Beginning Study


It is obvious that God did not remove Himself from the world when Adam and Eve turned away from Him. It is obvious that He did not remove Himself from the world when Noah’s generation totally forgot about Him. It is obvious that He continued to be a part of the nation of Israel when His chosen people so often left Him. God longs to be a part of His creation. The tragedy is that His creation often does not want to be a part of God and His holiness.
God’s plan wherever you might be involves Him and You.
 
God’s eternal plan was to establish the church. What might not be immediately obvious is that from the time sin entered the world His plan was to ultimately find its perfection in the coming of Jesus and the establishment of the church. Paul describes it using these words, “That in the…fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ” (Eph. 1:10). Both Jew and Gentile were to be reconciled “to God in one body through the cross” (Eph. 2:16). His plan was to establish His one body and that body is the church (Eph. 1:22-23).
 
God’s eternal plan was for the church to reveal Him to all mankind. The beauty of this plan is seen in the Sermon on the Mount. In the beginning of the Savior’s work, He talked about the attitude His followers should have. They were to be poor in spirit, to be meek, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be pure in heart and to be peacemakers. When those who followed Him had embraced these beatitudes, they would become the salt of the earth and the light in His world.
God’s eternal plan was for you to reveal Him by being the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This is where each of us must realize that while we might think our lives do not matter, God does not see it that way! He never removed Himself from the world, and He has no intention of removing Himself today. The only way this plan could fail is for us to remove ourselves from the world. We must not let Him down!
 
God’s plan is powerful, for both salt and light are powerful. Salt seems so small and so insignificant, but food without salt is “tasteless.” Even the smallest light means so much in the midnight darkness. Hidden lights placed under a bushel are worthless, and salt “…if it loses its flavor is…good for nothing” (Matt. 5:13).
Is God’s plan working in America today? That depends on you! Think about this. What if every Christian in this land were exactly like you in the way you are seasoning and lighting the world? God longs to be a part of this great land, and His eternal plan to be a part of it includes each of us. God help us to be His salt and His lights!

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 5:24
 

Is your belief enough to enter eternity with God?

 
To pass “from death to life.”  To not “come into judgment,” which means to not come into what the Greek calls krisis, condemnation.  To have the “eternal life” that is God’s free gift rather than the second death of hell which we deserve because of our sin (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8)!  What a high, undeserved honor!  What a wonderful thing it will be to hear those sweet words from the King of kings:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21).  Do you want those wonderful words to be said to you?  I know I do…
 
Look very carefully at what the Master says in today’s Scripture of the Day.  These blessings of eternal life and the passing over of judgment from death to life come to “whoever” does two things:  the one who “hears my word and believes him who sent me.”
 
The Psalmist wrote that the “blessed” man “who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” is one whose “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:1-2).  The apostle wrote that Christians are to long for “the pure milk of the Word” like a newborn longs for milk (1 Pet. 2:2), and that we are to diligently grow in “knowledge” if we are to have that “entrance into the eternal kingdom” provided for us (2 Pet. 1:5-11; 3:18).  The faith which pleases God (Heb. 11:6) and saves us (John 5:24; 3:16) comes from hearing “the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).  Friend, how well do you hear God’s Word?  How often do you meditate upon it?  Day and night…or once a week for a couple of minutes?  Have you ever read the entire Bible?  If not, why?  If you want to escape the judgment of God and walk into an eternal life of bliss, take Jesus’ promise to heart.  Hear his Word.
 
Not only that, but believe in the God who sent Jesus.  This faith consists more of a belief in the existence of God, but also that he “rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6).  It must be stronger than the faith of demons, for they too believe in God (James 2:19).  No, this belief in God consists of such a strong spiritual, mental, and intellectual conviction and trust that it prompts unhesitating obedience (James 2:14-26).  It was this kind of faith that prompted Noah to obey God in building an ark (Heb. 11:7), Abraham to obey God by moving his family to places unknown and being willing to sacrifice his son (Heb. 11:8-10, 17-19), and Moses to give up “the fleeting pleasures of sin” in Egypt in order to serve God by leading Israel out of slavery through the Red Sea (Heb. 11:24-29).  It is this faith that will prompt you and me to obey the will of our God as revealed in his Word, no matter what the cost.
 

Do you want eternal life?  Hear, believe, and obey…


There is no speech or language spoken anywhere on this earth where the heavens and earth do not declare there is a God (Psa. 19:1). By simply looking around, every man can know that God exists. However, though nature reveals His existence, it does not reveal His will for me. Yet, for me to serve God, I must know His will and what He wants me to do.
 
Look at the following truths about knowing His will.
 
Has God’s will for me been revealed?
 
For me to know His will He must reveal it to me. Without a revelation from Him, I cannot even be sure of His nature. Do I judge Him by the ravaging storms with their attendant thunder, lightning and destruction or by the beauty of the sun rising or setting? Do I judge Him by the blessings of children or by the untimely death of a child? There must be more than nature. I can know God exists, but until He shows His will, there is nothing I can do to know how to serve Him.
 
God must reveal Himself to me in a way I can know His revelation is really from Him. It stands to reason that part of His revelation demands that I can know that the Creator truly has spoken to me. Common sense shows that this revelation cannot be surrounded by subjective ideas which come into my head. If He fails to show His will in a way that I can know the message is from Him, then it must be given to me in uncertainty with “holy hunches” being His method. How could I ever be sure it is from Him and not from evil, anti-
 
God forces in this world? There must be accompanying evidences of His power when He reveals Himself.
 
God must reveal His will to me in a way I can understand it. If God’s revelation is only to a few chosen ones, then there is no way for me to find it if I am not one of those few. If He reveals Himself only to those highly educated or those having great riches, then most of mankind will be left out. There are millions with greater education and greater wealth than me. For the common man to know His will, it must be understandable for him.
 
What if He has not revealed Himself? If God has not revealed His will in a way I can know it is from Him and can understand it, then I stand helpless before Him. I have no roadmap or compass for my life, and there is no need for me to seek to find one. He might exist, but I have no choice except to ignore Him.
 
What if He has revealed Himself? On the other hand, if God has revealed His will to me in a way I can know it is from Him and can understand it, then I must seek to please Him. Will you take time to think about the fact that a man named Jesus lived on this earth and claimed He was God’s avenue of revelation of Himself? Sober-minded men must examine the evidence.
Are you sober-minded?
Are you ignoring Him?
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