Learning to know Jesus

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Does Jesus know you? You might ask why I would ask a question like that. I do because it may be the most important question you could ask regarding where you will spend eternity.

Jesus says in Mathew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” 22: “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” 23: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

When Jesus said. “I never knew you,” he could have said. “I never had an acquaintance or relationship with you.”

Do you have a relationship with Jesus? What is the will of the Father that we must do that would allow us to have a relationship with Jesus that would save us? 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. How do we repent?” Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” 2: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

The law of the Spirit is, “we must be born again.” John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”

How do we become “born again?”John 1:12: “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.” Many are trying to become approved by God by their own good works. Unless we can become perfect, we will fail to make it. Matthew 5:48: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

The only way we can become perfect is by receiving Jesus and His righteousness. Romans 3:25: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Good works (those done for Jesus) will always follow a genuine conversion. James 2:17: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” 18” “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”

Invite Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior, agree with God you are a sinner and trust in Jesus to help you repent and you will hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”