Knowing God — Evanston Baptist Church
God loves you and created you to know Him personally. God did not create out of lack of anything in Himself, but as a demonstration of His love.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
People are sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love and plan.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
People were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. Whether active rebellion or passive indifference, our self-will is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Whatever our attempts to “be good” or earn God’s favor, it isn’t enough to bridge the gap between our sinfulness and God’s holiness. There are eternal consequences of sin:
“For the wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God]
But this is not where the story stops.
God responded. He created provision for our sin through Jesus Christ. Through Him alone we can enter into relationship with the God of the universe. Jesus took on our sin, and died in our place, that we might be presented righteous before God.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“…Christ died for our sins…He was buried, He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred…”
(1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
When faced with this information, we are called to make a decision. We must individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord before we can know God personally – this happens through faith alone.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Receiving Christ involves turning to God in repentance, and trusting Christ to come into our lives and forgive us of our sins. It involves a surrender of our will and a trust in God’s goodness and plans. Through accepting Christ as Savior, we can experience God now and we have the hope of an eternity in Heaven with God.