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Biblical Answers to Spiritual Questions:


Who is God?

The Assurance of Salvation

I Want to Know More About the Bible

If I am Saved, Why Do I Keep On Sinning?

Will We Be Judged Immediately After We Die?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is It Wrong to Have Sexual Relations Outside of Marriage?

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?

How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?

Do Our Spirit and Soul Die After Death?

How Do I Know That God Is With Me?

Is Everyone Able to Speak in Tongues?

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Is There Life After Death?

The Unpardonable Sin



Who is God?


 

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    Who Is God?

    God is made known to mankind by several means.

  If man makes up his own god, then he is not God at all.


    1) There is in man the sense that there is One Who is greater than we are, God. 

Man knows intrinsically, intuitively and instinctively that God is.

    Evans in his book, "Great Doctrines of the Bible," writes,

"Man everywhere believes in the existence of a Supreme Being or beings

 to whom he is morally responsible and to whom propitiation needs to be made."


    All or most cultures, at least historically, have some form of a Divine Person,

an all powerful and Sovereign Deity.

    However, man rejects Him, denying what he knows to be true. 

Scripture reveals why – they refuse to consider God, choosing their sins instead.

    Romans 1:21 states, "for although they knew God they neither glorified Him

as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened."


    John 3:19 (NIV) says, "This is the verdict, Light has come into the world,

but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 

Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come to the light

 for fear that his deeds will be exposed."


    2)  Romans chapter one also tells us the creation reveals God's "Power and Divine Nature –

being understood by what has been made." 

The diversity and complexity of creation are proof  in and of themselves of a Creator

 of supreme power and intelligence.


    3)  God reveals Himself through His Son Whom He sent into the world to be our Savior. 

Hebrews 1:1-3 says, "He is the express image of His person." 

(See also 2 Corinthians 4:4; Philippians 2:6; Colossians 1:15.)

    If you want to know who God is and what He is like, study the life of Christ. 

Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father."  (John 14:9)

    Jesus is "God with us, Immanuel." (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 1:1-8; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-5, 14-18.)

    John 1:18 in the Amplified Bible says, "No man has ever seen God at any time;

the only unique Son, the only begotten God, who is in the bosom

(that is, in the intimate presence) of the Father, He has declared Him,

brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known."


    The Bible is the only Book to prophesy the future with complete accuracy which is proof of its validity. 

In John 17:17 Jesus said, "Thy word is truth." How, then, can we not accept its truthful picture of God,

from Genesis to Revelation. It tells of His existence. 

To understand Him, as much as it is possible, you must study all of it.


    So this is the God of the Bible: an awesome, inexhaustible subject that no book can contain,

nor human mind comprehend.

 I Timothy 6:15&16 says, "God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. 

To him be honor and might forever. Amen."


    He is the One and only God, Who alone is immortal, the Almighty (All Powerful),

Most High, Preeminent Sovereign Potentate (Ruler of All, King of Kings and Lord of Lords). 

He is Life, the Source of all life, Creator, Self-existent and Eternal.

 He is Spirit, Invisible and not subject to time or space.  He is Holy and Perfect;

All Seeing; All Knowing and Wise; and Everywhere Present.

    He exists in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    He is righteous and just, incorruptible and unchangeable. 

He is the Prince of Peace, our loving Father and Redeemer,

Who loved us so much that He sent His Only Son to pay the penalty for our sin with His Own Life. 

(John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:1-4)

He is deserving and worthy of our worship, praise, honor and glory.

Read Job 40:3-5 and 42:1-6; Isaiah 6:1-6; Exodus 3:1-6 and Revelation 1:17&18

 to see how the Holy and Awesome God affected these men when they encountered Him. 

They fell down and worshiped.


I will list some of God's attributes with Scripture references but this list is by no means exhaustive.

