The Bible teaches that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). God created all of the billions of stars and even the complex human body. Revelation 4:11 says, “For thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Man was created specifically by God to honor, serve, and enjoy Him forever.
But there is a serious problem that has broken this relationship – sin. The Bible says, “There is not a just [perfect] man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Eccl. 7:20; Rom. 3:23). God, who is absolutely just, must punish our sin. Romans 6:23 tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” In other words, our sin has earned us separation from God forever in a very real place called hell. Jesus described hell as a place of “everlasting fire” and agonizing pain.
Many have argued, “But I am not that bad; I’m a pretty good person. Surely, good people go to heaven!” God’s Word, however, demands absolute perfection, a standard that no one can reach. Consider Galatians 3:10-11: “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Have you obeyed every one of God’s commands? Of course not! “But what about all of my good works?” you may ask. “Don’t they somehow ‘outweigh’ all of my sin?” Isaiah 64:6 states that even our “righteousness [goodness] is as filthy rags.” Clearly, no one stands innocent and pure in the sight of a holy God in their sin, regardless of how religious or good they may appear.
But there is good news! Romans 5:8 says that “God commendeth [demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He did for you what good works and religion could not do. Christ fully paid the penalty of your sin debt through His death and resurrection. He rose again three days later to prove that He is the one true God who has power over sin, death, and hell. Because of His finished work on your behalf, you do not have to face the penalty that you deserve for your sin. You can be forgiven and receive His free gift of eternal life!
How can this good news be applied to you? The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). What does “believing in Jesus” mean? Many people believe He existed but are still trusting in something other than Christ alone. True belief, or faith, is not Jesus plus baptism, church membership, good works, etc., but real saving faith is relying on Christ alone, whose blood cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
If you desire to be saved from your sin, call out to God, repent of your sinfulness and of all your efforts to earn forgiveness on your own, acknowledge your faith in Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf, and depend on His finished work alone for forgiveness and everlasting life. If you have done this, we at Fellowship Baptist Church would love to help you grow in your new walk with God. Please visit us soon.
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