How should I talk to people about God?

How can and should I talk to people about God? (Witnessing and ministry)

If the Holy Spirit lives inside you, God will enable you to live a life that glorifies Him. The Holy Spirit always glorifies Jesus Christ. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, God will lead you to look for opportunities to make much of Jesus Christ and to glorify Him (See John 16:14). God is glorified in us when we bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the   Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, patience, self-control and humility (Read Galatians 5:22,23). The Holy Spirit takes that which belongs to Jesus and gives it to us. 

If you are truly saved by God, it would be impossible to remain silent about the great things God has done in you and for you. If God has granted you eternal life, justification, forgiveness of sins, a new heart, an inheritance in heaven, deliverance from sins, and the wonderful Holy Spirit inside of you, how will you remain silent? It is like a person who has found medicine to cure cancer or a global pandemic, like the corona virus. If you discovered that kind of medicine, would you not share it with those people who so desperately need it? Only a spiritually sick and evil person would not share a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands of lives. In the same way, if you have found the Prince of Life, Jesus Christ, the Treasure of treasures, the King of kings, who can save from the devasting soul-sickness of sin, would you not tell people about Him?

The Bible says that we don’t have to worry about how or what to say to people who ask us about the hope we have, because the Holy Spirit within us will give us the right words to speak (Read Matthew 10:19,20). Jesus said to his disciples before He went to heaven: “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be witnesses to Me … to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NKJV) Jesus told this to his followers about 2,000 years ago, and even as you read this, it is being fulfilled over and over throughout the world, to the ends of the earth. You may ask what we today, as Jesus’ followers, should be witnessing about. We have to testify to the great things Jesus has done in our lives. We are to tell others about Jesus Christ’s death and work of redemption on the cross; his work of redemption in us and His resurrection from the dead! Even if we have not seen Him, we know it is true, because the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, witnesses in our hearts that Jesus is the Savior of the world and the Conqueror over death. 

We are also to prophesy about the great Day of The Lord, the Final Judgment that is coming, when Jesus will judge the living and the dead in righteousness. Jesus Christ is coming again to this earth, not as the Lamb of God that was slain the first time, but as the Lion of Judah. He will judge everyone who has ever lived, is living now, and will live on this earth (Revelation 5, 19, 20). We, as Jesus’ followers, are to warn people against loving sin and the world and all that is in it. We are to urge people to flee to the only Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. The wrath of God is coming, and everyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will burn and be tormented for eternity (Revelation 20:10-15). Jesus is calling sinners to come to Him and be saved from God’s wrath, from themselves and their sins. The devil and his angels are already judged, and they will have their portion in the lake of fire for eternity. Jesus has a purpose and a plan for your life as a believer in Christ, and that is to tell others, your friends, family and strangers about the Savior and King, Jesus Christ. Many will not receive Jesus, many will hate Him, and many will reject you because they love the world and themselves more than God. But we have the privilege and the obligation to go and tell of the mighty works of God and of the New Jerusalem where Jesus reigns forever.

Mark 16:15

        Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature

How can I live a life pleasing to God?

How can I live a life pleasing to God? (The Holy Spirit)

We must realize that there is nothing good in ourselves, as the Bible says in Romans 7:18. We are all sold under sin, and we will have this body of sin, this body subject to sin and decay, until the day we die. If you belong to Christ you will receive a glorified body when you are in heaven, a body free from sin (1 Corinthians 15:22-50). To live a life pleasing to God is a supernatural life. We need the glorious Holy Spirit to live a life pleasing to God.  The combined power of sin, the world and evil are too strong to overcome in one’s own strength.  The day you received Jesus Christ as your Savior and King, the Holy Spirit came to live inside you. God gave Him to you to help, guide, and comfort you; to strengthen you to live a life acceptable to God. In our own strength it is impossible to please God. Without Christ we cannot do anything useful (Read John 15:4,5).

