Somehow I knew God wanted to speak to me. I picked up a small New Testament Bible that I had hardly read and randomly opened to Luke 9 and read, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but, whoever loses his life because of Me will save it." Then I felt something say to me, "You claim that you follow God but are you living by this?" Then, a deep conviction came over me.
The father and the many bystanders question the power of God when even the disciples cannot help the boy. This leads Jesus to utter the aforementioned quote about the importance of having faith. This proves that Jesus believes that anyone can be saved, if he has faith in God. This could even extend to the rich man. If the rich man had faith in God, he too could be saved.
In the Beginning, God expressed himself in positive terms because he was complete (Girgenti. 10). The Bible states, “…when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” ( John. 4:23). Concerning this, Jesus is searching for people who worship not out of obligation but with all freedom and love unto him.
I urge you to explore those areas just mentioned and ask God again and again who He wants us to be for Him as that can be specific for each of us. But in in addition to this, part of God’s plan is for us to become more and more Christ-like as the years go by and to use us to bring others to him. I need you to imagine something so would you close your eyes for a second please. Think for a moment about the person or persons who helped you come to Christ. What did they tell you about Jesus?
John puts it this way as he reports Jesus’ words: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you“ (Jn 14:26 unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the English Standard Version). I think that Packer sums this up beautifully when he says “The essence of the Holy Spirit’s ministry … is to mediate the presence of Jesus Christ” (2005:49). Reeves states that the Spirit gives himself to enable us to know and enjoy him and his fellowship with the Father and the Son”
Psalm 89:26 says, “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation’” (NKJV). Many other religions acknowledge that Jesus was a good teacher, but they strip Him of His Deity. With the Word of God as our source, we can see that Jesus is just as much God as the Father and Spirit. In Phil. 2:5-11 Paul gives us a very clear picture of Jesus’ deity “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage…” (NLT).
ii) Those who believe in Christ become sons of God (John1:10, 12) and they will not be condemned (John3:16-18), the believers are entitled for eternal life. iii) INCARNATION: How Christ the Word became flesh/man and came to dwell among mankind. (John 10)Though many dispute the deity of Christ, it is the truth. God himself at Jesus baptism attested to Jesus as his only begotten son (Matthew 3:14, 15). IV) Justification Doctrine: The believer should learn and eternalize the message of redemption and justification.
In Romans 8:28 it said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” In Isaiah 41:10 it said “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I could feel God’s voice-- soft and pleasant. It seemed like God was soothing me with His words. God surely solved my life
As I mentioned earlier I have need felt like any of my teachers have forced anything on me but they have challenged me to think about what I believe. This has moved me to think about God in different ways. Some of those ways are not how a lot people want to think about God. I am not saying that thinking about in these different ways have changed my view on totally but they have caused me to examine them to see if they are true. In some ways this challenging of my faith has cause me to praise God more and in others it has caused my relationship with God to be hindered.
They believed that there will be a messiah who will save them from the suffering. They believed that Jesus was the messiah and the son of God.Jesus was a Jew who lived in a period of human suffering. He heal the sick and spread his teachings about God. Jesus believed that the cause of human suffering is due to one's sin, and people can earn salvation through faith in God. The first followers of Jesus were his twelve disciples.