GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION FOR THE GOD-SEEKERS
The Creator of the Universe has made His plan of salvation available to all who seek it. He has made it very simple, yet we humans have turned it into something it is not. We have made it complicated. One commonly held belief is God’s favor can be earned by trying to be good person. I will call it the “Do Plan.” If I do enough good stuff God will accept me in the end. This is not even remotely inferred in the Scriptures.
THE GOOD NEWS
There is “good news” for those God-Seekers. We don’t have to try to get God’s attention with doing good things. The Prophet Jeremiah says, “If you look for Me (God) wholeheartedly, you will find Me.” (Jeremiah 29:13).
GOD IS LOVE, LIGHT, AND TRUTH
In the Scriptures God says He is love. The second most dominate characteristic of God outside of His holiness is love. We are created in the image of God and He loves us so much that He doesn’t want any to perish. In Genesis 49:18 the Bible says, “I trust in You for salvation, O Lord!”
GOD IS HOLY
The Bible tells us that God is holy (sinless) and that we are unholy or sinful. Being unholy separates us from a holy God. It is like oil and water. They do not mix no matter how hard you try to mix them. There is a great chasm between God and us. The barrier is impossible for us to cross or negotiate on our own.
God’s standard to have an intimate relationship with Him and to know Him as “Father” is perfection. Jesus said, “Be perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect.” I do not know about you, but I am far from being perfect. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “Everyone has sinned and we fall short of God’s standard.” Romans 6:23 further states, “For the wages of sin is death.” The payment for our imperfections and disobedience to God is both physical death and eternal death.
GOD WANTS NO ONE TO PERISH
God’s love for us is so great that He wants none to perish. After being holy, love is the second primary characteristic of God. Because of His love for us He has made a way for us to have a relationship with Him and to be in His presence forever. The Bible tells us in Matthew 22:14, “God has called many, but few are chosen.” That means many are called into a relationship with Him, but few choose to accept His offer. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 6:23, “God is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed.”