How can Jesus Help?

​The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “The wages (payment) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus Christ gives eternal life to everyone who believes in Him through regeneration or re-birth (John 3:16). The Bible clearly teaches that regeneration is necessity if we are to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). All human beings are born from the flesh. To become a part of God’s spiritual kingdom, one must experience a spiritual birth.

What is not Regeneration or Rebirth?

  • Re-birth is not possible by man’s own effort (John 1:13).
  • Re-birth is not possible by any other human efforts.
  • Re-birth cannot be comprehended by human wisdom.
  • Re-birth is not just an outward change.
  • It is an inward change (John 3:4,6).
  • Re-birth is not a geographical or a social change.
  • Re-birth is not a gradual process. Re-birth is not our faith in religious things.

    What is regeneration?
    Regeneration is a spiritual change. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which those who are dead in sins are made spiritually alive. By nature, we are dead in our sins and our life is governed by our sinful nature and desires. We can be very religious but remain unsaved (John 3:1-21). Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven (John 3:6). Regeneration deals with our sinful condition, and we are made spiritually alive by the Holy Spirit.

    Is there a need of Regeneration?
    Human nature is sinful, and we are dead in our sins. Man was created in the image of God but because of sin we became spiritually dead.  Spiritual death shows the separation of man from God. Adam was the first man to disobey God and through him sin entered the human race (Romans 5:12). Human race is desperately in need of new birth.  The hearing of the Word of God enables us to believe in Christ.  Those who receive Christ are born again people.  They are empowered to live morally transformed life. The new birth is beyond our human understanding because it is supernatural in character. Mystery cannot be understood apart from divine revelation.  The supernatural things are understood by supernatural insight that comes from God.

    How can we be born again?
    Regeneration is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 1:15, 16). To become part of God’s spiritual kingdom, one must experience a spiritual birth.  it cannot be seen or explained.  It is the sovereign and mysterious work of God as that of the wind (John 3:8).  The wind can only be heard or observed in relation to its effect. It is likened to new birth (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus told Nicodemus “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Through physical birth we enter this world and through spiritual birth we enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:3-7).

    What Means the Holy Spirit uses to bring about Regeneration?
    The Holy spirit uses mainly the preaching of the Gospel to lead people to regeneration (James 1:18). The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes in Christ (Romans 1:16). As many as received Jesus Christ to them God gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12, 13). The most important blessing of new birth is that we have a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit within us (Romans 8:9).  The implanted Word is able to save our souls.  We are no longer slaves to sin but rather start hating sin.  The transformation occurs because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us.  God is the one who initiates and enables us to respond to the gospel. Those who believe that Jesus is the Christ they have eternal life (John 3:16; 5:24).  Christian life is created and sustained by the grace of God.  Have you been responded to the gospel and become a child of God? If not, now is the time for you to trust in Christ and accept Him as your personal Savior.

    Who is Jesus?

    Christ is the central theme of the Bible. Jesus is a historical person. History is His story.  Someone has said history is incomprehensible without Christ. It is sad that secular historians paid little attention to Jesus. He is a mystery to fallen world and He cannot be understood apart from divine revelations. The Bible is the book about Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament Jesus is predicted, in the Gospels He is revealed, in Acts, Christ is preached, in the Epistles He is explained and in Revelation Christ is anticipated. He is more than a good man, a humanitarian, a prophet, a miracle worker, and a political leader. In the Gospel we see the eyewitness account of His life and the personal testimony of His disciples. To Matthew, Jesus is the promised Messiah and the Savior (Matthew 1:21). To Mark, He is the servant of God (Mark 10:45). To Luke, Jesus is the seeking Savior of the world (Luke 10:10). To John, Christ is the Son of God who gives eternal life to all those who believe in Him (John 20:31).

    The Deity of Christ:
    How do we know that Christ is God? The uniqueness of the personality of Christ is based on His divine nature. His deity is confirmed by His perfect life, unique ministry, His resurrection from the dead and the testimony of the Bible (Romans 1:4). He claimed that He is the Messiah (John 4:25,26).  Jesus said that He is one with the Father (John 10:30). He accepted the worship of Mary and confession of Thomas “My Lord and my God” (John 12;7; 20:28,29) His conception was supernatural, and He was sinless (Matthew 1:23; 1 Peter 2:22). His miracles were signs of His deity (John 20:30,31). There is strong evidence of Christ resurrection (Luke 24:25-34). The apostolic preaching was about His resurrection (Acts 2:32). The Church is built upon the truth of Christ’s deity, and He is the object of our faith (Matthew 16:31; Acts 16:31). 

