Is God Stalking You?
Is God Stalking You
In Genesis God asks a question:
(NIV)Genesis 3:9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Ever since Genesis God has been seeking man. It isn’t that he does not know where we are it is that ever since Genesis 3 man and God have needed reconciling. Jesus Christ reconciled man to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:a The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sinb for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Now the question becomes how are we to acess that reconciliation. There are many that say you have to confess your sins but what if you miss one? What does tha word say in reference to being saved?
Romans10:9 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
In the book of Ephesians in chater two there is even more information it says;
Ephesains 2: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Some may say that those who are called are the ones to be saved based on:
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
The thing is all verses about salvation have to fit and Romans 10 doesn’t. Let’s look at a verse that explains a bit more.
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
So as it said in 2 Corinthians Jesus died for all men and God would have all men saved if he had his way but if you look back at Romans 10 we have to believe God raised Jesus from the dead then we believe unto salvation.
Salvation its self is a gift their is nothing you can do to earn it as said in Ephesians it is a gift. If words have meanings then a gift is something given to you. Once given it is yours to do with as you please. If someone gave you a pen and you used it as a garden hoe it would not be being used properly. Can the person who gave you the gift then take it back? No it was a gift.
something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to showfavor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture ofassistance; present.
the act of giving.
something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without its being earned:
Those extra points he got in the game were a total gift.
a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent:
the gift of saying the right thing at the right time.
verb (used with object)
to present with as a gift; bestow gifts upon; endow with.
to present (someone) with a gift:
just the thing to gift the newlyweds.
Salvation as gift cannot be taken away. There must be a reason God wants us to have this gift. God simply wanted a family. So he made us his children by seed.
(American King James Version) 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and stays for ever.
Now this grace we have is a lingering thing. It is always there so I thought I’d look at a bit of what grace is all about.
Okay we have salvation and we go along and read in the word and we do something that is contray to what the word of God says we should do wo now what should we do we know that that salvation is ours so we can’t loose it because it was a gift so God won’t take it back. What does the word say to do?
Let’s look at 1 John:
(NIV) 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
You must remember that this was written by one of the 12 a man who lived with Jesus Christ for a time. He walked with Jesus he was at the Garden when Christ was arrested. In 3b John encourages us to have fellowship with the father and each other. Now the word for fellowship is the Greek word koinōnia. It means to share fully. God wants us sharing our lives with him as well as our brothers and sisters. In other parts it talks about how we should be thankful for what we have recieved as it says in Colossians 3:15.
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for Goda is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
12 I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
14 I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
On Not Loving the World
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Fatherd is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Warnings Against Denying the Son
18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.e 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
God’s Children and Sin
28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.