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How can I seek the face of God?

How can I have my spiritual eyes and ears opened?

God has chosen to reveal himself through the scriptures which make up the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. All scripture is given by inspiration of God and we seek him by reading what he has caused to be written.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Those who seek God must have faith; which means they must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The only source of faith is the word of God recorded in the scriptures.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

God doesn’t speak to us supernaturally. God wants us to read and understand what he has caused to be written concerning his plan and purpose.

God explains in Genesis that he made man with freewill, able to choose whether he would obey God or not. Adam chose to disobey God and brought sin and death upon himself and his descendants.

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:

Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments. The punishment for each and every sin is death.

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die…

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…

Because of our nature, we cannot save ourselves from death.

Death is eternal oblivion.

Psalms 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing…

We do not have an immortal soul that lives on after death.We ARE a soul and when we die our soul dies.

Psalms 89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?

To save those who will respond, God fathered a son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born with our nature but lived a life without sin. He sacrificed his life so that those who respond can have forgiveness of sins and be raised to eternal life. During his ministry, Jesus preached the Gospel (good news) of how we can have our sins forgiven and be raised to eternal life in the future kingdom of God.

God’s purpose is to fill the earth with his glory.

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.

Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

God’s glory will be in the form of men and women raised to the divine nature to live forever in the kingdom of God.

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.

If we want to be part of the plan and purpose of God we must respond in the following manner:

1. We must understand and believe the Gospel preached by Jesus Christ.

2. We must repent of our sinful way of live (change the way we live).

3. We must be baptised by immersion in water into Christ for the remission of our past sins.

4. We must live a new life by the commandments of Jesus Christ.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…

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…

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

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.

We cannot live a sinless life, but providing we are making a determined effort to live by Christ’s commandments, the sins that we commit after baptism will be forgiven by confession in prayer.

1 John 1:7-9 ...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.

The kingdom of God will be established in two stages. When Christ returns, there will be a resurrection and judgment. Those accepted will reign with Christ over the mortal population of the earth for 1000 years.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

At the end of the millennial reign there will be a second resurrection and final judgment. Sin and death will be eradicated and all who live on will possess the divine nature and God will live with and in them forever.

Paul explains what is going to happen:

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign (the millennial reign), till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Only by prayerfully reading the Bible can we have our spiritual eye and ear opened. God does not speak directly to individuals, he expects us to read what he has caused to be written.

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Salvation is by the foolishness of preaching:

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

May I suggest that you read Your Share in God's Promises and Salvation (click on titles)

I hope you find this helpful.

God bless,
Glenn

 
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