    Christ and His Divine Attributes:

    Christ is eternal: He has no beginning or ending (John 17:5).

    Christ is the Alpha and Omega (Colossians 1:17). 

    Christ is self-existing: He has life in Himself (John 1:5; John 5:26).

    Christ is omnipotent: He can do everything (Revelation 1:18; John 1:3).

    Christ is omnipresent: He can be anywhere at any time (Matthew 18:20; 28:20).

    Christ is omniscient: He knows everything (John 21:17). He knew the way of a fish (John 21:6).

    Christ is immutable: He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

    Christ is holy: He was holy all through His life (Luke 1:35; Mark 1:24; 15:39).

    Christ is merciful: He had compassion when He saw the people helpless (Matthew 9:36).

    Christ did the works that only God can do: He is the creator (John 1:3), Everything came into existence through Him (Colossians 1:16, 17), He rose again from the dead (John 2:19, 2; Mark 16:6), He demonstrated God’s love (Romans 5:8), Christ received the worship (John 9:38; 12:7), Even the demons knew that Christ is God (Mark 1:24), Christ Himself claimed that He is God (John 10:30).

    The Incarnation of Christ:
    How do we know that Christ is both God and man? Both the Divinity and the Humanity of Christ are very important. It was only by Christ being both God and man that salvation could be obtained for sinful human race. The Description of Incarnation: 

    The Description of Incarnation:
    The human and divine nature of Christ is portrayed in the Old Testament (Isaiah9:6,7); Micah 5:2). He was 100% divine and 100% human. The New Testament also describes of Christ as both God and man (John 1:14; Colossians 2:9). The virgin conception of Jesus points to His perfect deity and humanity (Luke 2:6,7). It was promised by God through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). Christ became human to make atonement for our sins and thus reconciled us to holy God (Hebrews 9:26). By his death Christ destroyed Devil who had the power over death and set us free from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14, 15). The incarnation is a mystery and beyond the understanding of the human mind. But any denial of Christ’s perfect deity and humanity is heresy (1 John 4:2,3). Christ’s perfect deity and humanity are fundamental to the Christian faith. He took humanity to become like us in all things except sin. He had a normal body. He experienced temptations yet He did not sin. He is truly God and perfect man. 

    The Work of Redemption:
    To redeem means to purchase and set free by paying a ransom or price. We have all sinned against God and separated from Him. We were under the bondage of Satan. The blood of Christ was the ransom price for our redemption (1 Peter 1:18,19). Forgiveness of sin is the result of redemption (Ephesians 1:7). The death of Christ was not an accident (Hebrews 10:17). The Old Testament sacrifices were looking forward to the coming of Christ and His death (John 1:29). It was initiated by God (John3:16; Isaiah 53:5,6). Christ willing died for our sins on the cross (John 10:11,18). He bore our sin in His body on the cross and reconciled us to God. He took upon himself the wrath of God (1 Peter 2:24). Christ’s sacrifice was once and for all. The price of our redemption has been paid in full. Only by Christ death we are reconciled. 

    The Resurrection of Christ:
    The resurrection of Christ is the pillar of Christian faith. The fact of Christ’s resurrection is at the core of the gospel message apostles preached (Act 4:33).  it was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Psalms 16:10).  Christ spoke about his resurrection to his disciples (Mark 14:28). The resurrection proves that the claims of Jesus are true. If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is in vain (I Corinthians 15:14-16).  Christ was delivered up because of our offenses and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). Resurrection gives hope and assurance (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23) Jesus rose from the dead in His gloried body (John 20:27). In His resurrected body Christ appeared to his disciples more than ten times. More than five hundred people have seen the risen Christ (I Corinthians 15:6). He is our living Savior (Romans 8:34).

    The Evidence of Resurrection: The disciples saw the risen Lord (I Corinthians 15:5-8), They proclaimed the risen savior and became martyrs for the same (Acts 2:36), The empty tomb of Christ (John 20:7), The testimony of angels. “Why do you seek the living among the dead” (Luke 24:4-6), The growth of Christian church.

