Are You Ready to Meet Your Creator?
Who is the Creator?
Scientific evidence clearly affirms a divine Creator, and the Bible claims that this Creator is Jesus Christ.
“[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth….All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:15-16).
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished” (Genesis 1:31-2:1).
If Jesus created everything good, why is His creation now so broken?
God created Adam and Eve and gave them authority to rule over His creation. God placed only one restriction on their freedom. But when Adam and Eve disobeyed the Creator, their sin tainted His perfect creation and brought God’s punishment of death.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’” (Genesis 2:16-17).
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Every person disobeys the laws of the Creator. This disobedience is called sin—and its penalty is physical and spiritual death.
We sin anytime we disobey God. Sin includes even the seemingly small acts of selfishness we try to justify or ignore. The curse of sin is why we physically die, and it’s also why our spirit is “dead” to the truths of God—we don’t naturally want to follow Him.
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).
“There is no one who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46).
“For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23).
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Our Creator Jesus Christ is just and holy— He cannot overlook our sin.
Every person is guilty of sin and condemned to be separated from God forever. The only possible rescue is for a sinless person to sacrificially assume the punishment we deserve. That’s why God became a human. As the only sinless Man, Jesus Christ was the legal substitute to pay the penalty for sin. As Creator, He was able to satisfy the payment for all humanity—past, present, and future.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made….And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-3, 14).
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Only the gift of the Creator provides salvation. Good works will never be enough.
The Bible clearly tells us that we cannot repay our sin debt with good works. Salvation is only possible by God’s grace through belief that Christ died for our sins on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead three days later proved the penalty had been paid. This gospel—“The Good News”—must be accepted by faith as God’s free gift to us.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
“I declare to you the gospel…by which also you are saved…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
How do I believe and have faith? What must I do to be saved? What happens when God saves me?
First, admit that you have sinned against God and repent (change your mind about God). Then, believe that Jesus Christ can save you from your sins and that He really did rise alive from the grave. Finally, tell God that you believe Him and ask Him to forgive you and save you. When you do these simple things, God promises to create a new spirit within you and make you His child.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I have asked Jesus to forgive me and told Him that I believe what He has done for me. What do I do now?
Salvation from sin begins your new life with Christ. Now, grow your relationship by following Him day by day. Start with five commitments:
Tell someone you know that you have become a Christian (Matthew 10:32-33).
Be baptized as soon as you can (Matthew 28:19-20).
Become a faithful member of a Bible-believing and teaching church (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Read the Bible regularly and ask others to help you learn (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Start with the book of John.
Talk to God every day in prayer (Philippians 4:6).
The Creator will return to Earth someday to establish His eternal reign.
Jesus left Earth after His resurrection to reign from heaven, preparing a place for us and moving toward the total conquest of His enemies. The Creator will return to Earth again as the ruling “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16) to execute justice and gather His people. We who are the children of God will be instantly transformed at His coming to serve Him throughout eternity.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
“[The angels] said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:11).
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9-11).
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Are You Ready?