Monday, January 23, 2012

Why these verses?

As a New Year’s Resolution I issued a challenge of memorizing a verse a week from the Word of God. I just posted verse #4 on my Twitter (which is where they will be posted every Monday):

You will probably notice somewhat of a pattern now that we are in week 4:

First, God created everything and everyone…so He makes the rules:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

We cannot breeze by the very first verse of the Word of God; let that soak in for a little bit. GOD, the CREATOR, created ALL!! I don’t care if you are a scientist, philosopher, intellectual, or a skeptic….if your eyes are not opened to this Truth; how can you receive the rest of God’s Word?  The very foundation of knowing God hinges on having the knowledge that He is the giver of Life…every breath you take would NOT be so if it not for the grace of God and His will. You will not breath another breath of life if it is not in God’s will that you do so….WOW!

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The first verse of John is talking about Jesus, the Son of God. When we talk about God we cannot be generic in the way God is shared with the world. We cannot pray in such a generic fashion that could be easily applied to any religion in the world. Unfortunately, the name of God has come to mean “whatever you want it to mean”; but be assured, there is only one God of the Universe, Creator of all things. In addition, God manifest Himself in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is God and if you are wrong about Jesus, it doesn’t matter what you are right about.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Although it is right to say there is only One True God, we also need to be aware that God exists in “three Persons”; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I don’t think there is any doubt that this is hard for anyone to get their mind around. One of the simplest examples I’ve heard that allows us to get a little closer to grasping this is: “The sun exists with three distinct characteristics, heat, light and radiation. The same is true with God, who exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Jesus makes clear who He is in John 14:6.  He also makes it clear how to get to where we want to go. The Father is in Heaven, whereas the Son of God left His Heavenly home to come here, the Father stayed. Jesus is saying in this verse; I know you want to go to Heaven, and I love you so much that I am telling you that there is only One Way, and I am that Way. Jesus is saying without Me, you will not inherit eternal life, without Me you will not know the Truth, without Me you cannot go to Heaven.

If we believe all the above to be True, then obviously there will be a sense of urgency and desire to know what Jesus taught. After all, if He is the only One with the Truth, I want to know how to be saved, and I want to know what He wants from me.  Don’t misunderstand, when I say “what He wants from me” is NOT implying that we can earn our way to Heaven. Eternal Life is a free gift, given by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ. That being said, Jesus gives us plenty of “trail markers” so we can be sure we are on the narrow path, leading to the narrow gate; and staying in His will for our life. He gives us these “trail markers” because there are many things that will keep us on, or drag us back to the broad road that leads to hell.

Matthew 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

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