    The Effect of Resurrection: It gives the proof of Christ’s deity (Romans 1:4), It proves the powerful existence of God (Acts 2:32), It guarantees our resurrection (John 5:28), It gives assurance of the second coming of Christ, It gives believers the power to live for Christ (Philippians 3:10), It proves that God is satisfied with the atoning death of Christ (Romans 1:4).

    The ascension of Christ: At the ascension, Christ returned to the Father in his glorified body. It is the final proof of Christ’s completed atoning sacrifice to God (Hebrews 1:3). The ascended Christ is seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:19-22). It was the fulfillment of prophecy in the Old Testament (Psalms 110:1). He is our great High Priest representing us before the Father (Hebrews 9:24). By ascension Christ is seated as the right hand of God as our Lord and King (Acts 2:36). Christ ascended to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). By His ascension believers are seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Colossians 3:1, 2).

    What is Sin?

    Introduction: Sin is our greatest problem It is the root cause of wickedness, sorrow, sufferings, war, hatred, and all immoral perversions. People have different ideas about sin. For some there is no such things like sin, and it is relative. Others think doing harms to someone may be sin. Many people consider bad habits and evil thinking are sinful. Many people do not take sin seriously because they do not want to be accountable to God. But the Bible says that sin is a reality. Sin is essentially rebellion against God. It is transgression, lawlessness and falling short of the glory of God (Psalms 32:1, 2; Romans 3:23).

    The definition of sin:  Sin is rebellion and hostility toward God (Roman 8:7). Sin ignores God’s authority and casts doubts upon God’s character (Genesis 3:4). Sin is turning to our own way from God (Isaiah 53:6). Knowing to do good and not doing is sin (James 4:17). Sin is acting wickedly and doing evil in God’s sight. Not believing in Jesus is the unpardonable sin (Matthew 12:31). Whatever does not proceed from faith in Christ is sin (Romans 14:23).

    The nature of Sin: Bible has divided sin into two categories: the inherited sin and the imputed sin. By Adam, sin entered the world and through sin, death reigned over every man. Man commits sin in thoughts, in words and in deeds. Sin begins in our hearts (Matthew 5:28). Human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).  Sin separates us from God and makes fellowship with God impossible (Isaiah 59:1, 2). Sin brings God’s wrath upon us and leads us to destruction (John 3:36; Matthew 7:13).

    The origin of sin: Bible talks about the origin of sin in Isaiah 14:12-14.  Lucifer was an angel perfect in knowledge and beauty and was with God in heaven. His sin was pride. He wanted to be equal to God. For this sin, Lucifer was cast out of heaven, and he became the Devil. He tempted the first human family and thus sin entered this world (Genesis:3). They immediately experienced spiritual death and realized that they are naked. The wage of sin is death which includes physical, spiritual and second death (Romans 6:23; Revelations 20:12).

    The consequences of sin: Because of Adam’s willful disobedience, sin entered the world and resulted in condemnation and death. Sin separates us from God. The difference between obedience and disobedience is life and death. The soul who sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4). Sin brought God’s wrath upon us. Sin leads to spiritual blindness. Satan has blinded the minds of those who do not believe Christ, so they are unable to see the glory of the gospel of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4). Sin affects our conscience and deceives us (1 Timothy 4:2). Sin is like yeast; it spreads so fast and corrupts us. The sin of Adam brought curse upon all creation. Pain, sorrow, trouble, violence, war, and death are the result of sin.

    The punishment of sin: God punishes sin because He is righteous and holy (Romans 6:23). God hates sin but loves sinners. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord”. Sin causes Adam to lose his significance and made him guilty (Genesis 3:8). Sin separates us from God. Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil (John 3:19, 20). One violation of the law of God can make us sinners (James 2:10). Adam lost his dignity and significance due to sin (Romans 3:23). Instead of being glad he became fearful (Genesis 3:10). Death means separation. Physical death is the separation of spirit from the body and spiritual death is separation from God. Eternal death is the separation of souls from God. When sinners are cast into hell fire, they will be eternally separated from God.

