The Lord Jesus Christ is the central character of the New Testament scriptures. The opening words of the first gospel account, by Matthew, can be applied to the whole of the New Testament: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ “(Matthew 1:1). The four gospels are followed by the account of the preaching of Christ’s apostles, and by the letters they wrote to believers in him throughout the Roman world in the first century AD.
But information about Jesus Christ is not confined to the New Testament. His coming was anticipated by men and women who lived before the New Testament books were written: “The people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John (the Baptist), whether he were the Christ, or not” (Luke 3:15).
To start with, we shall have to spend a little time on the nature of conscience.
The Bible says that man is made in the image of God and when we are explaining what that means we stress that man like God is a moral being. He is able to reason, assess and respond at a moral level. He has a conscience which enables him to distinguish between right and wrong: to know the difference between good and bad.
No other created thing has this capacity and therefore it places man at the summit of God’s creation. It is this that makes man akin to God as no other creature is akin to Him. It is often said that a dog is man’s best friend. Personally I would want to challenge that, but accepting for the moment this idea, the very best dog has no conscience and quite definitely the very worst man has.
Learn about God our Father and how we can become His children.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”(Genesis 1:1).
With these few short words the Bible introduces us to God. We learn that the God of the Bible is Creator — maker of heaven and earth, the giver of life, the giver of good. But the Bible shows us that God is much more than a creator. He is our heavenly Father.
God wants us to be His children. God wants to be our heavenly Father. In fact, this is one of the most powerful messages in the Bible. God is willing to make us part of His special family, but that does not happen automatically. We must enter His family in the special way He has prescribed. That way is summed up in these words:
“Yet to all who received Jesus, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”(John 1:12-13).