Is there a God? Why should we believe in Jesus? And who is the Holy Spirit?
Well the Bible says that there is a Creator: ‘In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.’ (Genesis chapter 1 verse1).
Indeed the initial Creation was a perfect world as ‘God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good.’ Unfortunately, as the first man Adam failed to follow God’s basic instructions, the world fell from its perfect state, of no death, no killing and no disease. Due to the first man sinning, or failing to follow God’s ways, his actions caused death to be something his descendants would suffer, where everlasting life with God had been intended.
If you read the New Testament Gospels in the Bible they tell us that, Jesus came into the world as a man, yet He was still fully God. Unlike the descendant’s of Adam (us) who carry the first man’s rebellious or sinful streak and are subject to death, Jesus as God’s Son having no sin or rebellion in Him, chose to face death on our behalf and being God overcame death for us. Jesus chose to take the punishment for all our sinful and rebellious ways against God, by shedding His blood and dying on the Cross, and that it is through believing in Jesus and what He did, that we can be reconciled to God.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life. For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John chapter 3 verse 16- 18 King James Version.)
The apostle Paul was persecuting the new followers of Jesus when he met Jesus Christ in a vision and gave his heart to Him. He reiterates how Jesus paid the price for the sins committed by us against God and encourages us to believe in Jesus. In the book of Romans he says in chapter 5, verse 8 -11 (NIV-New International Version):
‘Whilst we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled shall we be saved through His life!’
‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans chapter 6 verse 23 NIV-New International Version.)
The four Gospel writers of the Bible’s New Testament explain how Jesus was God and did the will of God, by going to the Cross to be crucified and then rose from the dead.
Even Jesus’s own disciples found His Resurrection hard to accept.
‘While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them,” Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your mind? Look at my hands and feet.” (Luke chapter 24 verse 37 NIV)
For Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Do you believe this?” (John chapter 11 verse 25 NIV)
Jesus actions restored what was lost at the beginning of time i.e. an everlasting life for us with our Creator, in a perfect kingdom on earth. God promises in the final book of the Bible to ‘wipe every tear from their eyes,’ as he prepares a new eternal place for us, once we have accepted His gift of new life found in Jesus Christ. Although our bodies may die, our spirits can live on with God to one day receive a perfect eternal body like Jesus had when He was resurrected.
And what about the Holy Spirit? It is also important to remember the role of The Holy Spirit in helping us to rebuild our relationships with God through Jesus.
When Jesus talked to Nicodemus one of the spiritual teachers of Israel He said, “ I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and of the Spirit. The flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” Jesus reprimanded Nicodemus for not recognizing the importance of needing a spiritual rebirth to enter the Kingdom of God. (John chapter3 verse 5 NIV)
In John’s Gospel, John says, ‘’Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that He breathed on them and said,” Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John chapter 20 verse 21 NIV)
So who is Holy Spirit? Well He was noted at being present at the creation of the world, having ‘moved upon the face of the waters,’ so too Jesus was there at the beginning, known as the ‘The Word of God’ for John says in his gospel, ‘through Him all things were made.’ So the relationship between God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible shows them to be inseparable, working together, often referred to by Christians as the ‘one true God is triune in nature i.e. three co-equal and co-eternal persons in the Godhead.’
Thus we choose to reconcile to God through Jesus the presence of the Holy Spirit also comes into our lives, to guide us in all God’s ways, when we allow The Holy Spirit to lead.
‘And if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.’ (Romans 8 verse 11 NIV)
Thus all who repent and turn back to God through believing in Jesus can live forever with Jesus, God the Father and The Holy Spirit, i.e. their Creator.
‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the Sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of bondage again to fear but have received the Spirit of Adoption whereby we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the Children of God. And if the children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:14-18 King James Version.)
If we want to ask Jesus into our lives and become the ‘Children of God’, then we can pray and ask God to forgive our sins, or previous ways, then accept Jesus as our personal Saviour:
How? Paul writes in the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 9:
‘That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be Saved.’
Many turn to Jesus by way of the Salvation Prayer (also called the Sinner’s Prayer) when they realise that they have sinned or gone against God during their lives. This prayer may be worded differently, by different people leading the prayer, but includes the above sentiments. Here is one example of the prayer by evangelist Billy Graham, for those who would like to ask Jesus into their heart and lives:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour. In Your Name.
Another form of the prayer can be found in book by John Bunyan called Pilgrim’s Progress:
God be merciful to me a sinner, and make me to know and believe in Jesus Christ; for I see, that if his righteousness had not been, or I have not faith in that righteousness, I am utterly cast away. Lord, I have heard that thou art a merciful God, and hast ordained that thy Son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of the world; and moreover, that thou art willing to bestow him upon such a poor sinner as I am—and I am a sinner indeed. Lord, take therefore this opportunity, and magnify thy grace in the salvation of my soul, through thy Son Jesus Christ.
Matthew chapter 7 verse 7-8 says; “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds: and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
If you want to have your name written in the ‘Lamb’s Book of Life’, or want to know more about being ‘saved’ by accepting Jesus Christ into your life, then consider praying, asking, seeking God, in order to gain reconciliation with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
A Prayer for Salvation-
Lord Jesus, I need You in my life, I believe You are the Son of God and that you died on the cross for me. Please forgive my sins and create a clean heart in me. Renew my spirit so that I can hear Your voice. I accept you as my Saviour! You are my Lord! Amen.
If you pray the Prayer of Salvation with all your heart and/or first want to find out more about Salvation and the Kingdom of God, then please seek out local Christian churches where they would be able to welcome you into the family of God and lead you into a deeper knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom.
If this is not possible then why not check out some of the links on the Worldwide Witness page to find out more about Jesus, God’s Word and His coming Kingdom……