How to Know God

Left to our own resources we can never come to know God in truth. Man has invented many gods and countless religions, but by himself he is unable to find the true and living God. How then can we ever come to know the Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth? Quite simply, God must reveal Himself; that is the only way. The following exercise will demonstrate the problem we face in knowing God. Imagine there are two people on your computer screen. These flat people have height and width, but no depth. They are two-dimensional. The computer screen is the extent of their world. Can they see you? No. They can see only what's on the screen (in their world). They have no depth perception. Now use your finger to touch your computer screen. Now can they see you? They cannot see all of you, but they can see the tip of your finger, the part that has entered their world. That is a crude analogy of our situation with God. Since God must exist in at least eleven dimensions, and we exist in four, we cannot detect Him if He remains outside our world. We cannot know God unless He reveals Himself. In other words, He must "touch the screen" of our world. This analogy is crude because, in reality, there are many more dimensions separating us from God than those separating you from the "screen people." The extent and nature of God's existence are unfathomable. The "Finger" of God As we study human history, especially religious history, do we find any instances where God "touched the screen" of our world? Do we find episodes of a multi- and extra-dimensional God entering our realm? God's "finger" has touched our world, in a person known as Jesus Christ. Jesus claimed to be God {John 17:3, 12:44; 5:19.}, told people that He was the God of the Old Testament {John 8:58, 10:30; Revelation 1:17 cf. 1:8 and Isaiah 44:6 and 48:12}, said that to see Him was to see God {John 14:9}, said that He was the only person who had ever seen God {John 6:46}, said that He was the only person who had come directly from God to our world {John 3:13}, and forgave people of their sins {Matthew 9:2, 9:5; Mark 2:5, 2:9; Luke 5:20, 5:23, 7:48} (which only God can do). Many other passages of the God-inspired Bible also affirm Jesus' deity {John 1:3, 1:4, 1:18; Hebrews 1:1-13; Colossians 1:1520, 2:9}. He was God in the flesh {John 1:1, 1:14}. Jesus' claims to be God may seem extravagant to us. But if we are the "screen people" and He is the "finger" that has touched the screen, then His claims make sense. The multi-dimensional Creator God entered our four-dimensional world by becoming a human being. But why did God enter our world? We get a clue from Jesus' name, which means salvation. Our Spiritual Limitations Just as God's existence is far beyond our own, so is His character and behavior. He is holy and righteous. Holy means that God is separate, other; righteous means that He is perfectly good. God is thus set apart from man, who is sinful.
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Where are you Today? Are you relying on your own goodness for a relationship with God? Are you following rituals that you think will put you in God's favor? The Bible says. How did He take away our sin? He did this by being crucified (an ancient form of execution). so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God" {2 Corinthians 5:21. who are imperfect. in place of the people. He has given us a way unto salvation. Therefore.Sin is a word that means "missing the mark.. The problem with relying on our good deeds is that--even if they "outweigh" our bad ones--our bad deeds still separate us from relationship with God who is perfect. Jesus Christ. In this way God's justice is satisfied and our sins are removed. so that no one can boast" {Ephesians 2:8-9}. means we are actually trusting in ourselves rather than in God's solution for our sin. This. We are then to live a life of obedience. The innocent lamb or goat was punished for the sins of the people. Jesus the Lamb of God. and to take advantage of God's loving offer by placing our reliance upon His solution for our sin. through faith. So how can we. "For it is by grace you have been saved. You might be asking yourself. Many world religions say that a person can have salvation through good deeds. however. Our responsibility is to admit and turn away from our sins. There is no boasting before God. 2 of 5 . was punished for our sins. Since God is holy. What follows will be a relationship with God in which God will change us. but rather in Jesus who was perfect on our behalf. How does this work? The Old Testament sacrificial system of the Israelites pictured what God would accomplish when Jesus was crucified: a lamb or goat was slain to atone for (pay for) the sins of the people. and that way is Jesus Christ who died on our behalf. The Bible says that "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us. God placed our sins upon Jesus so that our sins would no longer separate us from God. He does not leave us as orphans. and our character and behavior miss the mark." God's holiness is the bull’s-eye. This indwelling of God enables us and motivates us to do good deeds and to be free from our compulsion to sin. to ask God's forgiveness. we must not trust in our imperfect selves. the ultimate Lamb of God. He was punished in our place. "So what's the big deal about that?" The importance of sin is relevant when we consider a relationship with God. Jesus' sacrificial death. So. He demands holy relationships.it is the gift of God--not by works. with reverence for and humility before God. Jesus (Salvation) was "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" {John 1:29}.. and dependence upon His empowerment to live a life that honors Him. have a perfect relationship with Him in His perfection? The "Lamb" of God Our sin separates us from God. or not have them at all. We must rely upon Him in order to be forgiven of sin and to be granted eternal life. so God came into the world to be the solution for our sin. What's Our Responsibility? Our responsibility is to rely upon Jesus--God's means of our salvation. see also 1 John 2:2}. paving the way for the perfect relationships God must have. but comes to reside spiritually within us through His Holy Spirit. Another way of stating it: God who is perfect must have perfect relationships with others. too.

