How Can We Know a Holy God?

 

Each person has been created with an inborn God-consciousness…an understanding that there is an unapproachable, powerful Presence living throughout the whole universe. Rudolf Otto argued that “the numinous” was part of every human mind, referring to the God-consciousness of man. The holiness of God is difficult for mortal man to understand. And, when man is confronted with the Presence of God, he is overwhelmed and brought to his knees. Why is this?

 

How can we know a holy, unapproachable God?

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The Truth About God’s Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not something that we as humans naturally do. We would rather hold a grudge or try to get even. We are slow to forgive and even slower to forget. But, when we lift our eyes to the cross of Christ, we begin to see the truth about forgiveness. You see, forgiveness did not start with man. It started with God.

Here are 3 life-changing truths about God’s forgiveness. 

1) God’s forgiveness was bought at a tremendous cost.

God didn’t just go down to the bank, withdraw a cool million or so, and go shopping for an earth-sized box of Forgiveness. It wasn’t that simple. Instead, He sent a personal Representative to the Jewish people. But it wasn’t just any representative. It was His only Son. 

His Son called the people to repent and believe on Him, but they refused. Instead, they sent Him to die an embarrassing, painful death on a cross. Why would God allow this to happen? The truth is that He had planned it…so you and I could be forgiven.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)  

God sent His Son to take the punishment you and I deserve for our sin. He paid a tremendous cost so we could be forgiven. 

 

2) God’s forgiveness is everlasting.

 

If God forgives us today, He doesn’t turn around tomorrow and say, “I was thinking about what you did, and it’s so bad that I don’t think I can forgive you after all.” He doesn’t drag up sins from our past and old skeletons from our closet. 

The Bible says, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19) 

When God forgives your sin, He also forgets it. As far as He’s concerned, it’s gone for good. At our church in Sydney Mines, we are so thankful that God’s forgiveness is everlasting. 

 

3) God’s forgiveness requires a response from us.

Knowing the facts about God’s forgiveness and Jesus’ death doesn’t mean that you and I are automatically forgiven. We need to personally respond to God. How can we be forgiven?

 
A) “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
Choose to trust in Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for your sins—instead of trusting in good works, church attendance, or anything you can do.
B) “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19)

Repent means to turn away from your sins, ask God to forgive them, and choose to follow Him instead of going your own way. 

 

If you will believe on Christ and repent of (turn away from) your sins, you can experience the wonderful forgiveness of God. He will forgive your sins completely and take away your guilt. You will enter a relationship with God now and live with Him in heaven someday. Will you accept God’s forgiveness today? Join us at our church in Sydney Mines to learn more. 
 
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Have you experienced God’s forgiveness for yourself? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com

 



Why You Need The Oil of Joy- Part One

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Why did Jesus come to earth? In Isaiah 61, the prophet reveals Christ’s glorious mission to us. He came to bind up the brokenhearted, set the captives free, to comfort the mourners, and proclaim the day of the Lord. He came not only to redeem His people from the curse of sin but also to do much more.

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)

Christ came to offer salvation, but He did not merely offer forgiveness. He offered beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of heaviness. If you accept His free gift of salvation, these gifts are given to you! Contact us at northside1178@gmail.com to learn more.

Today, let’s focus our attention on a key phrase in this verse—“the oil of joy.” Why does God compare joy to oil? What can we learn about joy from this phrase? Let’s discover four key reasons why we need the oil of joy.