As you might have realized, one cannot see God with the naked eye. The Holy Spirit is invisible. That’s why the Bible says we live by faith and not by sight. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Read Hebrews 11:6). A life that pleases God is a life of trusting Him in everything. God has told us that the future is in his hands and that He knows the end from the beginning: of Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Read Romans 11:33-36). He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and omnipresent. He is a God of goodness, truth, justice and love: he keeps his promises; He has given us many! We must believe them. Because God is trustworthy, we can trust in Him: he has proven his faithfulness over and over again.  Because God has revealed Himself in these ways through the centuries, we can trust Him with our future and with our lives. We can trust Him to care for and support us when we go through difficult times and suffering (Read Matthew 6:33). God has made it clear that following Jesus entails going through suffering, tribulation and heartache (Romans 8:31-39). Maybe your own family and friends will not understand you, precisely because you do what is right and follow Jesus Christ. A life that pleases God is one in which you surrender your life, your time, your future, possessions and resources to God. God gave you your life and everything that you own. Surrendering to God means to live your life under the control and guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is a life where you always ask: Lord, what is your will in this? Not my will be done, but Your will. A life pleasing to God is a life that gives up its rights. You will say: God whatever you say, I’ll do; wherever you send, I’ll go; whatever price I have to pay, I’ll pay.  Living under the control of the Spirit is not always easy, but by doing so, we please God. Jesus said, “The gate is narrow, and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14 ESV).

To check if you are on this narrow road that leads to heaven, and that you are living a life pleasing to God, you should read the Bible regularly, obediently and with faith. The more you do so, the more you will realize what God’s will is and what he requires of you. To live a life pleasing to God is the path of obedience. It takes endurance and sacrifice to please Him, but it is the only path to lasting joy and happiness. It is like running a marathon: difficult but rewarding. A holy life is a happy life. That is why Jesus was filled with joy above all other people (See Hebrews 1:9; Luke 10:21); Jesus was the happiest person, and still is, because He hated sin and loved righteousness. Because He never sinned, his joy is immeasurable, and He wants to impart that joy to us. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, (referring to his words in the Bible), that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11 ESV). To live a life pleasing to God is a life of paradoxes; it’s full of joy in suffering, of peace in difficulties, of certainty in God in the unknown, and in the immediate future. It is a life filled with the power, love and joy of the Holy Spirit. 

Galatians 5:16

Walk in the Spirit and you shall never fulfill the lust of the flesh

How can I have a close relationship with God?

How can I have a close relationship with God? (Prayer)

To have a close relationship with God, to walk with God, you have to start with Jesus Christ. If you try to communicate with God on your own, in your own strength, it won’t work. You cannot go through “Mother Mary”, a dead saint, or some dead forefather to God. The dead have no contact with the living. They cannot help you from the other side. Don’t let the devil deceive you. God has made it clear that once people are dead, they will face judgment (Hebrew 9:27), and then, whoever dies, will either live eternally with God in heaven or without God’s glory in hell. Jesus is the only Mediator between God and us (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus is our High Priest who intercedes (prays) “24/7” (24 hours, 7 days a week) for those who come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25). There is no other way to come to God but through the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7).

Once you have this vision that Jesus is always there for you, always praying for you, and that He is for you (Romans 8:31,33), because of his sacrifice for you at the cross 2000 years ago, then life becomes a joy. You will find courage to face opposition and rejection and suffering, because you know the most powerful Person in the universe is on your side (Matthew 28:18-20). You should not think of prayer and talking to God as only doing your duty. It should be as natural as breathing. Prayer should flow spontaneously out of you. God knows everything about you. He knows you much better than you know yourself (Matthew 6:6-8). To walk closely with God means to be honest with God about your weaknesses and sins. Share your thoughts, feelings and secrets with Him. Admit your weaknesses and sins to Him and He will help and forgive you. It will not help to live a lie and try to hide your sin. The Bible says, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God knows you through and through and his aim is for you to live a victorious life over sin (1 John 5:1-5). You may not have instant victory over every sin in your life, but as you share your fears and failures with God, He will help you and strengthen you to become more and more like Jesus in love and holiness. 

