We want people to know the love of God, which is realized through saving faith in Jesus Christ.
What do we really mean at Impact when we say that we want people to know the love of God? Is this just some abstract principle that we use to apply a moral compass to our lives? From the outside looking in, the concept of God’s love probably seems strange. Honestly, even for those who have attended church their whole lives, truly experiencing the love of God may mean something different for each individual. So let us set the record straight:
“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
This verse indicates several important facts that we must not overlook. First, there is in fact a God; He is not simply some abstract concept. Second, it is clear that God loves us all and demonstrates His love by giving us His Son. Finally, we see that believing in Him brings us eternal life. Things get much deeper from here, but we will summarize some important details.
The Bible teaches us that God created us, but that we chose to rebel against Him, which led to sin entering the world. This makes human beings both sinners by nature and by choice. What does that mean exactly? Have you ever noticed that you don’t need to teach a toddler to be rebellious? That is because our “sinful nature” is hardcoded into our DNA. Some may argue that they are simply a child, and have not learned what is morally acceptable. To that point, we are also sinners by choice, meaning when we do grasp the concept of morality, we still choose to hurt ourselves and others despite this knowledge. Sin has a degenerative impact on the world as well which is easily observable in our day to day lives.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 6:23
Human beings are eternal beings after all, meaning that at our deaths, we will spend our lives eternally at peace with God in a place called heaven, or eternally in anguish in a very real place called hell. Despite our rebellious nature and the onslaught of our sin eroding away at God’s creation, He set a plan in motion to save us from our self inflicted despair.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
Jesus Christ came to pay a very real price for our sins. His life, death and resurrection are verifiable facts that occurred in history and his existence is backed by both biblical and secular sources. His death by Roman crucifixion on a cross was the sacrifice that paid for our sins. His resurrection was proof that He was exactly who He said He was: “The Son of God.”
Many people spend their entire lives not taking a hard look at this evidence. They never realize how much information is available regarding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet if He is who He claims to be, doesn’t this change everything? Does it not compel us to look at life through a different lens? Does it not illuminate the entirety of Scripture and lead us to desire a more deep and personal relationship with Him?
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” -Luke 5:32
This leads us to the point of our blog: “The love of God is Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins, that we may have eternal life in Heaven.” The Bible teaches us that this knowledge (the Gospel) requires a response on our part. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for our sins, we must confess Him as Lord (this means He is in charge), and we confess and repent (turn away from) our sins. When we do these things, we are accepting a gift from God; it is never something that we can earn.
Here at Impact we believe that Jesus Christ is exactly who He claimed to be. We have a passionate desire to help lead people to know the love of God so that they may experience His saving grace and begin growing in a deep and personal relationship with Him for eternity.
How about you? Can you honestly say that you know the love of God?