Does God Exist?
The Bible says in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Creation, everything above the earth and in it, all give a clear and undeniable message: there is an all-powerful and wise God and He is the Creator and Sustainer of all creation. All of humanity is held responsible by God for their denial of His existence because of the evidence He has provided through creation.
So how can we come to know Him?
The Word of God
The Bible is God’s written Word to us. “All Scripture is God-breathed…” (2 Timothy 3:16). It tells us about God: who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. It also tells us about ourselves: our nature, our attributes, our qualities, our beginnings and our ends. Consider the following truths of the Bible:
God is the Sovereign Creator
Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.” As God is the creator of all things, He is also the owner, ruler, and sustainer of His creation. “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). This means that He has authority over us too. Therefore, we owe Him our devotion, obedience, and worship.
God is Holy
God is completely holy, meaning that He is perfect and faultless in every way (Isaiah 6:3). Because He is holy, He cannot commit or promote evil of any kind (James 1:13). He also expects us to be holy, as it says in 1 Peter 1:15-16, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”
All of Humanity is Sinful
According to God’s Word, everyone is guilty of sin. This means that we are all unable to meet God’s standard of holiness. There is no one who does not sin (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean that we can’t (or don’t) do acts of kindness towards each other; what we are completely incapable of doing is loving, pleasing, or understanding God on our own. Romans 3:10-12 says, “There is not one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Sin Demands a Penalty
Because God is holy and just, He has to demand a punishment for all sin. The just punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). In Ezekiel 18:4, God says, “For every living soul belongs to Me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to Me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.” No amount of good works can rid us of the consequences of our sins.
Jesus is Lord and Savior
God is just, therefore He must punish sin.
However, because of His love (1 John 9-10), God has provided a Savior to take the punishment for us, thereby paying the penalty of sin (1 Peter 3:18). This Savior is God’s one and only Son: Jesus. About 2,000 years ago, Jesus voluntarily left His glory in heaven. He was supernaturally born of a virgin, coming into this world as a baby (John 10:18), both fully human and fully God.
He lived a sinless and perfect life, thereby satisfying the demands of God’s complete holiness (1 John 3:5). Although He was tempted in every way, He never betrayed His own divine and holy nature (Hebrews 4:15). He alone is the perfect atonement for our sin (1 John 2:2).
After 33 years of keeping all of God’s commands, He died on the cross, thereby satisfying the demands of God’s justice (Romans 3:26; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
After laying for three days in the grave, Jesus came back to life by the power of God the Holy Spirit, thereby defeating sin & death. If His atoning work on the cross had not been acceptable by God, then He would not have been raised to life again (Romans 1:4).
In satisfying both God’s holiness and justice, God the Son enabled God the Father to forgive us of our sins and save those of us who put our faith in Him. Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The Character of Saving Faith
In order to know Christ and to be saved from the punishment of our sins, we must believe the truths He has revealed in the Bible. To believe in the Lord is to have faith in Him. But that is not all.
True faith in Christ is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and then deliberately and willfully turning away from sin. Luke 13:3 says, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
So, in turning away from your sin (1 Thess. 1:9), what do you pursue instead? John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” You must pursue Christ and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It is not enough to simply know facts about Christ, because even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:18-19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience to the Lord and His Word.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~Ephesians 2:10