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Understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Introduction to Bible Study

My calling to teach God's Word to youth began about 4 years ago, but my call to teach others began over twenty years ago.

Disclaimer:

Although this study is biblically based, I draw my inspiration from multiple translations of the Holy Scriptures and ask you please read from your preferred translation. To help you to understand the material, I will include paraphrased verses. However, I will never omit what God has inspired into the Holy Scriptures, nor will I add to the scriptures any of my ideas and conjectures. You may share your answers in the comment section below.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - John 1:1

Introduction

Welcome to this bible study. I hope that it helps at least one Christian grow their relationship with God and one lost sinner to come into a saving relationship and find their way into the Kingdom of God.

Questions

What is the importance of our relationship with God, to us and to Him?

When did God end His relationship with humankind?

The answer is never.

God created everything, including humankind, out of love. Genesis 1:26-27 states He said, ‘…let us create (humankind) male and female in Our image…’. He established the relationship between us at the very beginning of creation. There was even a time when He walked in the Garden with us and spoke with us. When we disobeyed Him and committed the first sin, we stepped away from God. He has never walked away from us.

That is our legacy as humans. We are weak, even when we profess to be strong and independent. There are those of us who pride ourselves upon the ability to sustain that independence under our own volition. That is a lie that we are telling ourselves, especially if we rely upon our own means and remain blind to the true source of our strength. God is the one who gives us our strength and helps us deal with the problems that catch up with all of us.

That is the purpose of this bible study; to help us understand the reason we need to establish a faith in Christ. Jesus came to earth over two thousand years ago as told us through the four Gospels and the testimony of the apostles. However, Jesus existed before then, manifested as the Word described by the Apostle John in John 1:1-5, echoing Genesis 1:1-5. John told us that Jesus, as the Word, was there with God in the very beginning. That means God cared about humanity in the very beginning before He even brought us into existence.

John’s description helps us to better clarify the relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The beginning of everything starts with the Word existing with God, stating the Word is God, and that nothing exists without the Word. We cannot have a relationship with God without experiencing and living through His Word, which must include belief and faith in His Son; the light in the darkness to draw the repentant believer into a saving relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Introducing Jesus Christ to the World Through the Messianic Prophecies of the Old Testament

The Invitation to the Lord’s Salvation - (Isaiah 55:1-3; 6-7)

(1) Are you thirsty? If so, come to the waters and get a drink; even if you are poor and have no money, come, buy, and eat! Whether you choose wine or milk, please come, and buy. It is all free! (2) Why spend your money on food? Why work for something that does not strengthen nor satisfy you? Listen diligently, eat what is proper, and you will find delight in food that is abundant for the soul! (3) Come to Me with your ears wide open, ready to listen. Take heed, that you may live; for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the mercy and unfailing love I promised to David.

(6) Seek the LORD while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near. (7) Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds, the thought of wrongdoing! Let them turn back to God so that He may have mercy on them. Yes, turn back to our God, because He will abundantly pardon.

Questions

3. What was Isaiah talking about in this passage; what thirst is he referring to?

Isaiah was speaking spiritually.

We need a deep, meaningful relationship with God; spiritual and physical. Just as we need a daily replenishing of food and water to maintain our physical bodies, so we also need daily spiritual nourishment to maintain our relationship with God.

With all the evil that is in the world today, the Christian is under a constant barrage from Satan to interrupt their daily walk with God. He schemes constantly to interfere with our prayers, devotional times, and personal Bible study to prevent us from getting our spiritual nourishment. Therefore, every Christian should make it tantamount to include prayer, Bible study, and devotional time to sustain our spiritual relationship with God with much the same determination as that morning cup of coffee and plate of breakfast.

Question

4. Does God disregard the non-believer's need for this same nourishment from Him?

Certainly not!

We are all born with an innate desire to connect with God, but as we grow and learn, these initial desires change with the spiritual food, good or bad, that we take in. God wants to connect with all His children, but there are those who reject Him and seek out the temporary pleasures residing in spiritual darkness. Satan knows how to keep them in spiritual darkness and away from God, though he is powerless to stop God from rescuing a repentant believer.

Would you believe me if I told you that food and water cost money? Yet these necessities are required for physical life to continue exist. For those unfortunate victims of Satan's schemes, there is a costly price one must pay to maintain the pleasures of spiritual darkness.

The cost for spiritual nourishment from God does not require anything from us other than belief in His Son and a desire to connect with Him. It does not cost money. God provides it to whoever wants it free of charge. There is an effort required, and we must desire to have that relationship, because He does not force it upon us.

God wants all people to connect with Him. Some have been called to come to Him. He is ready to receive all who desire to call Him LORD. It is by choice that we should seek Him with an eager heart, desperate to satiate our spiritual hunger with His Living Word and quench our thirst with His Holy Spirit, personal Bible study and constant prayer. However, our hearts must belong to Him first.

There is some specific wording in verse 1 that says, “…even if you have no money, come, buy and eat.” One may be inclined to think that this is a contradiction in the Bible. That may be why some newer translations omit “buy” from the passage. Salvation has been offered to us as a gift, free of charge, from a loving God who wants to redeem us into His Kingdom. There is a price, though. It is called redemption. Take heed, for the life of your soul is at stake!

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Comments

Eddie Dollgener (author) from Texas on January 08, 2021:

If you are interested, I have published the next part of the study. Here is the link: http://hub.me/ao5GY

Eddie Dollgener (author) from Texas on January 04, 2021:

Thank you. I hope to be publishing the following segment soon.

Eddie Dollgener (author) from Texas on December 27, 2020:

Thank you. Please look for the follow-up sessions to come every day or two. My goal is to complete the series by the time we celebrate Easter this year.

KC McGee from Where I belong on December 27, 2020:

I like to follow Bible topics. Yours was the first one I seen today, glad I took the time to read it. Nice article

Blessings.

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