Freedom To Intimacy
John 14:6 (NLT)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
The Father of Love dreamed about you and I long before He dreamed about having stars in the sky, the sun and moon to separate the day from night and a planet called Earth to put us on. But while He was dreaming, He realized that the ruler of the Kingdom of Darkness would do all he could to keep the Father of Love from having the family He so longed for.
So to insure that in the fullness of time, when the Son of the Father’s Love – Jesus the Christ – would come to redeem His children back from the ruler of Darkness (who the Father already knew would persuade His first children to disobey and cause all the other children who came after them to genetically inherit the price of disobedience [the curse of sin is death] and be driven out their home and into the Kingdom of Darkness) the Father made an unbreakable plan called salvation. And to ensure that every person could qualify for this salvation, the Father of Love made it completely free – absolutely no charge.
He first took care of the debt of disobedience by sending the Son of His Love, Jesus to paid the price by dying on a cross (all who die on a cross are called cursed). Then when every sin that was ever sinned (past, present and future) was paid in full, the Father raised Jesus from the dead, mading all who would receive this free gift of salvation as righteous as He is Himself. Then He gave them a new name, a new heart and an obedient spirit.
Wham! That was it. The children’s sins were forgiven, the Father got His family back and the Kingdom of Darkness got emptied out – almost. There was just one catch….
To return to the Kingdom of the Father’s Love, the children still have to believe that Jesus is the Lamb of God and died for their sins (Father thank you for sending Your Son Jesus as the sacrifice for sin…..), receive forgiveness for their sins (Father, I receive your free gift of forgiveness for my sins….) and the free gift of righteousness (Father, thank you that Your Son Jesus has now become for me the very righteousness of God….)
John 14:6: Jesus said there was only way to the Father of Love and that was through the Son.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Romans 3:9-20: The apostle Paul reminds us that all (both Jew and Gentile [world]) have sinned and fall short of the Father of Love’s measure of glory (His righteousness, holiness and goodness):
9-20So where does that put us? Do we Jews get a better break than the others? Not really. Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it:
There’s nobody living right, not even one,
nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God.
They’ve all taken the wrong turn;
they’ve all wandered down blind alleys.
No one’s living right;
I can’t find a single one.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Every word they speak is tinged with poison.
They open their mouths and pollute the air.
They race for the honor of sinner-of-the-year,
litter the land with heartbreak and ruin,
Don’t know the first thing about living with others.
They never give God the time of day.
This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Our involvement with God’s revelation doesn’t put us right with God. What it does is force us to face our complicity in everyone else’s sin.
According to John 1:12-13:those that believe on Jesus, He give power to become the children of God.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
In Acts we’re told how to receive this free gift:
Acts 4:12 says that it is in the name of Jesus, the Son of the Father’s love that we receive the free gift of salvation through:
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”