God has given us his church for support as well. If our burdens become too big, God wants us to share them with our fellow Christians. That’s why James 5:16 says: “confess your sins to one another so that you will be healed.” As we humble ourselves before God, He will lift us up in greater victory over sin. One thing is certain: God resists the proud (See James 4:5-8)! Pride in your life will definitely create distance between you and God. If we try to live life independently of God, we will not grow with God and God will resist us. That is why the book of Proverbs   says: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV).To stay close to God is to stay on your knees and ask for his help, his strength, wisdom and forgiveness as we live life with all the challenges we face every day. Jesus was tempted in every way when He lived on this planet and that is why He can help us face any and every difficulty in life (Hebrews 4:14-16). Because He never sinned when He lived on this earth, He is able to help us in our time of need and distress. 

Another thing that will help us to walk closely with God is to know God’s will as it is revealed in the Bible. The better we know the Bible, the better we will know what God expects of us and we will therefore walk closely with Him. God speaks to us through his Spirit, through his words, revealed in the Bible. When we open it and read the words of God, paying close attention to the meaning of his words in the contexts in which they were given, we will be encouraged and directed and enlightened about God’s will and plans for our lives. 

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing

How can I meet with the people of God?

How can I meet with people who know God (Church)?

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and King, as the God of your life, you belong to God’s family. If Jesus is your Savior and King, then the Holy Spirit lives inside you and you are then born from heaven, born from above (John 3:3-6): you are God’s son or daughter (John 1:12,13). If Christ is your King, you have literally millions of brothers and sisters. This family is scattered all over the world! God’s Book says that He will have children in every language and ethnic group at the end of history (Revelation 5:9; 7:9). Because you have an eternal family you need to learn how to have good relationships with your fellow family members. We live in a world filled with sin, suffering and sickness. But we wait for a better country, the heavenly one God promised to those who believe (Hebrews 11). In this tough world we need support and prayer from our Christian brothers and sisters. This is why God commanded us not to make close friends with unbelievers (those who don’t belong to God). People that don’t belong to Christ shouldn’t be your best friends.

Psalm 1:1-3 in God’s Book says: “Blessed are those who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, who stand not in the way of sinners and who sit not in the seat of the mockers, but his/her delight is in the word of God.” The Bible warns us in James 4:4 not to be friends with the world, because he/she who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. God’s Book also says in Hebrew 10:25 that “we should not forsake the gathering of believers.” It is good to make friends with Christians with whom you can pray when you have any problem. Scripture says in Galatians 6:2, “we must bear each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Jesus Christ.” The art of Christian living is to be in this world, but not of it. If we make a fire in a fireplace and remove one log, that log will not continue to burn. So, we need to stay in fellowship with other believers otherwise we will cease to burn for God’s glory and not fulfill our function in the world, which is to build his kingdom.

But meeting with Christians can be difficult in the country where you live or because of certain circumstances like a global pandemic. There may be people who will hate you and even want to kill you if you belong to Christ. You may have to meet secretly with friends and other believers in Jesus. You may face suffering and rejection because you belong to God. For these very reasons we need to pray with each other and encourage each other. God’s Book says in Romans 12:15: “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” When Jesus was enthroned in heaven about 2000 years ago the first disciples cared for one another and lived in community with one another (Acts 2:42-47). God wants us to care for one another and to be at peace with one another. Remember to be vigilant and watchful, because some people in the church (gathering of Christians) might be there not because they belong to God but because they have evil intentions.  In any case we should love them too because godly love is the main characteristic of any believer in Jesus.

Pray to God that he may show you which church He wants you to attend. There are many different churches in the world and they don’t all understand the Bible in the same way. But all true believers in Christ love one another, work for unity in God and hold on to the truth of God. The church you go to does not need to be a big church. It can be a small one, or a house church, but two requirements are necessary. They need to believe in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and King of the world, and they have to believe that the Bible is the reliable and true words of God. That is the 66 books of the New and Old Testament. May God help you.

1 Timothy 3:15

The house of God, which is the church of the living God, is the pillar and ground of the truth.

How can I find the words of God?

How can I find and know the Words of God? (Bible and prophecy)

Many people in many parts of the world claim to have the words of God. In what Christians call the Bible, we find the true words of God. The New Testament states: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV). In the Bible (the Scriptures) we find two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the Old Testament we find the story of creation, the fall of mankind into sin, God choosing a special people to whom He revealed his words, and the mighty acts of God. We also find prophecies about the future and about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Only God knows the future and in the Old Testament we find historical accounts of God’s words and acts as well as the fore-telling (prophecies) of future events. Many of these prophecies have already been fulfilled, but others still await fulfillment.  