to be the offering for our sin. (Romans 6:23) We have all sinned so we all deserve the punishment for sin. Jesus was speaking of the spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst we have until we come to know God through Him. As created beings. All have sinned. Admit your need of forgiveness and ask God to forgive you for all the wrongs you've ever committed. and thank Him for the relationship that He graciously offers you. (Romans 3:23) God has a standard by which we must live. The very first sin recorded in the Bible resulted from someone being deceived into thinking they could be God. Jesus is the Word of God. and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" {John 6:35}. Here are six verses from the Bible you need to understand: 1. It is the oldest lie in the book. The wages of sin is death. Are you thinking that life is more fulfilling without God? This. We are not God. is a great deception. the perfect image of the invisible God. but nothing could be farther from the truth. too. and failing to live up to this standard is sin. we are judged on what we have done with our lives. 2.Are you thinking that you yourself are God. Admit your selfcentered ways. the decisions we make on earth have eternal consequences. The only thing that will save us from being condemned is to accept Jesus as our savior. None of us can attain this therefore we all have sinned. 3. Jesus had that in mind when He said: "He who comes to me will never go hungry. but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. We never will be God. the truth. (2 Corinthians 5:21) 3 of 5 . born of a virgin Mary. who never sinned. Don't fall for that deception. Do you want to know God? Jesus came to this earth in human form. 4. We have been created in such a way that only a relationship with God will ultimately satisfy us. Once we die. And just as it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment… (Hebrews 9:27) We get one chance at life. where there is a crime there must be punishment. lived a sinless life and died on the cross of Calvary for our sins and he rose again on the third day. or that you are part of God? Such thinking is common today. God made Christ. the best and wisest thing we can do is submit our lives completely to the one and only God. all fall short of God’s glorious standard. God’s system has one punishment for sin: death. Ask Him to come into your life and become your Father. Ask Him to forgive you based on Jesus' death on your behalf. God is perfect and His standard is perfection. God with us! Admit that you have not loved God nor anyone else to the best of your ability. so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

This is also called as the. for an amazing new life in God. Obviously our lifestyle will change but it’s not about a set of religious do’s and don’ts: it’s about a change of heart. it is eternal. "Salvation Prayer" or the "Sinners prayer". we need God to save us. (John 5:24) If we respond to the message of what God has given. As a sign of turning from sin. His punishment was entirely for us. we rule our own lives. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves acceptable. When we become Christians we surrender this position to Jesus. So we become like Him: that’s what it means to be Christian or Christ-like. This new life will go on forever. everything else will follow. he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This means completely turning away from the lifestyle we have been living and turning to God. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins. If we confess our sins to him. When the Apostle Peter was asked this question he said ‘you must turn from your sins and turn to God. We have to recognize what He has done for us and ask Him to forgive us for our sin.The good news is that Jesus came to take the punishment for our sin. and all the death that goes with it. we begin by asking Jesus to come into our heart. he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. He becomes the person who sets the direction of our lives. Sin deserves punishment and we are sinners. Sin is simply disobedience to God." 4 of 5 . Before we are Christians we do what we want. (1 John 1:9) Just because Jesus died doesn’t mean all of this happens automatically. and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. They will never be condemned for their sins. but they have already passed from death into life. our sin separates us from God. We have left our sin. He lived a perfect life.’ (Acts 2:38) The Bible calls this repentance. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He will forgive us and we will be made clean in God’s sight. 5. which is something we will never do. Those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. He couldn’t be punished for His own sin because He didn’t have any. we will have a new life. When we do this. If we can understand that repentance is turning away from what we have been doing and giving God control of our lives. 6. through Jesus.

you cannot grow without it.Repentance is not something you should think. Now tell someone what you have done! Now after you have accepted Jesus as your savior. Submit every area of your life unto Him and obey Him in all things. He asks that you cast all your cares on Him. on a regular basis. After you've done this. This is now your spiritual "food". Commit your life to God. you now have Jesus in your heart. Communicate to God regularly through prayer. one toward your old way of life and the other toward God and your new life with Him. This is what you must pray: a) You need to confess your sins and ask for God's forgiveness. meaning 'immersion'.    5 of 5 . The word Baptism is derived from the Greek word. 'Baptiso'. the Bible. it also involves listening. and where there is a sincere reverence for God. A good place to start is with the Gospel of John. where Jesus is the focus. (You are then putting your life into God’s control and saying that from that moment you will follow and serve Jesus alone. "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Find others who share your faith in Christ. b)Ask Jesus to come into your life as Savior and Lord. being open and honest with Him about all things. It is a commandment of Jesus that all those who believe must be baptized in the name of Jesus. c) Thank God for His forgiveness. Fellowship with other believers is key to spiritual maturity. you can grow in your relationship with God through the following:  Read God's Word. but whoever does not believe will be condemned. find a church where you can be baptized – in water and in the Holy Spirit. Bear your heart to God. And remember that prayer is not only talking to God. You can do this anytime and anywhere. and immediately ask forgiveness for any sins you commit. Praying out-loud will remove any doubt from your mind about whether you have really prayed or not. You will be pulled in two opposing directions. You should look for a church where God's Word is taught and honored.) If you have prayed this prayer from the bottom of your heart." Mark 16: 16.