Do You Want to Live Forever?
DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?
The goal of the church is to make this great mystery of a relationship with God known to the world…”Christ in you, the hope of glory! Col 1:27
So what happened that so many people in our world don’t really know the true God? From this vast marketplace of ideas, what does Christianity claim; Easter in particular?
- This is what happened – a divine intervention
- This is why it happened – complete human disintegration
- This is what can happen for you – a divine inhabitation
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED
God planned to seek and save what was lost. Gal. 4:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:3-4
THIS IS WHY IT HAPPENED
Man, made to connect with God, became disconnected by manmade religion.
—when man-made religion happened, relationship with God ended. Man, created to spiritually connect with God, became disconnected—the spiritual part died – Humanity, from that moment on became dead spiritually to God, in their rebellion (transgressions/ sins) Eph 2:1-3—became objects of God’s wrath rather than affection. Every baby born is born at odds, by nature, with God (Is. 53:6)
Preferred (popular) way/ assumed way/ inherited way – all our good works are viewed by God like filthy rags (Is. 64:6) the extreme requirement facing us—be perfect or die for your sins. STANDARD—Dt 5:32-33; 6:25; Lv 11:44-45/ 1Pet 1:16 Be holy (perfect) God requires of you and me 100% holy perfection to hang with him. But how?
God has made a way people can connect with him forever.
God’s way/ religion … the sins of mankind cannot be fixed by man-made religions. Jesus, the sinless Son of God—God in flesh, willingly died for the sins of the guilty, so that God could be both just and merciful. Gal. 4:4-7; Rom. 6:23; 1 Pet 2:24-25; Heb 9:27-28
THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN FOR YOU
God will give you the free gift of his righteousness, the indwelling Spirit of Christ
Rom 1:16-17; Eph 2:8-9; Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Rom 5:17; 10:4—this righteousness is given to those who believe
How does Christ in you, happen? THIS THEN IS YOUR HOPE OF GLORY—living forever---
- Conviction of guilt of sin Jn 16:8
- Belief in the truth Jn. 3:16
- The will to act on what you believe Rom. 10:9-10