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Who Is God?
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Who is God?
Inspiration of the Bible
Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus

Behold the Lamb of God!

The Glory of God

Knowing and Experiencing God!

The Friend of Sinners

Great Assurance

The Victory that Overcomes the World

Growing in Jesus

The Indwelling Christ

The Prince of Peace

God is Love

The Lord of the Lord's Day
Why are We Here?
You are Blessed!
Born to be a King
 

Why Are We Here?

In all of human literature, only in the Bible do we find an authoritative description and reasonable explanation of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. The Bible claims to be written not "by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21).

Where Did We Come From?

In the Holy Scriptures we learn about the creation of the heavens and the earth. We learn about the creation of all the creatures and vegetation; and we learn about the creation of Adam and Eve, our human parents from the dust of the ground. We also learn about a rebellion that took place in heaven and how that rebellion was transferred to this earth and how our parents were caught up in that rebellion. We learn about God's plans for overcoming that rebellion by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, our Creator, to live for us, die for us, and to share with us His mission and ministry to save others. We learn from Him the principles of life, how to love, be patient and kind, how to forgive one another and do what is right, how to love, accept and serve others as He has loved, accepted and served us. We also learn of how He wants to share His inheritance with us throughout all eternity. We do not comprehend all that He means to us and has done for us.

Consider this: 100 years ago, where were you and I?

We were nothing, nonexistent, nada. We were nothing, then we were conceived by our parents, and we developed and grew and were nourished in our mother's womb. Then we were born and we lived and grew up, hopefully nurtured by the love of our parents, and we received our nutrition and oxygen from the products of the earth.

The sun rises every morning to bring light and warmth and energy to the earth and its inhabitants. Photosynthesis, the complex synthesis of putting together various elements of the earth to create plants that are entirely different from their independent elements, is a mystery that only God understands. And it is a science by which He beautifies the earth and feeds all its inhabitants. Radiant energy and light from the sun and the moisture of rain on the soil cause the elements of earth to seep into and nourish the seed and roots which then form the carbohydrates in the chlorophyll containing tissues of plants. Magnificent planning! Incredible execution! This does not just happen in some exotic laboratory somewhere. It happens all around us in all the plants that exist on earth. All the grasses, bushes, flowers, and trees are created by this process. It's a miracle of the science of life. The plants provide our primary food source and also the oxygen we breathe. Without plant life, we could not exist. We literally were created from the sperm and the ovum, and from the elements and nutrients of the earth, from the dust of the ground, so to speak.

Likewise, studying the scriptures to get to know God and to know His will for our life is something that is similar to photosynthesis. However, instead of the sun's energy that synthesizes the moisture of rain with elements of the earth to nourish plant life which becomes our food source and nourishment, it is God Himself and Jesus who synthesize the moisture of the Holy Spirit, representing the rain, with the elements of God's Word, the Bible, that provides spiritual nourishment and growth for our lives. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35). Jesus provides all the nutrients necessary for our spiritual life, health, and vitality. Temporal bread becomes beneficial and life-sustaining only as it is eaten, digested, and assimilated. Similarly, Christ, the living bread from heaven (John 6:51), must be fully eaten, digested, and assimilated into our characters. We must continually nourish our spiritual lives by feeding on Christ who is the bread of life. One writer said, "Our Saviour is the bread of life, and it is by beholding His love, by receiving it into the soul, that we feed upon the bread which came down from heaven" (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 112).

God reveals Himself to us in His created works, He reveals Himself to us in the Bible, He reveals Himself most fully to us in the life of Jesus, and He reveals Himself to us by His Holy Spirit. God's creation of the physical world, including you and me, is an expression of the thought and works and love of God. God created us from the genes of our parents and from the elements of the earth. From essentially nothing to forming a body for us, He gives us the breath of life, intelligence, and He shares His Holy Spirit with us in proportion as we desire to be filled with it. So why has He done this for you and me?

Why Are We Here?

Everyone wonders why we are here. Few people have a good answer. We do know that we live in a rebellious world. God wants us to know the difference between good and evil. In life we choose what values we will live by whether they are good values or not so good values. We are witnesses of the good and evil about us, and our lives are influenced by good and evil. The quality of the life that we live is determined by the quality of choices that were made for us as we were growing up and the quality of choices that we make for ourselves as adults.

We are here experiencing life in its rebellious state, and God wants us to learn from our experience the lessons of life. He has given to us a lesson book to study so that we may be successful learning the lessons of life. He wants us to learn from our mistakes and from the mistakes of others so that we may be prepared for the life to come.

What are the lessons God would have us to learn? The only way I know how to summarize it is to quote Jesus, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." That's what God would have us to learn. We need to know God and what it is that He is trying to tell us. We need to learn that we can trust Him, and we need to learn how to live by His instruction, His nourishment so to speak. It's the only safe way for us to live in this rebellious world.