In the New Testament we find historical accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We see God acting in history and making a way for his people to be united to Him and find deliverance from sin. Many of the prophecies in the Old Testament have been fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. The New Testament also contains letters to God’s people and prophecies about the end of the world as we know it.

All in all, there are 66 books in the Bible. Christians believe that the Bible is God’s word to the human race. In it we find what God expects of us, and how we can be brought into a restored relationship with God Almighty. We find the words of eternal life in the Bible (John 6:68). The Holy Spirit given to God’s children led them to compile the Bible. All of the books in the New Testament were written while the 12 apostles (or some of them; Jesus’ chosen disciples), who saw Jesus alive after his death, were still living. The church (God’s people) recognized that those books written by the apostles (or written in close relationship with an apostle) in the New Testament are enough to enable us to know about the way to God and how to be saved for time and eternity. The Bible is the standard for us to distinguish truth from falsehood, truth from error and righteousness from unrighteousness.

Because there was no printing press or electronic media for centuries, there are literally thousands of handwritten copies of the Bible (of the original manuscripts, called “the autographs”) and parts of the Bible. God led His people, the church, to make many copies of the original manuscripts over the centuries to preserve His words. Because so many manuscripts were copied over the centuries, human errors do occur. But in comparison to the large number of manuscripts available (more than 5,500 containing the New Testament or parts of it), these errors are few. They comprise only about 1 % of all the words in the manuscripts. This is so because the manuscripts were meticulously and carefully copied by the people of God. And what is more, the errors that do occur are mainly of a grammatical nature. They do not have an impact on the core truths about Jesus, God, life, righteousness or our salvation. 

All the handwritten copies of the Bible have a striking similarity in the main message and doctrines of God, his acts in history and what we need to know in order to be saved for time and eternity. The Bible, in all of its thousands of manuscripts, has the same clear message: how we should live a life pleasing to God and how to be reconciled to Him for time and eternity. Therefore, we can trust God’s words in the Bible, and know that through his people, He has preserved for us in the Bibleall that we need to know to have a blessed relationship with Him.

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away but My words will never pass away.

How can I be saved from my sins?

Crucial Questions:

What must I do to be saved from my sins? (Salvation)

The Creator of the universe is the God who made everything, seen and unseen. He is an infinitely good God. God is holy and just and also a God of love. His desire is that people from across the world, from all ethnic groups, be with Him for eternity. He made you to be unique: you are one of a kind. And He has provided a way for people like us to be reconciled to Him and to be in a loving relationship with Him.

But something happened that made this relationship God intended for us, impossible by human means: our sin. We have broken God’s holy Law. We have lied, stolen, made and worshipped idols; coveted other people and their possessions; used God’s Name in vain; dishonored our parents and older people; murdered, (God calls hatred murder: see Matthew 5:27-30); committed adultery (God sees lust as adultery; read Matthew 5:32); and so on.

We have all rebelled against God, and therefore fall short of God’s glory (Read Romans 3:23). Our personal sins have made separation between God and us, and by our own good deeds and words we cannot make this wall of separation disappear or be broken down. We are therefore guilty before God because we broke God’s holy law and because of our sins and rebellion. We all are like sheep who have gone astray, everyone to his/her own way (Read Isaiah 53:6). And because of our sins we deserve to die and be eternally separated from God. The wages of sin is death, eternal death (See Romans 6:23). The soul that sins must die (See Ezekiel 18:20). God is holy and cannot have union with sinners without His justice being satisfied. God’s judgment on sin demands an infinite penalty: eternal death.

Our sins need to be punished by death. That is God’s decree: see, e.g., Genesis 9:5-6.  He wouldn’t be just if He didn’t punish sin. We cannot pay for our own sins, because we all are sinners, but God sent his Son Jesus Christ to this earth to live a sinless (perfect) life (Hebrews 4:14-16) and to die in the place of sinners and make atonement (payment) for them. He did this when He was crucified on a cross about 2,000 years ago in Israel, outside Jerusalem, to pay for sin, for sinners, so that we can be forgiven our sins (1 Peter 2:22-23). Jesus bore the infinite wrath of God, satisfied his justice, when He died on that cross, so that sinners can be united with God again (1 John 1:1,2). After three days Jesus rose from the dead and so overcame the power of death, Satan and sin (John 20:1-10; Matthew 28:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-22). 

