THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
When you experience something, it usually sticks with you!
Our son was about 2 years old when he found a paper clip.
He was trying to put it in the wall plug!
We saw, and took the paper clip, saying, “HOT! BURN! BITE!”
About five minutes later, he had gone in my office and found another paper clip.
We heard him in his room.
We never had to tell him again!
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding,
that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God, and eternal life.
Salvation is experiencing Jesus.
It is to “know Him that is true.”
When a person genuinely experiences Jesus, three things happen.
First, there is recognition.
It is realizing that Jesus is the eternal Judge of all mankind.
It is recognizing He is HOLY, and we are UNholy.
It is understanding that OUR sin caused Him, in mercy, to suffer the cross.
“Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made
that same Jesus, whom YE crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
Second, there is repentance.
Upon realizing WHOM we face, genuine sorrow fills our heart.
We recognize we genuinely NEED a Savior!
Then we turn away from ruling our own lives, and give Jesus the authority over who we become.
Repentance causes us to confess sin to God, and beg His forgiveness.
As did the Psalmist, we beg for Christ to cleanse us.
“...Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” (Ps 51:1-3)
Third, there is regeneration.
God has a plan for the repentant sinners life.
His plan is to take you from where you are, to being His instrument in the world.
When we surrender to Jesus, and God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence in our heart,
we experience CHANGE!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor 5:17)
This change leads to growth IN Christ and FOR Christ.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Have you experienced Jesus?
Are you experiencing Him?