    The remedy of sin: Sin is the biggest problem that man has ever faced. But God who is rich in mercy became the source of our salvation (Ephesians 2:4). Because of mercy we don’t receive what we deserve. God who is rich in mercy, found solution for our sin. He sent His only Son to die for us. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. He said “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). He came in the form of a man. He was born to virgin Mary who was a descendant of David. The sinful nature of Adam was not there in Jesus because He was not born of man. He was born in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin (Romans 8:3).  He took on Himself the sin of the whole world and died on our behalf (John 1:29). Three days later He rose from the dead in His glorified body. He is alive today to save all those who believe in Him (Hebrews 7:25). The penalty of sin is dreadful. Blessed is the person whose sin is forgiven! Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28,29).  Do you believe in Christ?

    Who is Man?

    Introduction: Man has a natural quest to know about his origin and the purpose of life. These are fundamental questions and the answers to these questions will profoundly affect our outlook and the way we live. Though modern man is on the path of many great discoveries, he fails to understand the significance of his life on earth. We are here because God created the earth and created people to live on it (Isaiah 45:12).

    The origin of man: Philosophers through the years have reached to different conclusions about the origin of man. The ancient Egyptians believed that the origin of man was from a kind of worm that lived in the clay on the bank of river Nile. Some scientists believe that men evolved from apes. Some suggest that man came to existent by accident. Others say that life always existed in some form and endlessly evolving. But none of these theories can stand the test of science and logic. Man did not evolve out of some unknown place on his own. To speculate that man is a chance product of some unplanned process and life began spontaneously, one must have more faith to believe it than to believe the Bible account on creation. The Bible says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Man was made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).

    The nature of man:  Unlike animal man is a triune being. He has a soul and a spirit and a body (I Thessalonians 5:23). When men suggest that man is simply a body, he responds to this theory by living mere on animal instinct, finding gratification for his natural desires. Body gives sensation to surroundings and is the seat of world consciousness. Soul is the center of emotion, reason, and decision. It gives self-consciousness (Psalms 42:5). The spirit is everlasting part of man that gives God consciousness (Romans 8:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Soul and spirit are the immaterial parts of man. Man is distinct from animal. Animals have body and soul, but they do not have spirit. This makes man unique from animals. Man is the capstone of God’s creation because he is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). Since our conscience can be defiled by sin, it should be kept without offense before God (Titus 1:15; Acts 24:16).

    The image of God in man: Man was created in the likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:26).  God does not have a human form. Being in Gods image means man shares God’s moral attributes. They are life, personality, and morality.  So, man has the capacity to have fellowship with God. God is in essence one, yet He is three in person. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. This image of God is seen in man’s personality. Man is a self-conscious being. Man lost his moral likeness of sinlessness with God when he sinned against God. But man, still retains his natural likeness of personality such as intellect, emotion and will (Genesis 9:6; James 3:9). Every man is conscious of a divine power to certain extent. This image of God in man also contains the God-given power to rule and reign over the creation.  Man was created with the ability to exercise his will.  He has the freedom to love or reject God.  God takes delight when a person loves and serves Him willingly than by force. 

    The purpose of the creation of man: Man was created to possess the earth and reign over it (Genesis 1:28). However, man lost his right to reign due to sin.  Christ will restore that at His second coming (Hebrews 2:5-8). Adam was created to know God and fellowship with Him (Genesis 3:9, 10). He was created to obey God (Genesis 2:16,17). Adam was created with a capacity to enjoy God forever (Mark 8:36).  We are created in God’s image so that we can fellowship with God.   We are created to glorify God and to enjoy Him.

    Sin and fall of man: When man sinned against God, he lost his blessings and failed to understand the purpose of his existence. Now we are ignorantly, helplessly, and willfully lost in our own sin (Isaiah 53;6). Instead of worshiping God, we worship ourselves.  This is what we call, humanism. Though there remains in us a desire to know God, we are unable to find Him (Job 11:7). We are at enmity with God and our greatest need is to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). God has created man with free will and he is responsible for his actions. When Satan tempted man, he failed. Even though God gave man all the necessary instructions to keep him away from sin, he misused his freewill and disobeyed God (Gen 3). Thus, Adamic race became sinners (Romans 5:19).

    The future of man: Jesus Christ came to redeem us from the curse of the law and penalty of sin. He died on the cross on our behalf to reconcile us to God (Galatians 3:13).  This is the gospel message “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). God wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:4).  It is a dreadful thing to reject the gospel of grace. How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? (Hebrews 2:3).  Christ is coming to reign, and we will reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12).