God loves you(65) and wants to have a real relationship with you which is more intimate than any you can have with someone you can touch, and more fulfilling than anything you have ever experienced. We can relate to Him through His Word(75) and prayer(67, 92). Since relationships require trust, He doesn’t immediately and completely reveal Himself to us because that would only preoccupy us with self-preservation instead of a desire to be close to Him and freely experience His love(77). We would all end up separated from Him because our worship and ‘being good’ would only be out of fear of punishment from such a powerful and glorious being(13). He doesn’t want to punish or control you(34), but to fill you with His Spirit and enjoy you as part of His family(36). He shows no pretense and puts no obstacles between you and He(31). You don’t have to work for His favor or earn His love, just commit to Him with everything you have(1) and let Him lead you through your life journey. You are no less valued than anyone else to Him and there is nothing you have done that is ‘too bad’ for Him to forgive(5). The original sin of Adam infected us all(7), but there is hope(15). Because we could never deserve such unsurpassed and unconditional love on our own and we mean more to Him than His glory(84, 47), He sent a part of Himself, Jesus to live as and die for us(80, 9).
He is The Truth(2). His Word(The Bible as well as Jesus Himself) has all the answers you seek. You just have to read it(32), quietly contemplate/meditate on it(40), believe it(42,82), and apply it in your life(43). God reveals himself to us through it(75) and himself inspired these words for our benefit(3), and it has remained unchanged despite thousands of years of upheaval. The books of our Bible were included in the canon as soon as they were written and needed no approval because they were known to be inspired by God(80). They were coherent and axiomatic and the church codified what was already accepted. More than stories, the gospels originated as oral histories and were written down while the witnesses were still alive and were verified as to the correctness of the facts. The four were independently written with each his own style and for the purpose of causing people to follow Jesus Christ. There were a lot of people who were influenced by Jesus in His lifetime and since what He said and did(His resurrection in particular(83, 21)) is historical fact(31), then we must accept the rest of what has been exegetically attributed to God(not men) by real scholars. It is not circular to use Matthew to prove Genesis and God’s authority never expires. For nearly nineteen centuries now, The Bible has been studied more and translated into more languages(and more accurately) than any other literary work, even languages which have no written alphabet and The Spirit of God illuminates His truth for us beyond the version or language we read it in.
Many think of truth as always relative- what is true for now may not be true later or what is true for me may not be for you- yet we obsess over the idea of fairness. A devil tries to distort our perception of the truth and make his lies seem as though they are a product of our own free thinking or from somewhere other than him. He creates gray areas, makes truth seem like the opposite and compels us toward a perpetually dubious state of mind(64). For instance when we watch a movie, we must suspend disbelief temporarily in order to identify with characters and fully enjoy the plot, due in part to our brain filling in what is not there between the mere 24 pictures we are seeing each second. Scenes shot at high frame rates and with less ‘movie magic’ do not lend themselves to the same passive viewing experience and begin to look somehow fake to us even though we are seeing more realism and detail. When it is over, we will likely resume a cynical attitude with real people in a real setting, disguising our speech with euphemisms(56) and hiding intentions through posturing. Similarly, one might think that to not believe in any higher being or purpose means that he/she is liberated(57) and the stories found in The Bible are not real. However, the meaninglessness of that ‘freedom’ means that view is not only unsound, but baseless, and they are really only a slave to their own physiology and its limitations- men become machines, executing a list of instructions until there is a break. There is no hope in this sinister thinking and we cannot be liberated where there is no accountability. Furthermore, for one to not believe that humans have an innate sense of truth and morality ultimately deconstructs that sense for the person who believes that, and the claim that no one knows exclusive truth is itself an arrogant claim to superior knowledge(79). Also, it should be noted that the kingdom of God is not a democracy where we can all vote to define the rules as we go or assume authority without responsibility, nor does it embrace the western obsession for impulsive production and consumption of material goods and services and the idea that it is the basis for a persons value or prosperity.
