Sunday, May 10, 2015
8th lesson : God's Purpose in loving the Human Being
We Need To Invite And Receive Jesus As Lord And Savior Of Our Lives.
- Jesus Christ Brings Forgiveness And Eternal Life.
Through a personal invitation we need to invite Jesus into our lives to live within us; so this way we can achieve forgiveness and eternal life. It is necessary that we recognize that we are sinners and that our sinful state separates us from our God. God goes after the human being, and the Bible presents two passages that talk about it.
The First one that I remember in which Jesus said the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep in the sheep pen, and goes after the lost sheep. It is worthwhile to meditate about this a bit. "Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'- Lk. 15:1-6.
Jesus was sitting among the publicans and sinners for them to hear him, because as it says, gathered around to hear him. Jesus knew the thoughts of these people because of the elite class treated them with contempt. Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep, to explain to them that he is Jesus, the Christ; left his dwelling place in glory, came after the human being that was lost. He takes us upon his shoulders and takes us home. With his act of love, he cares and saves us, putting us on his shoulders, and He took over the responsibility of bringing us back the eternal home. And after that, Jesus dies for this human being that turned away from God, to pay the atonement price so that we might have life in spirit once again.
The other passage is Revelation 3:20 we read the following:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me”. Look what respect God has for you and me, God does not force anyone to come to him, on the contrary he respects us. He knocks on your hearts door and asks if he can come in. If you open and invite to enter, the guest will enter, right? Jesus knocks on the door and waits for the person to open and invite HIM to enter.
Has anyone ever offered you a gift? Yes, someone already has, right? To be able to have this gift, you have to accept it in your heart and extend your arms to receive and take it, right? We receive Salvation this way from God, we must extend our hearts to Him, and receive Him into our life by faith. As long as we do not take the present it is not in our possession and neither the salvation. In John 1:12 we read: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--". We receive Jesus by faith as already mentioned. Eph. 2:8-9 tells us: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast".
God offers eternal life as a gift to the human being, in one only who is Jesus, the Christ. By one only we fell from Gods´ grace, and by one only Jesus we gained much more back, if we receive it. The fact is that Jesus died in our place to pay the price that had been set against us, this is the gift that God gave us. We receive eternal life with God as we believe in Him and receive Jesus, as our Lord and Saviour. Summarizing all these verses we conclude that receiving Jesus implies recognizing that through our own efforts it is impossible to be regenerated to the state of communion that Adam and Eve enjoyed there in Heaven with God. All this implies in repentance, believing that when Jesus comes into our lives when we receive Him, he paid the ransom on the cross with his own life, which we should have paid.
We Receive Salvation As A Gift From Our God. You can now receive Jesus right now into your heart through prayer. (To Pray is talking with God). God knows your heart and knows what is going on it right now. He sees your thoughts. The best way to pray is to use your own words to tell Him that you want forgiveness and a fellowship with Him, and invite Him that HE will come to live in your heart and give you eternal life. If, this is your desire to express it in a prayer telling him that you recognize being a sinner, and that you cannot live a holy life without him, handing him your life voluntarily.
If you felt the Holy Spirit inviting you to pray this prayer, make use of the moment and pray now. Jesus is waiting for you with open arms. J
Now that you have received Christ, God gives you the following according to 1 John 5: 11-13 "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life”.
• Christ came into your life. Verify in your Bible = Rv. 3:20 and Cl. 1:27.
• Your sins are forgiven Cl. 1:14
• You became a child of God. Jo. 1:12
You began to live a new life for which God created you: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". - Jn. 10:10.
• "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come"! - II Co. 5:17.
• "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". - 1 Ts. 5:18.
In the Lord's Service
I greet you in His Love
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