KNOW GOD

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” - John 17:3

WHO IS JESUS?

It may surprise you to learn that Jesus asked this same question to His disciples. He said to them, “Who do people say that I am?” You see, people had all sorts of ideas about who Jesus was. Some held that He was a rabbi, others that He was a prophet and still others that He was John the Baptist resurrected. But Jesus wanted to make sure that His disciples knew the truth about Him. So, He asked them further, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter, speaking on behalf of the disciples said, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” Jesus affirmed that Peter was right even indicating that Peter’s understanding had come by the revelation of God. (Matthew 16:13-17)

 

There are two key truths that Jesus affirms about Himself:

 

  • First, that He is the Christ, or Messiah in Hebrew. That is, He is the Chosen One of God sent to rescue us from our sins. 
  • Second, that He is the Son of God. In other words, He is the eternal God, who as John says, came in human flesh. 

 

Who do you say that Jesus is? Have you believed what He has said about Himself?

 

FURTHER BIBLE VERSES TO READ: John 1:14; Colossians 1:15-18; 1 John 2:1-2; Acts 2:38; John 3:16-21; John 20:31

 

JOHN 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

HOW CAN I KNOW HIM?

Jesus couldn’t have been clearer when He said that eternal life was to know the only true God and His Son whom He sent. In other words, eternal life isn’t just living forever, it’s living forever in relationship with the Father and the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t come, as many would suggest, through moral and religious efforts. It comes through faith in the gospel. The gospel is the good news that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and was raised from the dead. When you believe in Jesus your sins are forgiven, you are born again spiritually and brought into relationship with Him. To know Jesus doesn’t only mean to know information about Him, it means to experience Him forever!

 

FURTHER BIBLE VERSES TO READ: Romans 10:9-10; Romans 10:13; Jon 6:29; John 3:3

 

Pray this prayer from your heart:

 

Heavenly Father, I repent for being master of my own life and living separate from You. I turn away from my sin and I turn towards You. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I receive You, Jesus, as my Lord and my Savior. I welcome You, Holy Spirit, into my life to empower me and to restore me to intimacy with my heavenly Father. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

 

Congratulations and welcome to the family of God! If you prayed that prayer, the Bible teaches that you have been saved - you have been spiritually re-born and made brand new!

2 Corinthians 5:17

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

RESOURCES

You can find helpful resources below to get you started on your spiritual journey! YouVersion is an amazing Bible App that you can download to your phone to begin diving into the Word of God - the What's Next Plan is a great place to start! The Bible Project creates amazing visiualizations and videos of Scriptures to help you learn about Bible stories. And, you're invited to attend our Growth Track to get you started with the first steps of your new life in Christ.

GETTING CONNECTED

One of the best ways to find connection is by coming to church

Now that you know God as your loving Father, you belong to the family of Jesus Christ. What’s better than sharing your greatest joy with others who love what you love? Church is a place where all God’s people gather to worship together, hear God’s word, and be encouraged in our faith by others who love Jesus too! We welcome you to attend any of our upcoming church services in-person or online. God bless!