Messages from the Word of God by Br. David Nelson, Evangelist Available bi-monthly on cassette or CD. All materials free as the Lord provides. Messages from the Word of God by Br. David Nelson, Evangelist Available bi-monthly on cassette or CD. All materials free as the Lord provides. © 2010 No Greater Love Ministry Peace With God Reconciliation, the act of restoring to friendship or harmony, oftentimes needs to occur in many areas of our lives. There are times when parents need to be reconciled to their children and children to their parents. Times when husbands need to be reconciled to their wives and wives to their husbands. There are times when even good friends need to come and be reconciled one with the other. But the greatest need for reconciliation is not between men, but between men and God. (2 Corinthians 5:18,20) "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." Please consider these three simple yet profound truths: THE PROBLEM: SIN God created man of His own free will. Man was created to worship, to love, and to obey God. The first man, Adam, sinned against God in disobeying His Commandments. That sin brought death and condemnation to the entire Human race. We read in the Bible these facts: (Romans 5:12) "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Ecclesiastes 7:20) "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." (Romans 3:9) "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;" Many have tried to save themselves by good works, church attendance, baptism and many other things. The truth is these can never bring salvation. (Matthew 7:22,23) "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." THE PROVISION: JESUS CHRIST Although man could not save himself, God provided a means for salvation for us. (John 3:16,17) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." Jesus, God's Son, came into this world born of a virgin. Because He was the "seed of a woman" He was not a partaker of the sin nature that is found in the human race. He was perfect. He came not simply to show the way to God, He came to be the way to God. (John 14:6) "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." This was accomplished through His sacrificial death at Calvary. He became the final, perfect sacrifice for the sin of man. (2 Corinthians 5:21) "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (Hebrews 9:12) "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." (Hebrews 10:12) "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" (Ephesians 1:7) "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;" (1 Peter 1:18-21) "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." He was buried and rose again the third day as proof that His sacrifice was complete and accepted. He ascended into heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father. One day soon He will return to receive all of those that have trusted Him for salvation and judge all of those that have refused. THE PROMISE: SALVATION (2 Peter 3:9) "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." God wants you to be saved, but you must be saved His way. You may ask, "How do I do that?" Consider three simple words. Realize Realize that you are a sinner and that your sins have separated you from God. Know that before God you are condemned but you can be saved if you will respond to God. Repent To repent means "to turn around." This means more than just being sorry for your sins. It means an awareness of what sin has cost and a desire to turn from those things that are not pleasing to God. Receive Receive Jesus into your life by faith as your personal Lord and Saviour. The scriptures tell us if we will do this then we will be saved. (John 1:12) "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (Romans 10:9, 10) "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:13) "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Hebrews 3:15) "While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." Please do not put off your decision for Christ. This may be the last chance you will have to respond to God's call. If you die without receiving the mercy He freely offers then you will be in hell for all eternity. Let us know about your decision.