How can I be saved and live with Jesus and He with me?

The Bible says that if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, you will be saved. This means that you believe and acknowledge that Jesus is God and speak out of your own mouth, thus, making a public statement to the world that you truly believe that Jesus is Lord. Also, when you state that Jesus is Lord, this means you realise that you are not. Coming to this revelation means that you understand you cannot live in your own way, according to the fleshly desires.

 

When you believe and confess the Lordship of Jesus you say that you surrender to Him. “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” You give your life to Him, asking Him to teach you; by His Word (the Bible – His inspired Word) and Holy Spirit (the teacher) how to live the new life he has given you.

 

Reference reading: Romans 10:9, Romans 8:5-17, Galatians 2:20, John 14:26

Is there more than one God?

No. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are ONE God – the only God. They are distinguished by their relationship but not by being, they are the ONE being.

There are many reasons to say that God is one. Simply though, Father, Son and Holy Spirit all always existed. Not one of them was created, each always existed in those three divine persons. They do not have different personalities, they operate via the same ethic, moral, character, and value. They each submit to each other, they always work together in the nature of One God – God is one.

 

As an example, you are one person, you have a body, a soul (mind) and a spirit. Each of those is all connected and inseparable (i.e. whatever happens to your body affects your mind and spirit). However, your mind has a different function to that of your body. In some ways, your mind is distinctly different from your body. Even still, you know that it is in no way a different or separate person.

Although this analogy doesn’t adequality represent the doctrine of the Trinity, it may be helpful in your understanding despite its limitations.

 

We read that Jesus prays to His Father in Heaven – “Not my will, but yours be done.” This indicates the individuality of the persons of the Trinity yet, ultimately the Son submits to the will of God (Himself). We also read Jesus’ claim “I and the Father are one.”, much to the disgust of the Pharisees and this, apart from God's own will to lay His Life down, is ultimately what caused Jesus to be crucified.

 

Reference reading: John 1, Genesis 1, Matthew 20:22–23, Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42, John 18:11

What happens when I give my life to Jesus? What does that mean?

You will be saved; set free from sin and its wages - death itself. Jesus says that you must be born again. This means that because you were born into the world as a sinner when you decide to surrender to Jesus, you give away the old, sinful lifestyle and you live according to His Holy Spirit which was always God’s intention for you. God always desires that each person would live in relationship to Him, like a son or daughter.

 

Reference reading: Romans 8:5, Galatians 5:25

What is sin?

Sin is disobedience to God. Fundamentally, sin is a rejection of God’s Word, Jesus Himself, and the things He says to do.

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is our saviour, Lord, friend - Jesus is God. He is eternally God who was born as a man on earth. He came to seek and save the human race.

 

Reference reading: John 1, Mark 1:1, 1 John 5:20, Philippians 3:20

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God. He is God’s own Spirit. He is not subsequent to Father God.

 

He (the Holy Spirit) is given to believers who seek Him to carry out God’s will on earth. As said, the Holy Spirit is God and the manifestation of the power of God. He has a will; thus, He is not merely a thoughtless force, rather He is a divine being.

 

Reference reading: Acts 1, John 3:8

Why did Jesus come to save me?

Jesus came to save you because He loves you and wants to be connected to you relationally – the relationship He originally intended for you. God always desired to be connected like a family to people. He wants to offer you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. He wants to make you aware of your original, created purpose and identity; a child of God, created with a destiny, a hope, and a future.

Reference reading: John 3:16-17, Galatians 3 & 4, Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 23:18

Why does the Bible say Jesus is God and the Son of God?

The Bible describes the relationship of Jesus and God the Father as a father-son relationship to help us understand (via an earthly relationship to which we can relate) the kind of relationship and the distinction of person that Jesus and God the Father have. However, it is very important to understand that Jesus was not created by God since this would mean that Jesus is subsequent to God – this is not the case. Jesus is God; He always existed and always will. “By Him, all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

 

In the being was the Word [capital ‘W’ indicates the name of God] and the Word was with God, and the Word [Jesus] was God.

 

Reference reading: John 1, Genesis 1