The glory of the Lord is surely revealed as we delight in the beauty and complexity of nature.
There was a time when I regarded faith in God as an emblem of supreme ignorance. A professed atheist, I was at the height of naivety and depth of foolishness when God, in a profound act of mercy, began to gently turn my gaze toward Him. Thus, with stirring humility, I understand what the apostle Paul meant when he explained that “a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (I Corinthians 2:14).
Who is God, and what is our relationship to Him?
God reveals Himself and His divine truth through the Bible, which was written by men under the direct inspiration of God. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God.
The Bible teaches us that there is one God manifest in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is all powerful and all knowing, perfectly righteous and perfectly just. He is the Creator of everything, including mankind, whom he created especially in His image. In the beginning man was blameless in the sight of God. However, when Adam (the first man) committed the first act of disobedience, sin entered the world and became an inherited part of our nature, rendering us incapable of righteousness. Thus, we are not sinners because we sin; rather, we sin because we are sinners.
Bible teaches us that one day God will judge all of mankind by His perfect standard of righteousness, and being perfectly just, He cannot disregard even a single act of disobedience. How could such wrathful, eternal judgement emerge from a God that loves mankind? Even God, being perfect in all His attributes, cannot contradict His own nature. Indeed, a god who claims to be perfectly just would submit an unjust verdict by declaring righteous something clearly unrighteous. Restitution has to be made. The only just recompense for our unrighteousness is Hell, eternal separation from Him. If that sounds dismal, that’s because it is. Terribly Dismal.
Who is Jesus, and why does He matter?
The word Gospel literally means “good news”. A little more than 2,000 years ago on a hill called Calvary, just outside the city of Jerusalem, God’s love for mankind was poured out as He allowed His perfectly righteous Son, Jesus, to die on a cross in our place. Through Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death, God’s wrath toward sin was satisfied in accordance with His perfect justice, thereby liberating mankind from the bondage of sin and fate of eternal death. Through Jesus’ shed blood, our debt was paid, and by His resurrection, our justification confirmed.
Faith in Jesus Christ is indeed the only way to be rescued from our sin. Salvation through Jesus Christ is available to anyone who, with a heart of sincere repentance, confesses through prayer that He is their personal Lord and Savior. Faith is truly all it takes, nothing more, nothing less – that is the incredible grace of God. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
II Corinthians 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
If you are unsure of what Christ’s death means, or have any questions about your salvation in Him, take a moment to speak to the Lord in prayer. I promise with all my heart that you have something infinitely important on your heart.
If you still have questions, please feel encouraged to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be pleased to hear from you.