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How to Know Jesus

The Gospel is, first and foremost, a message of reconciliation.

 Adam and Eve were originally created in innocence and enjoyed a healthy and open relationship with their Creator. Their life in the Garden was idyllic and not afflicted with any of the results of the sin that would eventually cost them paradise. Hunger, sorrow, pain, sickness, disease, and even death were never a part of the original design, but were the consequences of their decision to cross the one boundary that God had erected, "Do not eat of the fruit . . . "

With that transgression, Adam and Eve, and humankind as their offspring, were separated from their Creator. The original relationship was severed because as the psalmist says, 


For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.

Psalm 5:4

To God, however, this was not an acceptable situation, so He implemented a plan to reconcile us back to himself and to restore the relationship as it was originally intended. This plan is what we call the Gospel.

 Throughout our history, humanity has attempted to devise systems of good works and other human merit to bridge the chasm created by sin.  Yet, because the penalty for sin is death, no less of a payment could be substituted.  Only God was able to devise and execute an acceptable solution. He became a man and suffered the penalty of death in our place. As a man, His name was Jesus.

 Because He was untainted by sin, Jesus Christ was an acceptable substitute when He gave his life as the payment for our sin. His resurrection demonstrated both that He was God, and that he had gained the victory over death and sin.

 Our eternal life with God is provided by Jesus through His death and resurrection. It is offered to us freely as a gift, and it is promised that when we believe that this is indeed true, we receive the gift of eternal life with Him. Jesus Himself said, 


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

 John 3:16-18

 We were created to be in a right relationship with God. Sin derailed that for a time, but we have been reconciled to God and our relationship has been restored through the Gospel.


For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

  Ephesians 2:8-10

If you haven't done so already, won't you trust Jesus right now? Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and become part of your life. We know it almost sounds too easy, but God loves us that much to provide His son as payment for our sins.

 

If you are not sure about your relationship with Jesus and would like more information, you may contact our pastor, Andy Newell at 
pastor@growingnewlives.org or 803-429-7524.