Class 3: Let God Touch You (Part 3)
Allow me to begin with a word from Rosa Parks, known as “the first lady of the civil rights movement”. She said, “Since I have always been a strong believer in God, I know that He is with me, and only He can get me through. I learned to put my trust in God and to seek Him as my strength.”
Erma Bombeck, a bestselling author, said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
You might recall that we talked about the great punishment for sin which is death — both physical and spiritual. One verse we emphasized was Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” However, God has not left us with a punishment and no way out. He has provided a ransom, an atonement, for our sins in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This is where we will continue our study today…
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on screen. First, I will read from the corresponding letter in Letters to Young Black Women:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
I want you to know that you are a special blessing from God. As far as I am concerned, the greatest gift to God’s green earth has been women. God has blessed you to be a woman. In my opinion, without you, this world would be incomplete and colorless. Without a woman, the Son of God would have never been born. So, I must join T.D. Jakes in saying, “God loves His girls.” The world may be hostile towards you, but God loves you very much, and you need to keep that in your heart and mind throughout the vicissitudes of life.
In this, my second letter to you, I want to encourage you to let God touch you — deeply. For some reason, traditionally, women have been more attracted to the Lord than men have been. The first people to the tomb were women; many of Jesus’ followers were women. If you are not a follower of His, you need to get to know Him for yourself. In order to do that, you must open up your heart to Him, and let Him touch you. Well, you say, how do I do that? I’m glad you asked.
I was raised in the church, but I got saved outside of the church because I never heard a clear, understandable, presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ while in the church. So, listen closely to what I’m about to tell you:
First of all, understand that you are a sinner like the rest of us. Yes, believe it or not, each one of us born into this world has sinned. All of us have broken the laws of God. The Bible states plainly:
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23
Second, God wants us to understand that because of our sin, there is a great punishment and that punishment is death — both spiritual death and physical death. You see, because of sin, we die physically, but also because of sin, we die spiritually. This spiritual death is actually eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. Notice what God’s Word says about this death in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Also consider the following verse from Revelation 21:8:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Third, after realizing our sad and condemned condition, God wants us to understand that He loves us more than we love ourselves. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live, suffer, shed His blood, and die on Calvary’s cross for your sin and mine. After Jesus’ earth-shaking death that day, He was buried and three days later He rose by the power of God.
Consider the following verse from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In order to really know God, you must go through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Notice what Jesus Christ said about Himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus Christ is the only way to joy, peace, and to eternal life. Here is how to accept Him into your heart according to the Scriptures:
“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.” —Romans 10:9
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” —Romans 10:13
Dear YBW, if you want to know God, the source of all love, joy, peace, real happiness and true success, believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for you, and ask Him to come into your heart and save you. He will. You have God’s Word on it.
Yours for Letting God Touch You,
Daniel Whyte III
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
- After realizing our sad and condemned condition, God wants us to understand that He loves us more than we love ourselves. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live, suffer, shed His blood, and die on Calvary’s cross for your sins. After Jesus’ earth-shaking death that day, He was buried, and three days later, He rose by the power of God.
Please listen as I read these verses and note what they say about forgiveness of sin and salvation through Jesus Christ:
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In order to really know God, you must go through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. God saw fit to send His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die a cruel death on the cross and bear the sins of the entire world. God knew before time of every sin that we would ever commit. He also knew that we would never in a million years be able to atone for our sins. Thus, He sacrificed by giving His Son Jesus Christ to the world. Because of the mercy God showed to us through this gift, we have the opportunity to be made right with Him if we believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:12 says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Some people believe doing good works or following the teachings of religious leaders will give them salvation. But, the notion that anything or anybody else can provide the free gift of salvation is false. Many important people have died in the pursuit of great causes, but no one has ever died for the sins of the entire world. No other person besides Jesus Christ can offer salvation. Salvation is not based upon merit or works, but upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only One who can save us, make us righteous, and give us freedom, peace, and joy in our souls.
John 14:6 says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus Christ called Himself “the way”. This means there is no other way and there is no other person who can be the way. We cannot be made righteous in the sight of God, experience salvation, or have the hope of Heaven without accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ is the way by which we obtain the permanent, meaningful blessings of life — things that cannot be taken away from us. Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus Christ is the only way to joy, peace, and to eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Grace is the favor of God. These verses show that salvation is only possible because of the grace of God through faith in Christ. Since salvation does not come from us, we have nothing to boast about or be proud of. The grace of God is a gift — a free gift. When you give someone a gift, they don’t have to pay for it, or work for it, or perform for it — it is free. Such is the case with God’s grace and the salvation that proceeds from that grace.
So, in closing, we must realize that we are all sinners. We must also realize that there is a punishment for sin which is death — physical death and spiritual death. Finally, we must realize that only Jesus Christ can save us from our sins and give us new life. Nothing or nobody can take the place of Jesus Christ on the cross, shedding His blood for the sins of the entire world. Since Christ has done all the hard work and presented you with everything you need to receive His free gift of salvation, all you have to do is accept it. This is where we will continue our study on “LET GOD TOUCH YOU” in our next class.
John Dyer, said, “A man may go to heaven without health, without riches, without honors, without learning, without friends, but he can never go there without Christ.”
I want to give you the opportunity right now to make the decision to give your life to Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.