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Knowing God Personally

God knows everything about us since He created us.

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. (Ps.139:1-2 NLT)

We cannot know God unless He reveals Himself to us.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. (Heb.1:1-3 GNT)

Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal God to us and to reconcile us with Him.

Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. (Col.1:15-19 GNT)
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me” (Jn.14:6 GNT)

The Bible says that God will accept anyone as His child provided he/she acknowledges Jesus as his/her Savior and Lord.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. (Jn.1:10-13 NLT)

Jesus promises to come into your life if you invite Him. He, then, assures you of His ever abiding presence with you.

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in…” (Rev.3:20 NLT)
“…God has said, “I will never leave you or let you be alone.” (Heb.13:5 NLV)

You can accept His invitation and ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord in the following words:

Lord Jesus, Thank you for loving me enough to die on the cross for me. I open the door of my life to you and invite you to live in me as my Saviour and Lord. Forgive my sins. Thank you for the assurance that you will never leave me. Amen.

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Starting Right

The Bible says that God created us in His image, with the ability to think, relate and choose. He wants us to have unhindered relationship and constant communion with Him.

Broken Relationship

But sin has separated us from God. We try in vain to please God through our charity, piety and religious rituals. The Bible says that no one is made right with God through his/her own efforts. God’s justice is far beyond our reach, so no one can satisfy it and justify himself before God. Hence, God in His love offers a way for us to reconcile with Him through the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus who paid the price for our sins. Thus God has made Jesus the only Saviour of His creation.

Reconciliation

All those who believe what Jesus has accomplished through His death on the cross and accept Him as their Saviour, Lord and God will be reconciled with God. God will forgive their sins and accept them as His children. This is called regeneration or a new birth. Jesus will live in them and remain with them for ever. This is the assurance of the Bible. One who has made such a decision is a Christian. The Bible makes it clear that no one is born as a Christian, but has to be born again.

New Life

The Christian life, according to the Bible, is a new life. As we continue to yield to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our attitudes, thoughts, words and actions will be renewed by the Spirit of God. God our heavenly Father loves to commune with us and reveal His plans for us. This is understood by regular study of God’s Word, prayer and fellowship with other Christians.

Jesus Christ the Incomparable

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt. 17: 1-13)

This is a passage that vividly portrays Jesus as the Son of God and superior to all the heroes of the Bible. Living with Jesus for a couple of years already the disciples could not recognize Him at times. However, when two people appeared before Jesus on that mountain they could without a doubt say they were Moses and Elijah. Even the glorious appearance of the Lord Jesus did not make as much impact as the presence of these two heroes.

Never equate Jesus to any other human
Peter so moved by the sight expressed his desire to be there for longer. He offered to make tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. He still has not understood that the one with whom they were living is the God of Moses and Elijah, the Creator God who became human. He equated Jesus with them and proposed similar dwelling places for all.

Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between man and God (1 Tim. 2:5). There is no other advocate who can argue our case before the throne of God. All others are His creation and He is the very God who stepped down into time to save us.

God commands us to listen to Jesus
As soon as the suggestion to put the saints on the same pedestal as Jesus was put forth, God audibly corrected them, as at the time of His baptism, saying Jesus was His beloved Son and they should listen to Him. By hiding the heroes under the clouds God focused their attention on His Son and the Savior of the world.

Focus on Jesus and follow Him.

Encountering the Savior

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Mt. 14:22-36)

After feeding a crowd of more than 5000, Jesus sent His disciples away in a boat to the other side while He went up the mountain to commune with the Father. This intimate communion with the Father was an integral part of His life and ministry on the earth. This kept Jesus focused on His mission.

Casual following
It was obvious that quite a good portion of the crowd followed Him for the fringe benefits of food and healing. Some followed for the fun of watching the miracles. It took time for the truth to sink into many minds as to who they were following.

Jesus prayed all night through and came to the disciples some time between 3.00 and 6.00 am., that too walking through the waves that were rocking their boat. The disciples felt they were going to confront some ghost and were alarmed. Then Jesus reveals His identity and comforts them. Disciples were still in the process of their encounter with their Savior.

