The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is: “Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer” (Rom. 12:12). How do we remain rejoicing and devoted to prayer when in tribulation? How do we go forward in our relationship with our Father when He...
Gospel of Jesus Christ
If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, Savior of all mankind and you have not pledged alliance to Him and inherited the promise of Eternal Life when He returns to rule the earth, then please take a moment to read the brief presentation of the Gospel (Good News) below:
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Before God, we are all GUILTY of sin. Whether we BELIEVE it or not, our SINS can NEVER remain CONCEALED, because the thoughts and intents of our heart are KNOWN to God. Everything is EXPOSED to God, and we must all give ACCOUNT on Judgment Day. Therefore, the only option available to us is to CONFESS our sin, REPENT of our transgression, and obtain mercy at the hands of Jesus Christ, Who will INTERCEDE for us before the Heavenly Father.
If we do not, then our GUILT remains on our head, and we must bear the punishment without the intercession of Jesus Christ that REMOVES the guilt of our sin. That punishment is separation from God in hell, which is what Jesus ENDURED in His death on the CROSS when He took the sins of all MANKIND upon Himself and bore our guilt and the guilt of the whole world before God.
Thankfully for BELIEVERS, Jesus rose again, entered into Heaven, and INTERCEDES for those who accept His ATONEMENT for their sins. Believers have thus PARTED with the guilt of their sin before God. If we FORSAKE our sin and accept Jesus’ substitution of Himself in our place on “death row,” we should be confident that we are no longer deemed GUILTY before God, and we will be with Him in ETERNITY because Jesus has been made the Truth, the Life, and the Way to God.
Jesus is God’s mercy towards us, so “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16b). Even so, Amen.
Please put your faith in Jesus today and be saved from death and an eternity of separation from God in hell.
Begin by praying (talking to God). First, confess your sins to Jesus - we are all sinners - acknowledge you are a sinner and deserve the death that Jesus suffered in your place.
Repent of your sin and put your trust, your faith, and your belief in Jesus Christ. Ask Jesus into your life, to be your King and your Lord and receive the free gift of God that you could never earn yourself by good works or great deeds: Eternal Life and an inheritance that will never perish, reserved for you in Heaven. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).
Understand that you are not entering into a relationship with Jesus lightly - you are acknowledging Him as your King, your sovereign before Whom you will one day bow and give an account of what you have done while in the body here on earth.
Also understand that while we are promised unimaginable glory when Jesus returns and we are blessed immensely here on earth in our relationship with Jesus - given great strength through His gift of the Holy Spirit - we are not free form sufferings, trials, and difficulties. Becoming a follower of Jesus is not a path to prosperity in the world. Jesus warned His followers that they would be persecuted in the world for their allegiance and faith in Him:
"Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also'" (John 15:20).
The Apostle Paul reminded us that as Believers in Jesus, we are the adopted Children of God: "and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him" (Romans 8:18).
Although we often suffer for our faith in Jesus in this brief life here, We will be glorified and given a great inheritance in the vast depth of eternity when Jesus returns.
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18).
"But if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name" (1 Peter 4:16).
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 1:3-5).
These verses are from the Bible. Get a copy of the Word of God (the Bible) and begin reading it. Try reading the Gospels first, perhaps beginning with the Gospel according to John. These are the accounts of Jesus - what He said and taught and what He did for all mankind. Become acquainted with God's Word.
Finally, seek out a Body (church) of other Believers who can help you grow in your understanding of the Word of God and in your maturity as a Believer.