Who is God?
This is where it all begins. The Bible tells us that God has created you and me, the universe, and everything else. Genesis 1:1 declares, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God made us in His image to know and enjoy eternal fellowship with Him. Genesis 1.26-27 declares, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him...” He created us to love, serve, and enjoy being with Him forever.
Because God is our Creator, He has the right to tell us how to live. God is holy and righteous, which means He is completely perfect and hates all evil. The Bible says in 1 John 1:5, “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
God is also love. The Bible says in 1 John 4:8-16, “... God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love...”
Instead of seeking God and loving Him, we have all rebelled against God and done wrong. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Our sin and rebellion against God separates us from God’s love. Sin is our problem and in order for us to be in fellowship with God our sin must have a solution provided for us.
God, in His great love, sent His Son Jesus to rescue us from our sin. Jesus came to take the punishment that we deserve because of our sin upon Himself on the cross. Jesus bore the penalty of sin in His death on the cross completely. Through this great act of love we are given the opportunity to accept this gift of God through repenting of our sin and believing in Jesus Christ.
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