Summary: If there was only 1 thing I could tell you, it would be this…
From the beginning of time, God had a master plan for the human race: to make us become fellowheirs, members of the body of Christ, and partakers of the promise of the Holy Spirit in Christ by the gospel; in truth, children. However, we of our own accord—and for our own selfish reasons—have moved mountains, desperately trying to evade this impending reality. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And so, by God’s grace, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, let us try to understand this better and how it applies to us, using a simpler illustration of a kingdom.
It is this idea of a good King—one who is powerful, wealthy, righteous, just; having all authority in His hand to do whatsoever He pleases, but yet is thoughtful, compassionate, kind, and longsuffering; gracious to forgive and slow to anger—who, from the very beginning until now, has sought to extend the borders of His kingdom to anyone who so chooses to become a part of it.
Without the walls of this kingdom is darkness and destruction; within is light and life. Without is hopelessness and confusion; within is promise and assurance. Subjects without scramble to seize by force every morsel of prosperity and pleasure they can find, steal, or labour for; that is, that which is seen, which this present, time-bound world and life are able to afford. Contrariwise, subjects within enjoy the rest and peace which only the promise of eternal life (secured by the King Himself) can bring, however deferred it may be, for however long. And still, the King continues to seek for true worshippers to worship Him in spirit and in truth; as it is written, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
A good many years ago, in an ironic twist of events, He had originally sought to reconcile His very own, but His own received Him not. And as it then was, so it is today, that as many as will receive him, to them gives He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. But he that cometh unto God, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
True reconciliation with God is as follows:
- You must come to terms with the realization that at the singular point in time and day wherein you offended (transgressed) the law of God—whether it had been in lying, or stealing, committing adultery or serving other gods; to name only a few written ones—you are considered to be guilty of the entire law and of sin.
- Upon realizing that you have sinned against Him who is extolled and honoured by other excellent majesties as the King of heaven—all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: able to abase those that walk in pride—the only appropriate course of action from this moment forward is to bow in repentance toward God from your sins, praying Him to forgive you of all—no matter how many or how few; how large or how small; how often or how infrequent, even as a one-time occurrence—and acknowledge the payment made on your behalf for the penalty prescribed for sin which is death. This payment was made by His own Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the scriptures; and was buried, and rose again the third day according to the scriptures; witnessed by well over five hundred eyewitnesses, of whom many were still alive at the time of the recordation of this notable event in history.
- In this moment of true repentance and worship toward God, you must call upon Him to save you; and save you He will.
For the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the famous and the unsung, the weak and the strong, and everyone in between, the following prayer summarizes everything we’ve covered:
Lord Jesus (God),
I realize I have sinned against you and that the penalty for my sin is death. However, I also understand and believe that you came to this earth to die in my place so that I could be set free.
Please forgive me for all my sins; come into my heart, and save my soul.
I give my life into your hands now, and declare you to be my Lord and my God.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.