Searching For Truth - God's Plan For You

Posted by Elaine August 03, 2019 at 12:00 AM AEST

In Romans chapter 1 the Bible, God warns us that our actions bring consequences of ignoring His offers of love and forgiveness…

Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral…God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being.

So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialised themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. Romans 1:18-23

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God’s Plan for You…
The free gift in a cereal box might be priceless in the eyes of a child, but as he grows up, he quickly realises the worthlessness of the shiny, plastic ring or the baseball card printed with cheap ink on cheap paper.

The free gift that God offers is truly priceless, and it never loses its value. What is this free gift? “The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

For sin’s meager wages is death, but God’s lavish gift is life eternal, found in your union with our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. Romans 6:23 TPT

Arguably, the most important question that can ever be asked and correctly answered is “What must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30 NLT

Many works of men claim to tell us the answer to this question; however, we must remember that it is God who we will give an account to, not men. Romans 14:12

As God is the only One able to offer salvation, only He can answer this question. Where can the answer be found? It is found only in Scripture (the Bible).

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Ultimately, the gift of salvation is free, and there is nothing a person can do to earn his or her own salvation Ephesians 2:8

God has done His part in what it takes for our sins to be forgiven – 1 John 4:8-10

It was before we knew we needed salvation, while we were enemies with God, Christ died for our sins – Romans 5:10

However, like all gifts, we must accept the gift of salvation. “How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Hebrews 2:3

What is it that we are seeking salvation from? We are seeking salvation from our sins and the eternal consequences of those sins. Those consequences are eternal destruction and being away from the presence of the Lord forever. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

Since God is perfect, our imperfections separate us from God, and our sins make it impossible for God to look at us. Isaiah 59:1-2

Jesus Christ is coming back one day to divide all of mankind into two groups: the goats and the sheep. Matthew 25:32-33

To the sheep, Jesus will say, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25:34

To the goats, He will say, “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41

There is no one who desires to hear the latter of the two. The question is, if the Lord were to come right now, which of the two would you hear?

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We can know we have eternal life! 1 John 5:13

When the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, he knew that he had eternal life. He said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

Do you want to know you have eternal life? If you died today, or if the Lord were to come back right now, would you go home with Jesus to heaven forever?

Before we can even know what God wants from us, we must first hear (or read) God’s Word. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

As we travel through the Scriptures, we will quickly learn who the Main Character is. That is, Jesus, the Christ. Our primary goal is to be with our Father in heaven.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

He also said, “unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24

After hearing the Word, next, we must believe that Jesus is who the Bible says He is. So, who is Jesus?

He is the Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6

Jesus is the Messiah, Son of God – Mark 1:1

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:1-3

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:9-10://

Jesus is also the mediator between God and man. 1 Timothy 2:5-6

A mediator is a go-between for two parties (like a bridge between two lands- you cannot get from one side to the other, except across the bridge).

Why do we need a mediator? We are separated from God because of our sins. Isaiah 59:1-2

Jesus is the only human to have ever existed without sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21;
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.Hebrews 4:15

Since we have all sinned. Romans 3:23, and since our sins separate us from God, only Jesus can be the bridge between God and mankind. He is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Romans 5:10

Jesus said, “unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24.

Do you believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to become a mediator between you and God and to become a sacrifice for you? Philippians 2:8

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Third, to be cleansed of our sins, we must repent of our sins. Our Savior said, “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3

“I tell you, no! Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:5

To have forgiveness of our sins, Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

Walking toward sin is simultaneously walking away from God. Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of action – example: Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

There must be a deep, godly sorrow in our innermost being, understanding that we are separated from God, and that we need forgiveness. Before we can begin walking toward God, we must first turn from sin. Then, we can begin traveling in the opposite direction of sin: toward God.

We give up sin in order to serve the One True God.

Fourth, the Bible says we can be saved if we confess our belief in Christ with our mouths. Romans 10:9-10

Jesus said if we confess Him before men, He will confess us before God
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33

Finally, we must be immersed (baptized) in water. Acts 8:36-37

There are many blessings found in Christ.
We are


EMPOWERED BY GOD’S FREE FLOWING SPIRIT, which is your true strength, found in the anointing of Jesus and your union with him – 2 Timothy 2:1 TPT

He offers us:
So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.2 Timothy 2:10

God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. Colossians 1:13-14 MSG

Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. Romans 6:23

We must be in Christ to receive these blessings. How do we get into Christ?

Jesus said, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved” – Mark 16:16

When we obey Jesus’ commandment, God washes our sins away – Acts 22:16

In baptism we show that we have been saved from death and doom by the resurrection of Christ; not because our bodies are washed clean by the water but because in being baptized we are turning to God and asking him to cleanse our hearts from sin.1 Peter 3:21,

It was faith that immersed you into Jesus, the Anointed One, and now you are covered and clothed with his anointing. Galatians 3:27 TPT.

There is only one way to God. That is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6

There is only one baptism. Ephesians 4:4-5.

Have you obeyed God? He says:
“If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. John 14:15;

…but if you decide against accepting Jesus there are consequences. See here – Mark 16:16

If you died today, or if the Lord were to come back right now, would you go home with Jesus to heaven forever?

As you have traveled the Scriptures to answer the most important question, you must answer one question from God: “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” Acts 22:16

If you have any further questions regarding the salvation found in the Bible, do not hesitate to ask us. If we can be of any assistance in your obeying God’s Word, please let us know.

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“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” John 8:32

Do you know where you’re going when you die? What if the Lord were to come right now? Would you go home with Him forever?

From God’s plan for you