Who is God?
The Bible tells us God created the world and all that is in it, including us. Because He created and sustains us, He has the right to rule or have authority over our hearts and lives. Because of His love, He made us in His likeness or image so we would want to worship and give honor to Him as our true God and Creator. The Bible says in the book of Revelation 4:11,“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Again the Bible says in the book of Acts 17:24-27 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…”
What is our problem?
Mankind has rebelled against God and His authority and has chosen rather than seeking God to live life their own way. We want to “do our own thing.” God calls our refusal to acknowledge and accept His authority over us as sin. Sin has a penalty and that penalty is death, not only the death of our physical bodies, but also spiritual death. Without acknowledging and accepting His authority over us, we will spend eternity in hell apart from God. Hell is what we all deserve for the sin of rebellion against God. The Bible says, in the book of Romans 3:10-12 “…None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside…no one does good, not even one.”And again the Bible says in the book of Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God says we only get the opportunity to choose between life and death while we live out our existence on the earth as mortal human beings, once we die we no longer have the chance to place our faith in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins and gain eternal life. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews 9:27 “…it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…”
What is the solution?
The solution is not trying to be good enough to be accepted by God, the Bible says in the Book of Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We can never earn our way into heaven nor earn God’s forgiveness. It is out of God’s wondrous love for us that He gives us mercy and forgiveness. God’s mercy and forgiveness are made known to us through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, Whom God sent to die on the cross for us (for sinners) and to pay sin’s penalty for us. On the cross, Jesus, endured the punishment that we deserved and in so doing satisfied the anger of God against sin, making it possible for us to be made right with God and receive eternal life. The Bible says, in the book of Romans 5:6; 8-9 “…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Again the Bible says in the book of 1 Peter 3:18 “…Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God…”
How should we respond?
If the solution is not being good enough and God has already given His Son to pay sin’s penalty for us, what then, should we do? The Bible tells us God says to repent from our sins and to trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. The first step is to admit we are sinners, then believe our sins are forgiven only through Jesus’ death on the cross, and then commit ourselves to obey the risen Christ as our Lord and Savior. The Bible says in the book of Luke 9:23, “…If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Again the Bible says in the book of Acts 17:30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent…” And again the Bible says in the book of Acts 16:31 “…Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”
What choice will you make?
You can do one of three things –
Do nothing: By not making a definite choice, you are by default leaving yourself under God’s condemnation, because we all have sinned and there is not one among us who is righteous enough to earn our way to heaven.
Choose death: By making the definite choice to follow your own heart and rule your own life you are choosing to be left under God’s condemnation, even if you believe you are a good person you can never measure up to God’s standard and receive eternal life by your own means.
Choose life: By making the definite choice to admit you are a sinner, that you’ve rebelled against God and now desire by faith to believe that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, whereby He obtained our forgiveness and we are now declared right with God and have received the gift of eternal life.
The Bible says in the Book of John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
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All Scripture quoted from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) , by The Lockman Foundation, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.