How To Have Peace With God
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28
What does it mean to be a Christian? Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing “why” they exist. Year after year they have no idea of why they live or what God’s purpose is for their lives. The most basic question a person can ask is, “What is the meaning for my life?” Everyone wants to be happy. People try many ways to find happiness. Some look for happiness by…
…. acquiring possessions….experiencing pleasure….gaining prestige and power.
Real happiness comes from understanding your Purpose in Life.
God’s Purpose is for us to have peace and live with him forever.
God created us and loves us.
Having eternal life means you can live a full and meaningful life now!
Jesus said,
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
This means that when we die, we will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven.
Jesus promised, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3
As you search for real meaning in life, you discover that your sinful nature keeps you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.
We have a need.
We are all sinners by nature and by choice. Have you ever noticed that you don’t have to teach children how to do wrong?
This reveals something about our nature. Our natural inclination is to do wrong. The Bible says,
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23
The Bible teaches sin means missing the real purpose of life, rebelling, trying to live independent of God. We all fall short of God’s standards, and His plan for our lives.
We cannot save ourselves.
The Bible teaches that salvation is “…not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:9
Going to church will not save you.
Doing good things will not save you.
Trying to be a good person will not save you.
We deserve death and eternal separation from God as the Bible says,
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves you and has provided forgiveness for your sin.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ” John 14:6
God has made a provision for us.
The Bible makes it very plain that Jesus is God and became man when it says,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Jesus was the Word who was with God. Jesus was the Word who was made flesh and lived among us.
The Bible teaches that Jesus died for you on the cross:
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,”1 Peter 3:18
The Bible says Jesus was willing to take all the punishment your sin deserves, but the story doesn’t end there. Jesus was resurrected from the dead. The Bible says in Romans 4:25,
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
What wonderful news! His resurrection is proof that His death was for our sins.
The only way Jesus can affect your life is for you to receive him. The Bible says in John 1:12,
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–”
We must respond by repenting and believing.
To receive Jesus, you must repent of your sin. The Bible says,
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” Acts 3:19
To repent, you must admit you are a sinner. You must feel sorrow and remorse that you have sinned. Repentance is more than feeling sorry for your sin. The Bible states:
“…I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20
Repentance also includes the process of turning away from sin and turning to God through Jesus Christ.
Repentance is similar to what happens in the Military when all the soldiers are marching in one direction and the command is given, “To the rear march,” everyone turns immediately and marches in the opposite direction. When you repent, you turn from your sin and turn instead to Jesus.
As you repent of your sin, you must place your faith in Jesus. The Bible says,
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–” Ephesians 2:8
Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus. The Bible says,
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” James 2:19
Faith is trusting in Jesus. It means trusting Jesus to the point of total dependence on him. You must respond to Jesus in the same manner. The only way Jesus can make a difference in your life is for you to totally trust Him. Totally. For many there is the belief that Jesus existed, but with no difference one way or the other in their lives. Many believe about Jesus, but do not believe in Him.
To totally trust in Jesus, you must surrender to Jesus as Lord of your life.
The Bible says,
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not just saying we give our lives to Jesus. Jesus said,
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
Surrendering to Jesus is giving Him control of our lives.
You must turn your life over to Him and learn to go where He wants you to go.
As evidence of giving Jesus control, you will want to identify with Him. The New Testament method is to confess Jesus publicly and to follow Him in baptism and church membership.