I consider myself a ‘good person’… won’t that be enough?
- Romans 3:23 – "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
- Romans 3:10 – "As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;"
- Romans 5:12 – "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
The prophet Isaiah stated very clearly in Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as the leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." In the book of Romans the apostle Paul simply reiterated what the prophet Isaiah had said stating that every human being is a sinner. If we could save ourselves or take away our own sins by doing good works or by being good people, then the question must be asked, "Then why did Christ die?" If we could possibly cleanse our own sin stains or receive forgiveness of our sins by turning over a new leaf or by doing good deeds, then Jesus Christ would not have had to die! The fact of the matter is very simply that we are all sinners who cannot wash away our own sins. None of the good things that we can do, and no amount of our own good works could ever possibly pay our sin debt.
In Galatians 2:16 the apostle Paul wrote, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Paul summarized his argument in Galatians 2:21 by saying, "I do not frustrate the grace of God: For if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." If we could wash away our own sins by doing good works, by keeping the law, or by doing a great amount of good deeds, then Jesus Christ would have died in vain, His death would not have been necessary, and God would have made a mistake in sending His only Son to die for those who could have been saved a different way. The truth of the matter is very simple and very clear, Jesus Christ, as the Savior of the world, died on the cross as the payment for the sins of all mankind, and He did it because we could not pay for our own sins. We owed a debt we could not pay, and He paid a debt He did not owe, and He did it because He loves us and wants us to be saved. Is sin really THAT big of a deal? If it is… what HOPE is there?
- Romans 6:23 – "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Is sin a big deal? You bet it is! It was our sin that caused Jesus Christ to come to this world and die on the cross. John 3:16 tells us, "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 I John 2:1-2 the Bible tells us, "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: And not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Never forget that it was our sin that caused Jesus Christ to die on the cross as the payment for our sin debt. After what I’ve done to grieve God… HOW could He willingly die in my place?
- Romans 5:8 – "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world so that all men could be saved. Now, let's make that personal. God loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross as the payment for your sins so that you could be saved. The facts are plain and simple. You are a sinner, God loves you, and Jesus died for you. Now all you have to do is accept His payment for your sin by receiving Him as your Savior and Lord. Think about it this way. You are in jail, guilty of a crime, and awaiting execution. A man comes to you and says, "I'm going to pay for your crime. I'm going to die in your place." You would say, "But I'm guilty and you are innocent." You might ask, "Why would you be willing to do such a thing?" The man simply answers, "Because I love you." You'd have a very serious choice to make. Do you allow him to die in your place, the innocent for the guilty, because he loves you, or do you reject his offer of pardon and forgiveness and choose to die as the payment for your own crimes? The choice would be yours. The choice is still yours today in regard to the salvation of your eternal soul. Will you accept by faith what Jesus Christ has already done for your salvation, or will you reject His sacrifice and pay for your own sins? The choice is your own. What if I choose to reject Christ?
In the book of Luke Jesus told the story in chapter 16 about a rich man and a beggar. The rich man was very wealthy and ate the best of foods and wore the finest of clothing. The beggar, named Lazarus, was very poor and laid outside the rich man's gate begging for crumbs from the rich man's table. Eventually, both of these men died. As we are saved by faith in Christ, we understand that someone told the beggar about Jesus Christ and he believed and was saved. The beggar then went to paradise and later to heaven. The rich man, however, having rejected Christ, died in his sins and went to hell. The Bible tells us in Luke 16:22-24, "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: The rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame."
Hell is a place of eternal firey torment reserved for the devil, his angels, and all those who choose to reject Christ. In Revelation 20:12-15, the final book of the Bible, the Word of God describes for us the final judgment of all those who choose to reject Christ, stating, "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life: And the dead (spiritually dead/unsaved)were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: And they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire." The choice that you have is the same choice that Lazarus the beggar had, the same choice that the rich man had, and with the same eternal consequences. Jesus Christ paid your sin debt with His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. You can choose to accept His payment for your sin and be eternally saved or you can choose to reject His sacrifice, die in your sins, and spend all eternity in the torments of hell and the Lake of Fire. The choice is yours. How can I be saved?
- Romans 10:9-10 "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."
- Romans 10:13 - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
The choice is very simple really. If you believe that you are a sinner, that your sin will cause you eternal ruin, that God loves you and wants to save you, and that Jesus Christ died for your sins on Calvary's cross, then all you have to do is pray a prayer of repentance to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Our heavenly Father waits for sinners to call upon Him for salvation. You can pray a prayer of repentance right now.
I know that I am a sinner, and know that my sin will take me to hell. I am sorry for all of my sin and repent. I ask you right now to forgive me of all my sin and to come into my heart and life to save me. I believe that you love me and died on the cross to pay for my sins, and right now I receive you as my personal savior and Lord. I trust you and what you have done on the cross as the payment for my sin. Thank you for loving me so much that you would die for me. Thank you for paying for my sins. And thank you for being my Savior.
In Jesus Name, Amen.Did God HEAR me? Did He ACCEPT me?
- John 1:12 - "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."
Yes, God does hear and accept ALL who come in faith to Him asking forgiveness for their sins. The Bible, the Word of God, promises that all those who truly repent of their sins and ask Jesus to save them are saved. If you mean business with God then He does exactly what He says He will do in the Bible and He saves your soul. What do I do now?
- II Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
- Romans 10:17 – "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Your journey as a child of the King of Kings has just begun! You will notice immediately that God is working in your life to change you. As you spend time in reading the Word of God you will learn more and more about God. The apostle Peter said this in I Peter 2:2, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby." Reading and studying the Word of God will help you to grow as a new believer and to be changed. Read your Bible, pray, and be faithful to attend an Independent Baptist church where you can hear the Word of God preached and fellowship with other believers. You should also now confess Jesus, your Savior, before men. Let people know that you have been saved. Let people know what has happened to you. Share about your new faith in Christ with your family, co-workers, and others whom God places in your path each day. Remember, as God has saved you, so He wants to save others.Questions?
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