If God's Word is believed and obeyed God's will can be fully accomplished in one's life.
INTRODUCTION:   Sadly many reject eternal life which is the gift of God. (Matthew 7:13-14; John 1:9-12,3:1621; Romans 6:23). That means they refuse His presence in their lives and thereby in reality do not have true life as God intended them to have. These who decline God's grace are physically alive, but spiritually dead.
They live their lives apart from God's plan for them and come to the end of their lives never knowing the wonderful salvation that Jesus Christ as provided. Yet, God has provided in His clear written Word how we might be saved and receive eternal life which begin with our belief and salvation. Many come close. having known the truth, some even professing salvation, but live defeated lives not being willing to fully trust the Lord and obey Him. God's plan for each of us is simple and easy to understand, if we will submit ourselves to Him. He is our God and Creator...certainly we should believe and put our trust in His plan for our lives. No man, no matter how much of the world he tries to enjoy he will ultimately find that it is all in vain, and temporal. It can never can bring satisfaction, salvation or true peace a part from being submitted to God's desire for his life. God created us to be spiritual beings, not just physical ones.
This study is designed to help us know God's plan as stated in His word. It will be our responsibility to believe it and allow God to fully work in our lives. We must understand that He will not force Himself on us or violate our wills. If we receive God's blessing and provision for our lives it will be because we in faith, desired and accepted His will for us.
B. Spiritually dead in his sins (Romans 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1,5; Colossians 2:13)
C. Hostile to God (Romans 5:l0a, 8:7; Colossians 1:21)
D. Blinded by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) and held captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2:24-26, esp. verse 26)
E. Powerless to overcome sin's hold on his life (Ecclesiastes 7:20; John 8:34; Romans 1:28-32, 5:6, 6:16; Galatians 5:19-21; 2 Peter 2:19)
F. Unable to understand the things of God (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25; Isaiah 55:8-9; 1 Corinthians 2:14)
G. Unable to please God or to walk in His way (Psalm 143:2b; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 8:7-8; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 11:6)
H. Incapable of living a spiritually fruitful and meaningful life (John 15:4-6).
B. On the other hand, God is loving and doesn't want us to perish in our sin (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9), so He draws us toward His Son, Jesus (John 6:44-45, 65).
B. Since we cannot save ourselves or do anything to merit God's favor and mercy (Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5-7), Jesus paid the full price for our redemption by dying on the cross for the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7;1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19,3:18).
C. God accepted and approved His Son's sacrificial death for our sin by raising Jesus from the dead (Romans 1:4, 4:25). Jesus Christ is eternally alive (Acts 2:32; Romans 6:9; Revelation 1:17-18), is with God (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 8:1), and is Lord of all (Philippians 2:911; Revelation 17:14, 19:16). Through His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ is victorious over sin (Romans 6:10), death (Romans 6:9), and the devil (Hebrews 2:14).
D. Through Jesus, one can:
2. Experience a spiritual new birth (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:3, 23; 1 John 5:1)
3. Receive the gift of eternal life through God's gracious gift of faith (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:40, 47; 11:25-26; 17:1-3; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 John 5:11-12)
4. Have access to God (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:18, 3:11-12; Hebrews 10:19-22)
5. Be a member of God's family (John 1:12; Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:5,2:19; 1 John 3:1-2)
6. Understand the things of God (John 14:26, 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13)
7. Become a new person with the capability for living in a totally new manner (Romans 6:4-22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13)
8. Be empowered to change, to mature into Christ likeness, and to have an increasingly intimate knowledge of God Himself (John 17:3; Romans 8:2, 28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 1:6, 4:13; Colossians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
2. Repent of your sin (Mark 1:15; Luke 15:7; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 26:20; 2 Peter 3:9)
3. Wholeheartedly believe that the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed on the Cross provides forgiveness for your sin (Romans 3:23-25; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:19-23; 1 Peter 1:18-19) and likewise believe that God raised Jesus from the dead so that you might walk in newness of life (Romans 4:24-25,6:4,8:11,10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-22)
4. Sincerely receive the Lord Jesus Christ into your life (John 1:12; 1 John 5:12), and as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), live in faithful and loving obedience to God's Word (the Bible) (1 John 2:3-6). Jesus becomes a true believer's Lord....and Savior. He receives Jesus as Lord because of who Jesus is....that being God and our Creator. He accepts God's authority over him, because God is his Creator and Savior. This belief is not based on one's works, ritual acts, such as baptism or the Lord's Supper, church membership, or any religious act of men, but solely on God's offer of unmerited favor, which is grace. The true believer understands he deserves hell, but God in his mercy and love freely offers salvation truth His grace.
The Bible is God own very word and it and it alone is our sole authority for our faith and practice. Salvation is of the Lord and it is He....not man....who can save and give eternal life. It degrades God for a man to assume God's rightful position and seek to make the terms for God's forgiving us and imparting unto us eternal life (Isaiah 55:9). Man does not bargain with God in receiving salvation, but to the contrary, but in humility fully accepts God's plan.
2. The next reason is consistent with, and follows, the same basic spiritual principle as the first. The problems brought on by man as a result of his sin of disobedience in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3; Romans 5:12) cannot be solved by man's devices and philosophies (1 Corinthians 3:19-20; Colossians 2:6-8), regardless of the futile attempts to mix God's Word with unregenerate suppositions and theories (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:19).
b. By merely dealing in a superficial way with the basic problems of rebellion and disobedience, man's wisdom seeks to thwart the very will and plan of God to bring him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to a subsequent reliance on the Word of God for every area of life.
B. God's way is:
2. A child and heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:14-17)
3. A citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20), blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) and fully complete in Christ Jesus (Colossians 2:9-10)
4. Strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10-17) as a functioning and maturing member of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16)
5. More than a conqueror through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37; 1 John 4:4), since you have been released from sin's slavery (Romans 6:5-7) and have been delivered out of the domain (authority) of darkness and into the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13)
6. An ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a citizen of a holy nation, a possession of God (1 Peter 2:9), and a holy temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21)
7. Transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)
8. Full of His peace (John 16:33) and joy (John 15:11, 17:13)
9. Changed by the Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
10. Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14) to understand the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-13)
11. Able to accomplish (or endure) anything in God's will for you through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13), knowing that God is in total control of your life (Romans 8:28-29, 1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 1:6)
12. Empowered to practice biblical love, thus proving yourself to be a disciple of Christ (John 13:35).
2. God's plan emphasizes that we are to live for Him, and the true believer's old self-nature was crucified and buried with Christ in order that he might walk in newness of life (Romans chapter 6; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Colossians 3:2-17). It this God alone who enables us to live a righteous life pleasing to the Lord.