Some would seek to discredit the truth through perceived paradoxes in scripture but what we really find is that God’s truth is multifaceted and He cannot be diminished in any way by our lack of understanding(29,30). Sin is very insidious and many people deceive themselves or undermine their own minds(64). They would rather believe in the supremacy of man instead of the supremacy and sovereignty of God. Even a miracle would not convince them(87). They claim control over their environment until something happens that shows otherwise, at which point it becomes ‘luck’ or can be rationalized in some way. At the same time, they accept no responsibility for their choices and what they say means nothing(56). While God’s truth is absolute and universal, the application of it to each individual can be different. Feelings should never be the basis for our beliefs and while we tend to fabricate our own reality and identity, God knows each of us more personally and deeply than we know ourselves(53). How terrible it would be to realize at the end of your life that your ‘story’ was self-fulfilling fiction spun out of fantastical assumptions, blind endorsements and entertaining conjecture. Living in your own ‘bubble’ of contradictions of reason and meaning inevitably leads to a moment where you realize how incoherent it is and have to deal with the legacy of your own delusion. There is no point in trying to avoid the truth or escape it. You can know all the facts and still not see what picture is emerging(53, 28). Even though they will try to live in thoughtlessness and denial, an addict discovers at some point that what was once ‘fun’ is leading them towards death(54). They begin to hate the lie they live and the enslavement to it, feeling hopeless to escape. Rather than fulfillment, the result is disappointment and frustration. The ones who try to help rather than enable meet opposition. In the same way, God’s gift of sex has been corrupted into something fake and unsatisfying, only leading to more obsession and pain. All sin seems satisfying, but the truth of Jesus can really free us from our bondage whenever we choose(61) and give us strength(60). Being a slave to Christ means being truly free(48). We need only devote our-self to and be passionate about Him instead of hollow and contrived things(49). We all, by way of our time, energy, money or thoughts, worship something. Some people seek to be worshipped. It can happen in stadiums, conventions, concerts, nightclubs, malls, gyms, internet sites, mmog’s, dining rooms or bedrooms, but no cause, experience, belonging, passion, team, person or anything else created can compare to God who did the creating(49). They are marketed as the thing which will completely fulfill and gratify, but in the end they will not take away problems or deliver anything worthy of such esteem. Only God can.
God’s truth is perfect and anything that does not match what is written(44) in The Bible can be freely discarded. His Word is under attack more multilaterally and consistently than anything else, precisely because it is the truth(82). It is the responsibility of each individual(74) to search the scriptures and be prepared(68) to speak the truth whenever and wherever it is being obscured or discredited(73). We must not lazily accept whatever is presented by anyone who comes knocking(79), but study hard as do the purveyors of counterfeit gospels. Even devils know God’s Word(72), but we can be confident in the One who said it(86). There have been many distorted ideas of Him and His Word, but what He says is all that matters. Though a Rhinoceros has a horn on its head, we do not call it a unicorn. We will never understand everything(29), and if He told us everything it would only give devils more to use against us. He wouldn’t be much of a God if we could fit Him inside our minds(30). God does not lie or deceive(85) and if we ask Him for understanding, He will answer(22). It may not pass through our logic easily but it will point us in a Biblical direction(10). We are His children. If we are responsible and obedient in what He has already given us, He will entrust us with more(34). God deserves our full attention, not our leftovers or trivial regards(1).
He is The Life(2). To live with God is to experience it as God does , with a purpose(26) greater than your own selfish desires(37) and with an awareness larger than just what you can see(28). He has an infinite mind, not human attributes, and is capable of being the closest and truest friend of every one of us at once(63)! The triune and aseitic nature of God is complex(80,39) but fully explains the fact that God wants a personal, loving relationship with us and why it is in our nature to desire community(81). The Gospel is about removing impurities so that we can become what He made us for. Sin feeds our wants which corrupts and enslaves our body and mind(54), but God provides for our needs and regenerates us. His Spirit is like the purest water for our souls, essential for life and sustaining us through all difficulties(50). When we say no to ourselves, whether by getting rid of something that gets us into trouble or simply using our time and resources for more Christ-like purposes, we can say yes to Jesus and the blessings He wants to pour into us(76). In His grace, He uses our wants and our mistakes in awesome ways to teach us and bring us together(39), as well as reveal His glory through us(52). He created you the way you are for a reason, and because He wanted you to be part of His design(58). He didn’t stamp us all out in assembly-line fashion, but carefully and lovingly crafted each one of us(6) with unique weaknesses and gifts(62). To live life without Him is to never know what you were meant for, to never be what you truly are(16). It is garbage compared to what we gain in Jesus Christ(66)! He gave you the option to accept life through Him or death by default(7) and He alone is the one who has the right to judge His creation according to His standard(51). What is true of Jesus becomes true of us and nothing can torment us any more(45) when we accept Him as family(36) and are grafted in. His redemptive power fills us and nothing in this world, not even our own flesh, can dominate us any longer. Without Him, we hardly exist. We truly begin to live when we act with our full will to realize His full will in our life(16). He is the source of everything and we must find our identity in Him(1).