At the beginning of Christ's ministry, he went to a wedding in Cana. The wedding party ran out of wine and His mother came to Him and said, "They have no wine." Jesus said, "What does that have to do with me" (John 2:4)? His mother said to the servants nearby, "Whatever He says to you, do it" (John 2:5). Now, Mary didn't know what Jesus was going to do. However, Mary knew Jesus. She knew that Jesus had a way of solving people's problems, and she relied on Him to solve this problem. Jesus told the servants to fill the waterpots with water. When that was done, he told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the feast. And you know the rest of the story. The water was turned to wine. The point here is that Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. They did it and the problem was solved.

When we learn that we can trust God and His Word and that what He tells us to do is what is best for us, we will be blessed beyond our comprehension. His blessings come most fully to those who are obedient to Him, to those who do what He asks them to do. When we accept His leading in our lives and learn the lessons He would have us to learn we will be more fully prepared for life. And as we learn that Jesus is there for us, He helps us to solve our problems.

So, Where Are We Going and Why:

The Bible tells us what will happen to the good and the evil. God does not leave us ignorant as to our future. The Bible shares with us an insight about where we are going and why. From the scriptures, we know the future. We are told what is going to happen and why. We know that Jesus is coming again, and He wants us to live with Him. We know that after a period of time spent in Heaven, the New Jerusalem will be transported to this earth. John tells us, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea, then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away' " (Revelation 21:1-4).

Now why would God do that for us, a sinful and rebellious race? He is going to transport the Holy City, New Jerusalem, from heaven to earth. He is going to dwell with us and be our Father, our brother, and friend. The earth will become the headquarters of the universe, the place where God dwells. It's wonderful and I'm looking forward to it, but why would He do that for us?

Again we have an insight into the why in Christ's words in Revelation 3:21. Jesus said, "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."

What does sitting down with Jesus on His throne imply? A throne implies a seat of government. A throne is a place from which a king rules his empire. Christ sitting down with His Father on His Father's throne implies that Christ is involved with His Father in the government of the universe. The throne of God implies the seat of the Government of God. God is the Creator and governor of the universe. Jesus said, "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne." To me that implies that those who overcome will be involved with Jesus in the administration of His universe. What a vision, what a hope, and what an irony!

This is the irony: The mighty Lucifer and his angels rebelled against their Creator and lost their position in the heavens and in the government of the universe. You and I, who were nothing before conception and birth, were parented, grew up and nourished by the elements and products of the earth. We received spiritual nourishment from God through His Word, we were watered by the Holy Spirit, and we received and accepted Jesus to show us the way. As we are faithful to the Spirit of God who lives in us and leads us, He teaches us how to live, and how to love God and our neighbor as ourselves; and we become prepared by the Spirit of God to be witnesses and messengers for Christ - not only here and now, but also in the future to the universe, ultimately taking the place of Lucifer and his angels. And we will be faithful messengers and witnesses for God and for Christ because we know from experience the hell that we have suffered because of sin and sickness and death and because of disobedience to the laws of nature, physical and spiritual.

Summary:

The Lord Jesus Christ, by His life, by the Holy Scriptures, and by His Holy Spirit has pledged Himself to be with us, to lead us and bless us and provide everything that is needed to fulfill His promises to us. He is our life, our spiritual nourishment, the bread of life. He asks us to dwell in Him as He dwells in us. Only in this way can He truly be our inspiration. "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). The power of our witness is dependent on our connection with Jesus.

The Bible assures us of God's love for us, His full and complete salvation for us, and His provision to be with us and bless us as we learn to love and serve others for Him. In the scriptures, God reveals our past, our present, and our future and He reveals Himself to us. He shares with us His vision.

It is God's purpose that everyone in heaven and on earth be brought into unity in Jesus (see Ephesians. 1:9, 10). And God has given Jesus Christ to us as a Saviour, a brother, and friend to show us the way to a life without end and without the sin, sickness, and evil that plague this world. God and Jesus Christ have pulled aside the veil, and have revealed to us Their purpose, and the future that we have, if we are willing to accept it. If we accept God's vision and plan for our lives and we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of our life, then we are in unity with Him; and our mission is to help others to know Him!

What a wonderful opportunity God has shared with us, that we may be involved with Him in helping people to come into unity with Jesus. Making friends for Jesus is making friends for eternity. I look forward to the time when sin and sickness no longer inhibit our ability to love and minister to one another in the fullness of God's wonderful Spirit.

Where did we come from? - We were nothing and He literally created us from the dust, from the elements of the earth.

Why are we here? - We are here to learn the lessons of life, to learn the difference between good and evil, to learn that we can trust God and His leading in our lives and to be witnesses to His creative and re-creative power in our lives.

Where are we going? - We have a choice. We can return to dust or we can accept God's wonderful and fabulous offer of adoption into His family. Oh what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we may become the children of God (see 1 John 3:1). We may receive an inheritance with Jesus and be involved with Him in the administration of His universe.

We cannot comprehend what that means. But it will be glorious and wonderful. We will be family and we will celebrate our kinship with God and with one another every Sabbath forever (Isaiah 66:23).

What a wonderful privilege God has given to us to make friends for Him and for eternity.

May God "who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20) bless you according to the inheritance He has given to us in Christ Jesus.

 
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