An Unknown God

 

Athens, around A.D. 50—leading city of ancient Greece and center of one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known. Yet in this city famous for learning and philosophy stood an altar bearing the inscription, “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.”

Within every human being persists a desire to worship something. But without knowing what we are to worship, we may worship the wrong object, construct an object to worship, or like the Athenians, simply conclude that we worship someone, even though we don’t know who it is we worship.

One day Paul, a man sent by God to speak the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, came to Athens. He spoke to the Athenians to tell them that God is a knowable God.

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The Word of the Cross

 

“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Written nearly 2,000 years ago, these words in the Bible address the attitude of certain Greeks in Corinth who prided themselves on their philosophy. They ardently pursued wisdom in an attempt to understand the universe and mankind. Yet, although their philosophy had not answered the questions concerning the problems of human nature or the meaning of mankind’s existence, these wisdom seekers rejected the word concerning Jesus Christ and His crucifixion, dismissing it as foolishness.

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Does God Have a Plan?

 

When we’re little children, many times we play with our toys in a random way, exploring as we learn. But we have no grand scheme or purpose to our play. We simply make it up as we go.

But can you imagine God doing something like that? Would the God who is wise, loving, and eternal create the universe without a purpose? Could He create human beings without a purpose?

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Is Jesus in Your Boat?

 

Whether we’re unsaved, newly saved, or have been Christians for a long time, we all have the same basic need—Jesus. We may need to receive Him for the first time, or we may need to receive Him into a particular situation. In this gospel post, we’ll see how we can invite Jesus into our turbulent life.

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

 

The crucifixion of Jesus is generally acknowledged as a defining event in human history. But why did Jesus have to die? His earthly life was perfect and his conduct irreproachable. He spoke words of wisdom and grace. He ministered to and cared for all kinds of people. Wasn’t it enough that His life is a good pattern for us? Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

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Was Mankind Created to Be Redeemed?

 

In the garden of Eden, God lost the part of His creation that He considered very good—mankind. Yet, though man fell under the wiles of Satan, God took a tremendous and necessary step to regain what was rightfully His, created for His own purpose from the beginning. This step is the step of redemption.

What is redemption?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to redeem is “to get or win back.” For example, let’s say you unintentionally park your car in a tow-away zone. When you return to your parking spot later, you discover your car is gone. You have the keys and the title deed, but you lost possession of your car. To regain it, you must fulfill the requirements of paying the citation and the fees charged by the towing company.

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The Difference Between “Believing In” and “Believing Into” Jesus in John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.”

Have you ever wondered why John 3:16 in the New Testament Recovery Version says “believes into Him” instead of “believes in Him?”

The New Testament was written in Greek, the common language in the land at the time. In the original Greek, in and into are different words. Into is used not only in John 3:16, but also in other verses in the New Testament. The New Testament Recovery Version accurately translates this Greek word into English as “into.”

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The Keys to Unlock the Mystery of Human Life

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.

“And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”—Gen. 1:26

Most of us, at some point in our life, have wondered what the purpose of our life is. We might have asked ourselves questions about God, life, the universe, and the meaning of our existence.

Without answers to these questions, we feel empty, and at times we might think, “What’s the point?” Is there more than just being born, living, and dying? This first chapter gives us the answers to these all-important questions.

The Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1 companion posts begin with Chapter 1: “The Mystery of Human Life.” Here we’ll discover six keys that unlock the mystery of the purpose of our life. Questions to help solidify your understanding of these keys accompany each one. Once you read the chapter, see whether you can find the answers to the questions in the reading.

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How to Be Saved by Receiving the Lord Jesus

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.”—Acts 16:31

As we’ve learned from reading this chapter, there’s so much more to our life according to God’s plan than we could have ever imagined.

We learned that God wants to express Himself through mankind, and so He created us in a very special way. God created us with a spirit so we could receive Him as our content and thus be able to express Him. But before this could happen, sin entered into mankind. As a result, our spirit was deadened, we became enemies of God, and our body was changed into what the Bible calls the sinful flesh. In this state, we cannot express God.

However, God would never give up His original purpose. In His wisdom He became a man, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ went to the cross to redeem us, take away our sin, and bring us back to God. But this is not all. He resurrected and became the life-giving Spirit so He could enter into anyone who would open to Him.

Now we can be regenerated with God’s life by repenting to God and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! And once He comes into us, God then begins a lifelong process to spread Himself from our spirit into our soul and eventually to our body, saving us fully. By this we become people who can express God and fulfill His plan. What a full and complete salvation! This truly is the meaning of our human life.

On our side, everything begins with our turning to God and receiving the Lord Jesus into us. We hope all our readers have done this. If not, we urge you to open to Him in prayer now.

Key quote from the reading

Page 9: “To be regenerated, simply come to the Lord with an open and honest heart and say to Him:

Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I need You. Thank You for dying for me. Lord Jesus, forgive me. Cleanse me from all my sins. I believe You rose from the dead. I receive You right now as my Savior and life. Come into me! Fill me with Your life! Lord Jesus, I give myself to You for Your purpose.”

Respond

Tell us about the time you opened your heart to the Lord and prayed to receive Him. You can also tell us how this chapter showed you the real meaning of your human life.


Who Is Jesus? [video]

Who is Jesus? For 2000 years people have asked this question of questions. Many people have some idea, but who is He, really?

BfA has a new, two-minute video presenting who Jesus is to help you introduce Him to people you know. We hope you enjoy it, and we encourage you to join us in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ by sharing this video!

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