Union with God can become an eternal reality for us if we turn from our sins and receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and King (John 1:12). We need to receive Jesus Christ for who He is, as the Bible reveals him, and not who we might think He is. A false Christ cannot save us. We need to come to God as we are and leave our bad and good deeds behind. Jesus isn’t impressed with our good deeds (our so-called righteousness). We need his perfection (his righteousness) to be accounted to us, so that we might stand holy and blameless before God. Jesus broke down the wall of separation between God and believing sinners. He removed the guilt believers deserved. If we turn from our sins and receive Christ as our Savior and the Ruler of our lives, God the Holy Spirit will baptize us, cleanse us, fill us, and make his home within us forever (John 14:15-23). In order to receive Christ as He is, we need to let go of our own pride and sins. We will then have a restored relationship with God. Even if we die physically, we will be with God if we are united with Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

Isaiah 53:5,6

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities,

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His wounds we are healed

Is Jesus Christ the Only way to Heaven?

Is Jesus Christ the only way to be saved from one’s sins and enter heaven?

Is Jesus Christ the only way to God? What about those who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and died? Are they going to hell? Are their sins forgiven in another way? If the Israelites were forgiven for their sins in the Old Testament before Jesus died for the sins of the world, could it be that other people’s sins will be forgiven today as well if they have not heard of Jesus Christ? And if that is the case, can we still say Jesus is the only way to God?

These difficult questions have puzzled many and led many to conclude that there must be other ways to God as well. But what does the New Testament say about these things? In John 14:6 Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father (God) but by Me”. In Acts 4:12 it is written: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”. It is written in 1 Timothy 2:5;” for there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ who gave Himself a ransom for all.” It is written in 1 John 5:11,12:” …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.” In these passages of the New Testament (and there are others) God has made it clear that Jesus Christ is the only way to receive eternal life. He is the only way to the Father. There is salvation in no one else. He is the only Mediator between God and Man. He is the only one who died for the sins of the world and who bore God’s wrath because of our sins (1 John 2:1,2). Never was there a Man like Him. He was without sin (2 Cor: 5:21); God in the flesh (John 1:1-3,14).

You may ask what about those who never heard the gospel and those in the Old Testament who only had the promises of a coming Saviour? In the Old Testament people were saved based on the promise of the coming Saviour and the blood (death) of sheep and goats were only types and shadows of the real blood of Jesus that would take away sins. They were saved based on the promises of God and the Christ that would die because of their sins.
But what about those who never heard the gospel? If you have time, read the letter of Romans Chapters 1-3. That will give you an in-depth view of the matter. All we can say of those people who did not have a promise of the Savior and who died without hearing the gospel is that God is just, holy and loving. God will see to it. We do not know.
What we do know is this: Acts 17: 30,31 “these times of ignorance God has overlooked, but NOW commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead”. Mark 16:15 says: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person.” Why should we preach the gospel to every person? We should because there is no other way to heaven. We should because God commands it. We should because God has overlooked the times of ignorance when people served other gods, but NOW God has ordained a Man by whom we will be saved if we believe in Him (John 3:16.) No one will go to hell because he/she did not hear about Jesus, they will go to hell because of unrepentant sin, because of willful, continual rebellion against a God who loved them, whom they rejected (Romans 1,2). People go to hell because they hate God and his laws! They will be sentenced to go to hell because they stand guilty before God on charges of treason against the King of the Universe.

Do we have any warrant NOW to believe that people will go to heaven without embracing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? We do not have a warrant from the New Testament. God commands his followers to preach the gospel (Mark 16:15) to every person, to witness about Him to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), to make disciples of all ethnic groups (Matt 28:18-20). What about you friend? Are you involved in praying to God and witnessing for God to see His enterprise fulfilled? More importantly: Are we part of those band of followers who worship the Lamb, who are saved from our sins? Whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? (Rev 20:15)

Woe to us, if we are saved from our sins, but saved for comfort, ease, and indifference to the lost (Rev 3:14-18). May God get us out of our comfort zones and busy fulfilling His Great Commission, going into all the world, spreading the good news, until the last trumpet sounds (1 Cor 15:50-54). May He find our lamps burning bright, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith awaiting the Bridegroom.

