of ordinary men and women who are almost all clearly flawed. Along the way, using these ordinary people, God reveals history, geography, and science. He describes cultures, economics, military strategy, and human nature.

He also predicts events that will take place in the future. Some have occurred already, and some are left to yet occur at some time in the future. He has a 100% accuracy rate.

As time has unfolded, the truths of the Bible in history, geography and science have been increasingly proven to be true.

In the same period of time, as this history of man has unfolded, the heart of mankind has not grown closer to God, but rather harder and more rebellious towards God.

The plan of God speaks to this rebellion. It doesn’t pretend it doesn’t exist. It doesn’t try to threaten it away. It provides a cure.

Belief is the cure. Belief in Jeshua (Jesus), the Promised One. The belief is simple, but it is not flimsy. You must believe that Jeshua is who He said He was (God) and that He did what He said He would (died a sacrificial death for the sins of all mankind – including you) and He rose from the dead to prove that He had power over death, the power only God has.

So believe and be cured.

If you reject the cure, then the consequence is certain:

It is appointed a man once to die; then the judgment.

Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The consequences of sin is death.

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Maybe you wonder why it was necessary that Jesus come and die for the sins of the world. Why would the world need such a strange thing as a man tortured, beaten and hung on a cross to die?

As a starting point, consider the law of God as He gave it to Moses in Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments).

1. Have no Gods before Me (not even in your heart)
2. Make for yourself no idols
3. Do not take the name of the LORD in vain
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
5. Honor your father and mother
6. Do not murder (not even in your heart)
7. Do not commit adultery (not even in your heart)
8. Do not steal
9. Do not bear false witness (lie)
10. Do not covet

How do you measure up? If 10 is too many, consider what Jesus later told his disciples, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Whether you take the 10 or the 2, the bottom line is that God has a standard of holiness. That standard is given in His law. Keep it, and maintain fellowship with God; violate it in any point, and be forever separated from God by your sin.

This standard of holiness is not just for the Jew. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. There’s none righteous. Not one. Romans 3:11-18.

It doesn’t end there. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this, the judgment.” Hebrews 9:24. The payment or wages that a man receives for his sin is death. Romans 6:23

But God, in His mercy, has provided a sacrifice, an offering that would satisfy the requirement of the law. That sacrifice was His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

“God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

1 John 2:2 He Himself is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“I am justified (made just as if I’d never sinned) through His (God’s) grace. Romans 3:24

“Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

I had a great need. I have a great God. He gave me a great gift in the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!


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