There is One True God.
Deut 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
Apart from Him there is no other.
Isa 45:5-6 5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; NKJV (Actually all of Isaiah chapter 45 is good)
He is Spirit.
John 4:24 God is Spirit, NKJV
He created all things, spirit and material. Nothing exists that He did not make.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. NKJV
One of God's greatest angel's decided to sin and was thrown out of Heaven onto the earth.
Isa 14:12-15 12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. 13 For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.' NLT
God created mankind in God's own image.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. NKJV
Satan tempted mankind and mankind chose to sin and is now separated from the Creator God by sin.
Gen 2:16-17 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." NKJV
Gen 3:1-7 3:1 Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. "Really?" he asked the woman. "Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?" 2 "Of course we may eat it," the woman told him. 3 "It's only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die." 4 "You won't die!" the serpent hissed. 5 "God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil." 6 The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too. 7 At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves. NLT
The wages of sin is death.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death… NKJV
The Creator God has then made a way back to Him by taking the punishment for sin upon Himself for us.
Isa 53:4-6 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. NKJV
He did this in the form of Jesus Christ the Son. Jesus paid our sin debt for us by suffering, dying on the cross, and raising again from the dead.
1 Cor 15:3-4 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, NKJV
Now that Jesus has ascended to the Father, He has sent us the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of the Truth that Jesus is the Promised Savior.
John 16:7-11 It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. NKJV
It is by having faith (which means trusting) in Jesus that we are saved.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. NKJV
It is not just any kind of faith that saves us, even the demons believe, but it does them no good. A saving faith is the kind of faith that changes us from desiring to do bad things into desiring to do good things.
James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble! NKJV
James 2:16-17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. NKJV
When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior then our spirit, that was dead (meaning separated from God by sin), becomes alive, new (meaning connected to God by the Holy Spirit.)
Eph 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
It is the person of the Holy Spirit (who is God), who lives in us, in our new, living spirit.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
But our minds and our bodies are not immediately renewed.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV
Rom 8:13-14 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. NKJV
The work of the Holy Spirit is to sanctify us, meaning He renews our minds and curbs our fleshly desires. He is recreating us into the image of Jesus Christ.
2 Thess 2:13 because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We assist (or allow) the Holy Spirit to do this when we practice the disciplines. I think the three most important disciplines are prayer,
1 Thess 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
scripture (read, study and memorize),
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Ps 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Ps 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Rom 10:9 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.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
We know this “sanctification process” is happening when we “naturally” demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit. It just flows out of us without us even trying to be good, it just becomes who we are to do good.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
If we have the power of God “in us”, then what do we have power over? We have power over the most destructive force in the universe, which is “sin.” We have the power to stop sinning.
Rom 6:6-7 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.
That is enough to get you started. Just be aware, there is more. I will cover this in the future under something I like to call, "Something More."