“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
In the beginning, God created a perfect world. Despite this, Adam and Eve rebelled against God and chose to disobey him in the Garden of Eden.
However, God did not abandon his people. In his mercy, he promised to look after us forever if we only obey him. Since we are sinful and share in the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, we cannot ever obey him perfectly.
“As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.’” (Romans 3:10-11)
But there is good news! God sent his son, Jesus Christ, into the world to deliver us from our sins. Only Jesus has obeyed God perfectly, and he fulfilled all of God’s requirements when he willingly died to free us from our sins.
If we confess our sin to God and believe in Jesus, we can look forward to a renewed relationship with God that will last forever.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6: 23)
Out of thankfulness to God we strive to live in a way that is pleasing to him, according to the instructions found in his Word. Our purpose in life is to honour and glorify God in worship and through the way we live each day.
God has given us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of all believers and helps us understand how to glorify him in everything that we say, think and do.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12: 1-2)
Praise be to God for this amazing gift!