First, we must learn what God’s purpose is. Why we exist in the first place.
God has a purpose in creating mankind. This purpose is revealed in the scriptures which comprise the Bible.
From the Bible we learn that the earth was made to be inhabited.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
And that God intends to fill the earth with his glory.
Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
His glory will be in the form of men and women raised to the divine nature.
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God made us with freewill, rather than as robots. so that we can choose whether we want to be part of his purpose or not. Because Adam exercised his freewill and chose to disobey God, he brought sin and death upon his progeny.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
God, in his mercy, fathered a Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life in sacrifice so that those who believe in him can have forgiveness of sin and be rewarded with the divine nature.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
To take advantage of God’s offer, we must: -
1. Understand and believe the gospel preached by Jesus Christ and his apostles as recorded in the New Testament.
3. Repent of our sinful way of life (change the way that we live).
3. Be baptised by immersion in water into Jesus Christ for the remission of past sins.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
4. Live a new life by the commandments of Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
5. Hold fast to our faith until the end of our lives.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
After baptism, we cannot live a sinless life, but provided we are making a determined effort to live by Jesus’ commandments, our sins will be forgiven by confession in prayer.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When we are baptised, we are baptised into a body of believers.
This is where we find our purpose in life.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
To understand the gospel and God’s purpose, we must read the Bible for ourselves.
This is best done by adopting a daily reading plan, as the Bible is a large book.
Go here for a free reading plan:
Relying on other people’s opinions is not recommended.
There is just one Bible, but many churches, they cannot all be right.
The reward on offer is eternal life in the kingdom of God, so it is worth making an effort to understand how we might attain to it.
May I suggest that you read “Your Share in God’s Promises” here:
I hope you find this helpful.