1.    One and Only God:

I Corinthians 8:4, "There is no other God but one."
         I Timothy 2:5, "One God"
Isaiah 44:6, "Beside Me there is no God."
Isaiah 43:10&11, "Before Me there was no god"
Isaiah 45:5-8, "There is no other; there is none besides Me."

2.    Most High, Almighty:
Daniel 4:25; 5:21, "the Most High rules over the kingdom of men;"
Isaiah 9:6, "mighty God"
Job 11:7&8; Revelation 1:8, "Almighty"
See also Daniel 4:3; Isaiah 57:15.

3.    Pre-eminent, Supreme Ruler, Sovereign:
Colossians 1:18, "supremacy;"
I Timothy 6:15, "Only Potentate"
Daniel 4:25, "Sovereign (NIV rules)"
         Luke 1:32&33, "of His kingdom there will be no end."

4.    King of Kings, Lord of Lords:
Revelation 17:14; 19:16
I Timothy 6:15, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords"
Isaiah 6:5; 24:23, "The King, the Lord of Hosts."
         Jeremiah 51:57 "The King Whose name is the Lord of Hosts"
        See also Hebrews 1:8

5.    Source of Life, Creator:
a.    Creator:
Genesis 1:1
Jeremiah 27:5
Revelation 4:11, "You created all things:"
Psalm 94:9-11
Acts 17:24-28
b.    Source of Life:
     Job 33:4,"the breath of the Almighty gave me life."
    Acts 17:25

6.    Worthy of Worship, Honor, Praise and Glory:
     Matthew 4:10; 6:9
         I Timothy 6:15 
Romans 1:18-32
Revelation 4:8-11, "He is worthy to receive glory, honor, power and worship"
         Revelation 5:11-14.
        Jude 25
        Psalm 18:3

7.    Eternal, Immortal, Self-existent:
I Timothy 6:15&16, "who alone is immortal"
Deuteronomy 33:27, "the eternal God;"
Isaiah 9:6, "everlasting Father;"
Revelation 1:8, "Who was, and is, and is to come;"
Romans 1:20, "eternal power;"
Revelation 5:14, "Who lives forever and ever"
Luke 1:33
Exodus 3:13-15
Habakkuk 1:12, "everlasting;"
Psalm 90:2, "from everlasting to everlasting Thou art God."
Acts 14:15, "the living God"
I Timothy 1:17, "Immortal"
John 5:26, "The Father has life in Himself"

8.    Spirit, Invisible:
a.    Invisible:
I John 4:12, "No one has seen God at any time."
I Timothy 1:17
Colossians 1:15
I Timothy 6:16
        b.    Spirit:
            John 4:24, "God is Spirit."
I Corinthians 2:10
Acts 17:22-29 
Genesis 1:2 
Job 33:4, "Spirit of God has made me"

9.    Triune (exists in three persons):
a.    Trinity:
Isaiah 48:12-16
Mark 1:9-11 (Jesus' baptism)
Matthew 28:19 (the Great Commission)
        b.    Three persons called God:
1.    Romans 1:7, "God our Father"
2.    Hebrews 1:8, "of the Son it says, 'Thy throne, O God,'"
Philippians 2:5-11
            3.    Holy Spirit, Acts 5:3&4
I Corinthians 2:10-12

10.    All Powerful: 
Genesis 18:14 
Job 42:2
Matthew 19:26
Matthew 8:27
Psalm 139:7-10

11.    Omnipresent (everywhere present):
I Kings 8:27, "the heavens cannot contain thee"
Matthew 28:20, "I am with you always,"
Ephesians 1:23, "Him Who fills all in all" 
2 Chronicles 6:18, "the heaven of heavens cannot contain you"
Jeremiah 23:23&24, "I fill heaven and earth."

12.    He is Wise and has all knowledge:
a.    Wise:
Romans 16:27
Romans 11:33-36 "wisdom of God"
Jude 25
b.    Has all knowledge:
Psalm 139:1-3 
Psalm 147:5, "His understanding has no limits."
Job 37:16, "Who is perfect in knowledge."
 
