Have you ever thought?
“I tried to read the Bible but it just doesn’t make any sense to me?”
Well here are three things that you need to know and are easy for everyone to understand.
First … WE ALL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM
None of us can ever be good enough to earn our way into heaven.
There is only one way to receive eternal salvation.
Jesus provided the only way; when he sacrificed himself for our sins on the cross, and He was miraculously and triumphantly resurrected from the dead, after three days in the tomb.
“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36
According to Jesus in His teachings above …mankind is divided into two groups of people:
1. Those who believe in Jesus are forgiven.
2. Those who have rejected Jesus are judged.
Each of us has a choice to make.
We all need to ask ourselves these three questions:
1. Which group above best describes me;
2. Which group above do I want to be in?
3. What steps do I need to take to get to where I want to be?
Some might think that it’s judgmental to discuss these verses and that some religions lead people to hell. But Jesus is God and these are His words and He has made this the facts perfectly clear. All people and all religions that do not believe in Jesus are already judged by him. If true … the most unloving thing that we can do is to know this truth and remain silent. Now if there is no God as the atheists claim – Christianity would be a foolish lie. And I would want nothing to do with it. On the other hand if God’s Word is true … then this is the most important question any of us will ever need to answer. Is Jesus God the Creator and Savior of all men; or is he a fraud? I hope and pray that my many atheist friends are wise enough to at least look at the facts before they make their decision.
Second … GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EACH OF US
“Jesus answered and said to him, truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God … Do not marvel that I said to you, “you must be born again” … the wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged; John 3:16-18
Now just like Nicodemus the man Jesus was talking to here, you might already be saying: I do not understand all of this. The Apostle Paul explains the reason some do not understand: “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
And once we believe – God makes it clear how to walk in His victory here and now.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
And if your beliefs and guiding principles have already been formed by the teachings of the world, it’s only natural that many of the things of the Spirit will not make sense. These things must be made clear to you by God, through God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit – not men.
Third … GOD HAS PROMISED TO SEND YOU HELP
Jesus promised: “I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Helper, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you … But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.” John 14:16-26
Would you like to understand the things of the Spirit? You must pray that the Spirit will guide you as promised. That He will teach you all things. Church is great and needed for all … but our primary teacher is the Holy Spirit combined with the Word of God. He will reveal to you the truths which are the new foundation of your belief system. You must not be conformed to the world; but rather be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Paul explains further when he says: For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “the Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” 1 Corinthians 3:19-20
So what do you need to do to gain the knowledge, wisdom,
understanding, and eternal life that Jesus promises?
Pray for his forgiveness.
Thank Jesus for his promises, and for paying the penalty for your sins on the cross.
Declare your belief in him and ask for him to send His Holy Spirit to help and guide you.
Meditate on the verses above asking Jesus to reveal Himself to you more and more.
Seek the counsel of a Bible believing church as well as someone
with wisdom who can assist you in your spiritual growth.
In closing, remember that once you receive it,
you can never lose the eternal life that Jesus has promised you.
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13
The Bible is not that hard to understand – is it?
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust©2020