Plans for Salvation

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
Although it is a mystery to us WHY God would make us when He knew that we would fall away, we know that He did so willingly (Genesis 1) and that He provided for our forgiveness before He created us.
God knows all and sees all. He knew from the beginning that man would choose to sin. So, God planned before the world began for our salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. God taught His people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish as a guilt or sin offering.
Jesus came to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He died once for all time. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God.
Because God knew we would mess up, He provided for our salvation before the beginning of the world out of His mercy and goodness. Because of what Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, has done, we can be saved from our sins!

Jesus Saves

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Jesus came to earth to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus came to save us.
We sin. We need the forgiveness of God for our sins. He came as the sacrifice to be offered to God for our sins. God forgives us through Jesus. We can each accept His forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Jesus cares about each of us personally. We can each accept Him, if we will only do so.
Jesus has the power to forgive all sin. He died as the sacrifice for all sin.
If we believe on His name, God, through His grace, forgives us. We do not earn this forgiveness. It is a gift. It is the greatest gift. And God will not hold back from giving it to us.
His forgiveness washes us clean of all sin, He promises us in His word. “Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”

Jesus Taught Us

John 3:3-8
… Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” … I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Matthew 5:44-45
“…. Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; …”
When Jesus came to earth, He taught us many things. He taught us how to love God. He taught us to obey God. He taught us that we must be born again. He taught us to love one another. Jesus taught us how to live our lives in relationship to God and Man.  He came to save us, to deliver God’s message, and to teach us. We have so much to learn. Even when God explains things to us, sometimes we forget or we refuse to listen. Jesus teaches us with His words and with the example of His life. We have only to learn from Him.

Jesus Was God Come to Earth

John 1:1-4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
John 1:14
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.
The time was right. The need was evident. The decision was God’s. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
Jesus, the Son of God, came to Earth to be with men, to bring God’s message, to teach us, and to be God’s sacrifice for us and our sins. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth.
Jesus was God come to Earth. He said that He and the Father are one and that all that have seen Him have seen the Father. He came to seek and save that which was lost. And He came so that we might have life and have it to the full. And finally, He came to do His Father’s work, and to deliver His Father’s message, and to lay down His life for us.

Jesus Brought God’s Message

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus came to earth to be a living sacrifice for us. He also came to teach us. He brought God’s message. When Jesus began His ministry He said the same thing that John the Baptist had been saying as he preached. “Repent for he Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught us many things about the kingdom of Heaven and what it is like. He taught in parables to the crowds. Some understood and accepted Him, others didn’t.
When Jesus came into the world, He came and delivered God’s message. Those whose hearts were open to hearing His words accepted His message and those whose hearts were calloused, did not accept it. We are offered the same opportunity. We must humble ourselves to listen to His words and to accept them, for they are the words God told Him to say to us. They are to be our light in the darkness. They lead us to eternal life.

Jesus Dies and is Raised from the Dead

I Corinthians 15:19-23
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive, But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him.
Jesus, the Son of the Living God, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, dies on a cross in obedience to God’s will, so that we might receive forgiveness of our sins through His sacrifice. God the Father was determined to forgive us even though we did not (could not) deserve His forgiveness. Jesus came to make that forgiveness possible.  When He died for us, He destroyed Satan’s hold over us forever. After His death, He was buried. But Jesus did not stay in the grave. On the third day, He was raised from the dead. After His resurrection He was later seen alive by many people. He will never die again, Because of His sacrifice, His death, and His resurrection, we may have eternal life. Jesus died once for all of us. When He was resurrected by the power of God. He conquered death once for all of us. Now He is alive forever. By His grace we can share in His death and in His resurrection.

God The Alpha And The Omega

Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
God does indeed exist. He says in His Word
that He is the Beginning and the End. He says that His name is “I AM WHO I AM”. Jesus, His Son also laid claim to that name.
At the End of all things we know, God will create new things for us to know as His children.
Isaiah 65:17
“Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
Revelations 21:1-6 tells us what the new heavens and the new earth will be like. Since God is the Beginning of all things and the End of all things, He must be in the middle too; where we are!!
God is really important!
God loves us! He is so all encompassing, so present, and so indispensable, the only thing He could call Himself is “I AM”. Everything else hinges on how we accept that and how we relate to Him.

God Created The Seen and Unseen

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 
God exists. His name is “I AM.” He created everything there is whether it is seen or unseen. That includes everything and everyone. He created everything that you can touch, everything that you can see, and everything that no one can see. Everything that was created, was created by Him.
Since God made everything originally so that it was good, He is the only One who can tell us how to live our lives effectively, happily and in fullness. Later, He came Himself to teach us in the person of Jesus Christ. 
We can listen to all Jesus has to tell us. The Bible contains the truths we need. We need to listen to God, think about His words, and be ready to apply them to our lives.

How God Sees You

Because of what Jesus did for us in His own body by His death on the cross, He is able to bring us into the very presence of God.
Col. 1:22 (Nlt)
You are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault,
Remember, Jesus never sinned, but He willfully took on your sins. He did this that you might become the righteousness of God in Him.  It’s as though sin has never touched you. God says that you are cleared or not guilty of sin, which means that you are right with God.
Isa. 54:17
This is a blessing He gives to you.
He has always wanted to treat you as though  you have never sinned.

Your Inheritance IS Secure

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us. 1Peter 1:3-4
The most importance treasure you can ever have is your inheritance. It includes everything Jesus earned for you on Calvary’s cross.
Everything of true value is waiting for you – all the beauty, the glory, the freedom of our heavenly home. You will never outgrow its blessings. That inheritance will keep its value forever.
You share in Jesus’ resurrection right now. You have forgiveness and eternal life today! 
One day you will enjoy heaven, too. Christ, Himself, is keeping your inheritance safe.