13.    All Seeing:
Proverbs 15:3, "the eyes of the LORD are in every place;" 
Jeremiah 23:23&24, "Can any man hide so I shall not see him."
Psalm 139

14.    Holy:
Revelation 4:8, "holy, Holy, Holy"
Habakkuk 1:12
I Peter 1:15&16,"I AM Holy;"
Isaiah 57:15
Isaiah 41:14,"the Holy One of Israel"

15.    Righteous and Just:
    a.    Righteous
Psalm 116:5
Psalm 11:7
Jeremiah 23:6
Psalm 145:17
2 Timothy 4:8
b.    Just
I John 1:9
Acts 3:14
Revelation 15:3-4

16.     Incorruptible, Unchangeable:
a.    Unchangeable:
Malachi 3:6, "I the LORD do not change."
Psalm 102:25-27, "You are the same."
James 1:17, "no variableness"
        b.    Incorruptible:
            Zephaniah 3:5, He will do no unrighteousness."
            Romans 1:23, "the incorruptible God"

17.     Perfect:
I Peter 1:15&16
Zephaniah 3:5
Deuteronomy 32:4, "His work is perfect"
Matthew 5:48 (NKJV), "your Father in Heaven is perfect."
Psalm 18:30, "His way is perfect."

18.    Loving and Merciful:
    a.    Loving:
John 3:16
I John 4:8-16
I Peter 5:7, "Casting all your care upon Him because He cares for you."
Romans 5:8
b.    Merciful:
    Psalm 103:8
    Deuteronomy 4:31

19.    Father:
John 14:6
Romans 1:7
Matthew 6:9
Isaiah 9:6

20.    Prince and God of Peace:
Isaiah 9:6, "Prince of Peace"
I Thessalonians 5:23, "God of peace"

21.    Redeemer and Savior:
Zechariah:9:9
Isaiah 41:14
Jude 25, "God our Savior"
Isaiah 43:11
Isaiah 60:16


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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

 

"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"

              ~ Acts 2:21b

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Come, everyone who thirst, come to the waters...

            ~  Isaiah 55:1a


Jesus said unto her,

"Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

           ~ John 4:13,14


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God's Simple Plan of Salvation in Various Languages:

How Do I Become a Christian - Receive Jesus as My Savior


Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?


Now that you have believed the Gospel:

that Christ died for your sins

according to the Scripture,

was buried and raised on the third day

according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

and have asked Jesus Christ

to forgive you of your sins,

what should you do next?


The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible

if you do not already have one.

There are a number of accurate,

easy to understand modern translations.

Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading.

You wouldn't start any other book in the middle

and then hop from place to place,

so don't do it with the Bible.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books.

For of them, called Gospels,

tell about the life of Jesus.

I would encourage you to read all four of them

in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John

and then read through the

rest of the New Testament.


The second thing you need to do

is to begin praying on a regular basis.

Praying is just talking to God,

and while you do need to be respectful,

you do not need to use special language.

The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    is a great pattern for praying.

Thank God for what He has done for you.

Admit it to Him when you sin

and ask Him to forgive you.

(He promises that He will.)

And ask God for the things you need.


The third thing that you need to do

is to find a good church.

Good churches teach that the entire Bible

is God's Word, talk about why Jesus

died on the cross, and are full of good people

whose lives are being changed

by their relationship with God.

The most obvious evidence that a person is in

a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ

is how they treat people.


Jesus said,

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another." - John 13:35

If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School

classes for new Christians, try to attend.


There are many exciting things to learn

as you get to know God better.

God has plans for you.

Jesus said

"I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full."

God "has given us everything we need for life

and godliness through our knowledge of Him.

who called us by His own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3


As you read your Bible,

pray and get involved in a good church,

God will begin to change your life in ways

that you never dreamed were possible and

fill you with love and joy

and peace and real purpose.


May God bless you as you follow Him.


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