Blog Entry

God's gift of Eternal life

Posted on: September 13, 2008 2:23 pm
 

Hey everyone! This month i'm going to talk about God's gift of eternal life.

In the book of John, Jesus says for someone to obtain eternal life that person must be born again. Jesus is just saying that you have to accept Christ as your Saviour to have eternal life. He wants to be apart of your life and He wants to give you His day-by-day blessings.

Romans 10:9,11 says: 9"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved" 11"As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

God has given us a great gift. All you have to do is accept that gift and let the Holy Spirit come into your heart. Let God take control of your life. He's the best Father you'll ever have.

Category: General
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2008 9:32 pm
 

God's gift of Eternal life

Great topic.  Here is how I had it explained to me when I chose to accept Jesus as my savior;

Summary of the gospel: Grace, Man, God, Jesus Christ, and Faith.

1. Grace
Grace is a FREE GIFT from God. It is NOT earned or deserved. It does NOT depend on OUR actions. God offers it to all freely.

Romans 6:23
"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Wages are what we earn on our own--sin and death; God's gift of grace is what we can receive if we make the decision to turn our will and lives over to Him--eternal life.

2. Man
Man is a sinner. Left on his own, man could not live a perfect, sinless life. Whether our mistakes would be large or small, we would all make mistakes. How have we all done so far? Right. Mistakes! We cannot save ourselves.

It is interesting to note that the Greek word for "sin" was an archery term and meant "to miss the bull's eye" on a target. It didn't matter how far off an archer was from the perfect center of the target, he was either perfect, or his arrow missed perfection, measured as sin.

Matthew 5:48
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect . . ."

Romans 3:23
"But all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

Ephesians 2:8,9
"By grace are you saved through faith, and that faith is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of our works, so no man can boast."

All of us are imperfect. None of us can work our way to perfection on our own so we can't brag about achieving sinlessness. Man needs God's help if eliminating sin from our lives is a goal.

3. God
God is merciful and does not want to punish us, He loves us.   However, God is also PERFECT and HOLY and must punish sin.

1 John 4:8
"He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

Hosea 6:6
"For I desire mercy and not sacrifice . . . "

Habakkuk 1:13
"You [God] are of purer eyes then to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness."

4. Jesus Christ
He is the incarnate Son of God, the only perfect man, who did not sin Himself, but who died to pay for our sins. His death and resurrection were sufficient to pay for every sin of every person who ever lived or will live and is available to all men.

John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe upon Him shall never perish but have eternal life."

5. Faith
Faith is not just an intellectual agreement that there is a God but a complete trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation and a changed life now and eternally. Jesus is the only bridge between man and God--between imperfect and perfect.

James 2:19
"You believe that there is one God; you do well, the demons also believe in God, and tremble."

2 Corinthians 5:14
"The love of Christ constrains us" In other words, we agree we cannot earn salvation, love, and mercy, and we choose to live by surrendering our will and our lives to God out of gratitude that no matter what we have done, if we trust Jesus to have paid for our sins, we are forever forgiven.

Romans 8:1
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus  . ."

If you are sincere and want to surrender your will and your life to God, express that commitment to Him in a prayer like this:

Lord Jesus, I want You to come take over my life. I am a sinner.  I have been trusting in myself to fix my life. But now I place my trust in You. I accept You as my Savior and believe You died for me. Help me turn from my sins and follow You. I accept the free gift of eternal life and I thank You for Your presence in my life. Amen

 



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com