Introduction to God

What is the Purpose of My Life?

Everybody at some point in their life asks the eternal type questions of “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” In one of the least understood books of the Bible, we can find some very insightful solutions to these questions. The book is Ecclesiastes and the author is one of the most qualified and unique persons of human history, Solomon, king of Israel. Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s unbridled search for significance, his relentless run after reality, his extreme hunt for happiness. In short, his pursuit is to find the meaning and purpose of life “under the sun.” His conclusion: ALL worldly pursuits—fame, family, fortune; wisdom, women, wealth; song, slaves, silver—are dead ends and therefore life is meaningless. Why? Because Solomon had them all and did them all and discovered life without God was totally empty. Yet, in his pursuits, he did discovered that the secret in life was not “under the sun” but “in the Son”: That God had placed eternity into the heart [mind] of every man to know his Creator and in that relationship could in fact, love and respect God, enjoy life and find complete fulfillment.
 
In his unbridled search for significance, Solomon discovered significance solely in the Creator. In his relentless run after reality, Solomon discovered reality solely in the revelation of the Creator and that which He has revealed about Himself through His Word. In his extreme hunt for happiness, Solomon discovered that happiness is not an emotional high that comes and goes with the wind but rather a mental attitude of contentment, a tranquillity of soul in every circumstance of life; that such a happiness can only be attained through a daily intake of the Word of God and Bible Doctrine resulting in a saturation of the Word of God and Bible Doctrine in the soul whereby the individual becomes consistently occupied with the Person of Jesus Christ.
 
Before we begin our introduction to God, let us direct our attention to the futility of life by catching a glimpse of King Solomon's mindset while he was under human viewpoint thinking . . .
 
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Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” —Ecclesiastes 1:2
  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
  2. He [Jesus Christ] was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
  3. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
  4. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:18)
  5. He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Col. 1:15)
  6. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
  7. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Col. 1:16)
  8. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Col. 1:17)
  9. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
  10. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)
  11. [He is] the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (John 1:9)
  12. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)
  13. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
  14. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified [declared righteous] by faith apart from the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:28)
  15. For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." (Romans 4:3)
  16. Therefore, having been justified [declared righteous] by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
  17. [So God created] man in [His own] image, according to [His] likeness; and let [man] rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. (Gen 1:26)
  18. The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
    And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. (Ps. 19:1)
  19. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they [unbelievers] are without excuse [without a legal defense]. (Rom. 1:20)
  20. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. (Prov. 12:15)
  21. Jesus [says], "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again [regenerated his human spirit with the result that he is a new creation in Christ] he cannot see the [present Church Age mystery form] kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
  22. But the LORD is the only true God.
    He is the living God and the everlasting King! (Jer. 10:10a)
  23. "There is no one holy like the LORD,
    Indeed, there is no one besides [Him],
    Nor is there any rock like our God. (1 Sam. 2:2)
  24. Thus says the LORD, "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD." (Jer. 17:5)
  25. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matt. 16:25)
  26. "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)
  27. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Rom. 1:18)
  28. because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. (Rom. 1:19)
  29. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Rom. 1:21)
  30. They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. (Isa. 44:18)
  31. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Rom. 1:22-23)
  32. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Rom. 1:25)
  33. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; (Rom. 1:28-31)
  34. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (James 1:13)
  35. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (James 1:14)
  36. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:15)
  37. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (James 1:16)
  38. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)
  39. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)
  40. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
  41. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:10)
  42. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that [Jesus is LORD] you will die in your sins. (John 8:24)
  43. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Heb. 9:27)
  44. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:15)
  45. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were [still] sinners, Christ died [in our place, as a substitute] for us. (Rom. 5:8)
  46. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
  47. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)
  48. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)
  49. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
  50. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:20)
  51. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. (John 3:21)
  52. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim. 2:5)
  53. And there is salvation [everlasting life] in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved [delivered from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire]. (Acts 4:12)
  54. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
  55. Jesus [says], "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)
  56. What must [you] do to be saved [delivered from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire]? (Acts 16:30)
  57. So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved [delivered from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire].” (Acts 16:31a)
  58. For by grace you [are having] been saved [delivered from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire] through faith, and that [eternal salvation] not [from] yourselves; it is the gift of God; not [as a result] of works, lest anyone should boast. (Eph. 2:8-9)
  59. He [God the Father] made Him [God the SonJesus Christ] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:21)
  60. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)
  61. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the [present Church Age mystery form] kingdom of God like a child [by faith] will not enter it at all. (Luke 18:17)
  62. That if you confess [acknowledge] with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart [mind] that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved [delivered from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire]; (Rom. 10:9)
  63. for with the heart [mind] a person believes, resulting in [imputation of God's] righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation [imputation of everlasting life]. (Rom. 10:10)
  64. [Jesus says,] "And I give [you] eternal life, and [you] shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch [you] out of My hand." (John 10:28)