Matthew 10:32,33 “Whoever confesses Me before men I will confess him before My Father in heaven, but whoever denies Me before men I will deny him before My Father who is in heaven” May God help us.

Philippians: 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will finish it.”

Two Gates, Two Roads, Two Destinies

Jesus said: Wide is the gate and broad is the way to destruction and many go therein. But narrow is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life and a few people find it. (Matthew 7:13,14)

The wide gate represents the world. On this road all religions are right. They say: how can you say Christianity is the only right one. Who is to judge between right and wrong? The broad road is where a person plays with sin or even where sin is called good. On this road you can steal, lie, smoke, get drunk, listen to what you want, lust after who and what you want, curse who you want, be disrespectful to whom you want and flirt with whom you want. Anything takes the place of the living God. Money, sex, television, music, drugs, alcohol, sport, family, computer games, food, success, career, nationality, race or whatever, as long as you can have your idols and God. These things are not necessarily wrong within their God-ordained place, but for most people they dethrone God of His rightful place. We cannot serve idols and God at the same time. The broad road is the road where God is dethroned in your heart. This road leads to conscious eternal destruction and suffering away from God’s mercy, blessing and love. Most people are on this road and most people will tragically stay on this road according to the Word of God.

The narrow road looks much different. The gate is Jesus Christ (John 10:7). You cannot enter the narrow road unless Jesus Christ becomes your Treasure. You cannot get on the road without turning from your sins and idols (John 1:12). If you have not received forgiveness from your sins by the blood of Jesus, you will not find yourself on this road. To be on the narrow path means you surrender your whole life to God. When you are on this road you realize Jesus can and will not only be the Savior of your life, but that He must be Lord as well. If Jesus is not King (Lord) of all in your life, He is not Lord at all in your life. That means He is the rightful owner and ruler of your whole life. If He is your Lord (King), then you live in submission to Him and to His body, His people. Then you cannot do as you please. If He is King of your life then He controls your future. How you spend your money. How you spend your time and with who. What books and magazines you read. What music you listen to. What DVD’s you watch. What websites you visit. Who your friends are. Where you socialize. The words that come out of your mouth. Where you should stay. What job you should do, ect. In short, on this road, in every situation and difficulty you ask: What is your will Lord? not my will. And when God leads you, you obey. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “not all who say to me: Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of the Father in heaven.” This is the narrow road. The narrow road does not mean you never make mistakes or sin, but it does mean that God rules your life and that God saves you from your sinful habits and addictions. On the narrow road, Jesus lives within you through the Holy Spirit. On the narrow road, you value what is most valuable, Jesus Christ. On the narrow road, you are willing to suffer tribulation and persecution for the sake of Christ. On the narrow road, you are willing to suffer insults for the sake of Christ. On the narrow road the Bible is precious to you, and rules your life through the Holy Spirit. On the narrow road you delight in the laws of God and esteem the word of God above your own sinful desires. On the narrow road, you regard the fellowship with the people of God highly, above the company of unbelievers.

The narrow road guarantees eternal happiness and joy and is the only road to heaven. Let’s make no mistake. It is a difficult road. It is a road where you sometimes feel you want to quit. It is sometimes a lonely road. It is a road in the midst of tribulations and suffering, but with God and in God. Humanly speaking it is impossible to get on the road and stay on the road, but God said in Mark 10:27 “With Him all things are possible.”

Which road are you on?

Who is Jesus Christ really?

The gospel of John in the Bible describes Jesus Christ in the following ways:

• Jesus is the Word of God who created the universe and became a human being (John 1:1-3,14) ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…..and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..”
• Jesus is the Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29) ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!’
• Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35) ‘I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me shall never hunger.’
• Jesus is the Fountain of Living Water (John 4:14; John 6:35; John 7:37-39) ‘whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’ ‘….and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’
• Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12) ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.’
• Jesus is God (John 1:1-3; John 8:58) ‘…and the Word was God…’; ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’
• Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) ‘I am the Good Shepherd. —-The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep.’
• Jesus is the Door (John 10:7,9) ‘…most assuredly I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep…. if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’
• Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25) ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.’

• Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’
• Jesus is the True Vine. (John 15:1,5) ‘I am the true Vine and My Father is the Vinedresser. I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit.’
• Jesus is Eternal Life (John 17:3; John 3:16; 1 John 5:11,12) ‘And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You sent.’
• Jesus died and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) ‘For I delivered to you first which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scriptures and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…’

• John 1:12 says “for as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them He(God) gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name.” God promises the gift of everlasting life to everyone who repents (turns) from their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ, His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead. If you receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, Lord and Treasure, God the Holy Spirit will come and make His home within you forever. If you receive Jesus for who He is, it proves that you be born from above, born from the Holy Spirit, and are adopted as God’s son or daughter (John 1:12,13).

• If you reject Jesus Christ in this life as the Saviour and King of the world, and of your life, there remains no chance for forgiveness of your sins and no way to escape the horrors and punishment for your sins and you will therefore spend eternity in utter darkness and in hell. We plead with you not to neglect such a great salvation found in Jesus Christ alone!

Jesus said: Come to Me all you who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)

The Finished Work of Christ

It is finished

These are the greatest and most important words ever uttered in the history of Mankind and they were uttered by the greatest Man that ever lived on planet earth. The man was Jesus Christ. Not an ordinary Man. Not only a Man with high moral standards and merely a prophet. He was God’s only begotten Son. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. The God-man. Never before and never after was there and will there be a Man like Him. He was one of a kind and came on a mission to this earth. He was without sin. Even though He was tempted in every way while He lived on earth He never gave in to any temptation. Is such a thing possible, you may ask? Yes, it is true. That is why He came and the Bible says it is true (Hebrews 2: 18; 2 Cor 5:21).

‘It is finished!’

Jesus said these words at the end of His life. After He was falsely accused for sins that He did not commit. The Roman authorities condemned Him to die on a cross, after Pontius Pilate was instigated by the Jewish authorities. He died a criminal’s death, although He was no criminal. He was sentenced by the Jews on charges of blasphemy. They said that He claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus said these words as He hung on the cross, as He was suffering and dying. These are the most important words that were ever uttered by any Man.

It is accomplished

But, what was finished? I will try to sum up the most important points for you although the breadth and height of the meaning of these words have filled volumes of books.

• The price that was paid as a ransom for the sin of believing sinners was paid in full. The punishment for sin was laid on the shoulders of Jesus Christ. He died in the place of believers. The just punishment for sin is death, as revealed in God’s Word (Romans 6:23). We had to die for our sins, but Jesus Christ died in our place, as our substitute, so that you and I can be innocent of sin. There was a divine transaction. Our sins were accounted to Him on the cross and His righteousness (sinlessness, perfection) was accounted to us. Your sin was laid on Him, and His righteousness was put on you (Romans 5:6-21). In other words, God will freely forgive and justify believers now on the basis of what Christ has done.

• Jesus broke the power of sin on the cross to set believers free from its rule and power (Romans 6:6-8; Matthew 1:21).

• God disarmed and defeated principalities and powers, the devil and His angels, making an open spectacle of them and triumphing over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15).

• God reconciled (united) believing sinners with Himself at the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) He demolished the enmity between Himself and believers at the cross (Colossians 1:20).

• God’s anger (wrath) and justice towards believing sinners was satisfied by Jesus dying in their place on the cross. God’s justice for sin needed to be satisfied, and Jesus met God’s requirement because He was God’s perfect offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10). He was God in the flesh who never sinned.

All this Jesus did for those who trust in Christ alone. What Christ accomplished at the cross 2000 years ago, will only become a reality in your life if you truly turn from your sins (your idolatry, adultery, stealing, lies, covetousness, murder, pride, ungratefulness, gossip, indifference, slander, drunkenness, dishonoring parents and taking God’s Name in vain) and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Have you truly repented of your sins? Have you trusted in Christ for salvation? If you love your sins and the evils of this world and reject Christ, then the wrath of God will abide on you forever!

It is finished! Is it finished in you?