Result of an encounter
Peter the smart had a bright idea. He wanted to experience the thrill of walking on water. So he asks the Lord to command that wish into effect. The Lord does not mind our childish adventures and He orders. Peter walked up to Jesus on the water looking at Him alone. When he felt confident of himself he looked around and saw the waves. “When he saw the wind” he realized that he was surrounded by the deep waters. His focus shifted for a little while from the Master and he started sinking. The Lord had to lift him up by the hand. They got into the boat and the wind stopped. The disciples were watching all this in amazement. They had to rewrite their impression of Jesus in their own minds at that moment. And the result! They recognized who Jesus really is and responded to His Majesty.

Only a true encounter with Jesus, through His Word the Bible, can open the eyes of people and enable them to recognize who He really is. Until then people will casually follow Him and later disown Him for their own doom. A true and honest encounter with Jesus will compel anyone to worship Him, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

The Principle of Redemption

For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exo.12:12-13 ESV)

The Lord revealed to the people of Israel His principle of redemption. It was through the death of the unblemished lamb whose blood would cover them from disaster. In 12:22 we see that they were asked to remain within the blood-marked shelter for their protection. This is the same principle operating for the Church today. The blood of the Lamb of God- Jesus Christ would cover everyone who would come under its shelter by faith.

Unblemished substitute

You and I are without excuse before the holy God whose justice says that a sinner should die. We can not pay the penalty and live. No one else can do it for us except a sinless person. That is the reason Jesus had to come as a human.

The Passover was a foreshadow of the greater plan of salvation God had for the entire world. The blood of the Passover lamb was the cover for the people of Israel that saved them on the day of destruction. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the holy Lamb of God is the cover for anyone who takes refuge beneath it. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sins the moment we acknowledge Him as our Savior. What a consolation for us that we don’t have to die in our own sins because Jesus swapped it with us. Only Jesus could do this because He was the unblemished Lamb of God, the sinless Son of God, who became our substitute.

No bones broken

The Passover lamb had to be unblemished and none of its bones were to be broken. This points to the Lamb of God Jesus and His death on the cross. In John 19:36 we read about Him that none of His bones were broken though there was a custom of breaking the bones of the criminal.

Have you come under this ‘blood-cover’? Thank God if you have. Let’s share this good news with others and invite many into this ‘shelter’ from sin and death.

God’s Sovereign Choices

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Rom.1:1-6)

God in His wisdom chooses ways and means to accomplish His purposes. He has planned eternity, and time in between. He planned time in detail, such minute detail that man took  several millennia to unravel some of the simplest of things He has designed.

The Choice of God’s Son

The Triune God chose God the Son from among themselves to be the Savior of the world. God promised this Good News from the very beginning of creation, right in the garden of Eden itself, when He announced the destiny of Satan (Gen.3:15). The “seed of the woman” would crush Satan’s head, which Jesus did on the cross. There was a graphical display of this in the garden when God killed an animal to clothe the sinners (Gen.3:21), a foreshadow of the perfect sacrifice that would take away the sins of the entire mankind.

Then, the promise of the coming Son of David was repeated through prophets and recorded in the Scriptures so people can refer back to it and see the plan of God. Paul reminds us that this was a mystery until it was revealed through the life, death and resurrection of the son of Mary, descendant of David (Rom.16:25; Eph.1:9; 3:3-9; 6:19; Col.1:26-27; 2:2; 4:3). He was full human as he was a descendant of David and proved his deity by being raised from death as the Son of God.

The Choice of God’s Servants

God has chosen people to be His servants and messengers from time to time. Paul talks about his being chosen and sent to be a messenger of this good news about God’s Son Jesus Christ. He was drafted by God as an apostle to carry this message when he was an enemy of this message. Paul takes credit in the fact that he is a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Choice of God’s People

Other believers in the churches that he planted were called by God through the obedience of Paul to his call. All those who were willing to listen to the Gospel, believe in God’s Son and obey the call of God were chosen to be God’s own people. Peter describes them as “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God”. This choice is absolutely God’s initiative and we can have no claims whatsoever.

God is calling people unto himself through His beloved Son Jesus Christ wherever the good news of the Gospel is proclaimed.