John 20.30-31 records, Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.
Most conversations about God begin with, ‘I think.’ Everyone has an opinion it seems about Who God is, if God is and how God operates. Where do these ideas come from and how do we know they are true?
What if our understanding is wrong and we live our whole life in defiance of what God wants? Our self-determined opinions of God make no sense to me. It seems supremely arrogant for us to think we can just ‘know’ God.
We really don’t just ‘know’ anything else so why would we assume that this special knowledge is inherent about our Creator? It has always made sense to me that if there really is a God He would make Himself known to us so that we could respond to Him as He wishes.
It is having a right response to God that allows us to live with Him forever, joining those who have similarly responded. Isn’t that our true goal? To live forever and in particular, with those we love? God, the One True God, makes such an offer. How do I know?
God has made available to everyone, for all time, for more than 4000 years, Who He is and what He promises those who obey Him, through the Scriptures. God has used men to record His will so that all men can know Him and do what pleases Him so we can live forever. That makes perfect sense to me if God is, and if He is good.
The One True God went beyond working just through men to reveal Himself. He Himself came to the world as a Man in order to both teach us Who He is, and to provide for us His promise of eternal life, given to all those who believe in and obey Him.
His promise of eternal life is made possible through His sacrifice for our disobedience so that He can pardon us and then receive us to live with Him forever. By believing God is, that He wants us to know Him, that He has recorded His ways, and that He has appeared for our redemption, we can have eternal life, real life, now and forevermore.