Listen:  95 Question 3

Amos 4:12 gives this very solemn warning, “…prepare to meet your God…”  Many people reject the idea of the existence of God because they do not like the idea of being responsible before God.  Many reject the truth of creation by God because it shows that God does exist and this world is His handiwork.  Genesis 1:1 is very emphatic in saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  Here we find no argument; no attempts at proof; just the bold statement that God created the heaven and the earth.  We read in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things are held together.”  This teaches us that the Lord created all things and all things are held together by His mighty hand.

Over the years, man has continued to exclude God from the act of creation of the world and of man.  To that, Psalms 14:1 tells us, “The fool has said in his heart, There is no God…”  It is the fool that refuses to acknowledge the Lord.  The Hebrew word for fool, ‘nabal’, literally means stupid or vile person.  It is illogical to deny the existence of our creator.  King David marveled at the greatness of God as he considered the vastness of His creation.  He wrote in Psalms 8:3-4, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

The Apostle Paul wrote of how man is without excuse, and is subject to the wrath of God, in denying the existence of God.  He wrote in Romans 1:18-20, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”  Anyone who denies the existence of God will be held accountable for the Lord has revealed Himself to us in His creation.

I want to be clear, too, in saying that to acknowledge the existence of God does not bring salvation.  We read in James 2:19, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”  Even the devils, or demons, know and acknowledge that there is one god.  We need to understand our failure before God.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  How can we deny this truth?  Who among us can say we have never sinned?  Because of our sin, we are not qualified to enter Heaven.  Speaking of Heaven, Revelation 21:27 tells us, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”  Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will enter Heaven.  How do we have our names written there?  Simply by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior; the One who died to pay your sin debt; the very Son of God who gave His life so that we might be saved.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says, “…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”  You believe in God?  Good, that’s the perfect first step.  Now, bow to Him and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as the savior from your sins.  You prepare to meet your God by trusting in God’s Son as your savior and Lord.  Romans 10:9-10 assures us, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  (95.3)