He is The Way(2). Jesus said ‘Follow Me’(76). That ‘signal’ is still going out through all space and time whether we acknowledge reception or not. We have His light in our hearts to seek Him(10), no matter how much the world tries to convince us that He does not exist(14). He does exist and you can find Him if you believe(19,28)! Endless searching for that ‘something’ or ‘someone’ to fulfill you and make you complete, and the quest for the reason for your existence is over(69). There is no other way(4), and when you come before Him there will be no excuses(11). If you spend your life estranged, as an enemy of Jesus, calling Him evil and judging yourself as good and right, He will give you what you ask for when final justice is rendered(91). If you die resisting and rejecting Him, you will certainly be separated from Him forever to a diabolical place. Jesus is the sacrifice that makes it possible for us to know Him(9) because He completed His work for us when we abused and murdered Him(83). He lived a perfectly holy life, obeying every law perfectly and never sinning even in the depths of His heart, though being tempted in every way as we are(47). He has felt the dirt on His feet and walked the street, but He was not just another teacher but the preeminent redeemer of all people. Although he was blameless, he took responsibility for our sin on Himself without complaint and paid our debt. He did not avoid confrontation or mince words(56). He was not the mousy or unassertive man that many picture, but a strong and dedicated King in a mans body taking your beating. A crown made from our sin(7) was driven into His scalp and He was ridiculed before the elite(35). None of us can live up to even our own moral standards and must humbly accept our weakness and need for Jesus’ mercy and grace(84), for He is our paragon. Even at our best, we are inconsistent(64). We should compare ourselves only to His example as no other is worthy. The laws of the Old Testament pointed to this and amplified the sinfull nature that is within all of us(64) so that we would recognize it(18), but we are no longer bound by the law(45) because Jesus has taken the punishment for us(19). He suffered so much for us that He became unrecognizable from all of our sin and disease resting on him at once(35), yet at no time did the angels or any particle of creation stop declaring His glory(13). All that is necessary is for you to acknowledge this(21) and be reconciled with Him(20). When Adam & Eve were created, they were perfect and free(47). They should not have chosen to know sin and evil(7). Now we are all in the same boat(5) which is headed away from God, but some of us will get out and swim, leaving our pride behind so that we can be graciously rescued(84). There is a battle being waged for your soul(54) and you are being called to join the fight that is already won(55)! He wants to adopt you into His family(36), but it is your responsibility to act(43,31). Please accept and surrender to Him right now(12), tell Him you want His forgiveness and begin to repent(25), discovering in the process a new way with new choices(16). Some think that you just repeat a certain prayer and join the club; like instant, ‘Just add water’. Simply going to church and reading The Bible are not enough(41), you must have a committed relationship with Him(78). He is more concerned about our feelings for Him than our attempts to please Him(23, 18), our consideration for His qualities rather than our own. If we really love Him, we will serve Him(88). Sin and death will be arrested in you not by your acts, but because you have given your will to His. We acknowledge Him as our King when we fear nothing else but Him. There is no threat beside Him! We must not only believe in Him, but live in Him(46). Life today won’t be fair, comfortable or always go the way you want or think it should(15), and it will take much determination. Very soon(8) you will meet the supreme creator of this vast and awesome universe and He will find your name from among the names of every man, woman and child that was ever conceived, and read what has been written next to it(13). Nothing has eluded The Most High(53) and there will be no deliberation. His redeemed(27) will hear Him say ‘well done, good and faithfull servant’(24)! For now, we must strive to be more like Him by loving and forgiving others(33), overcoming differences(90) and becoming family(59, 36). Be confident that He will not leave you(70) and will perfect His work in you(71). Focus on Him and don’t ever take your eyes off of Him(1,38)!
We would encourage you to print this, read the context of the chapters where the verses below are found and then begin reading the book of John(32), continuing on in study(68) and prayer(67). Also, see Our God Is, I Am, and Resources for study. Worship God with others(13,92), get baptised as a symbol of your commitment and tell others about your decision to know God(39). If you would like to pray or talk with us, please contact us.
14 2 Peter 3:5
81 Genesis 2:18
82 John 17:17
87 Luke 16:31
89 Luke 11:15