Thursday, March 22, 2018

Have You Heard of the 4 Spiritual Laws?

You may or may not have heard of the 4 Spiritual Laws.  Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws, which govern your relationship with God.  These four laws help us to understand how to share Christ with those who do not know Him.

The first law is, God loves you, and offers a wonderful plan for your life.  God's Word tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."  Jesus Christ said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (John 10:10).  In other words Christ came in order that our life might be full and meaningful.  Many people do not experience this abundant life because....

The second law tells us that man is sinful and separated from God.  Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.  We are told in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.  Since God is holy and man is sinful, there is a great gulf that separates them both but we learn from the third law the only way to bridge that gulf.

The third law informs us that Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.  Through him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.  Romans 5:8 tells us that Jesus Christ died in our place, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Not only did he die but Christ rose from the dead.  We are told that, “Christ died for our sins…  He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures…” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)  God bridged that gulf that separated us from Him by sending His sinless Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.  Knowing these three laws is not enough...

We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives~~this is the fourth law.  Jesus Christ said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).

You see, receiving Christ involves turning from our self to God (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us the kind of person He wants us to be. It is not enough just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins.  Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience.  We must receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our personal will.  Please share this Good News with others this Easter~~it truly is the reason for the season.

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