Each of us faces the same dilemma. We have a sin debt that we owe to God but no way to pay for it. The Bible teaches us that “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). We have sinned against God in that we have broken his commands. We have all lied, stolen, lusted, envied, and have chosen to make ourselves and what we want more important than what God has commanded. The Bible says that the consequences of our sin is death and separation from God. We are separated from Him now in this life and we will be separated from Him for all eternity in a place called hell where we will suffer the consequences of our sins. None of our solutions - living a moral life, being religious, or doing more good deeds - can take care of our sin problem. The Bible teaches that even our righteous deeds are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and that by the works of the law (moral living, good deeds, etc.) no flesh will be justified (declared innocent) in his sight.
But God Himself has provided the only solution - one that both satisfies His justice and grants mercy to the sinner. He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty we owed. Jesus came to earth, born of a virgin, and lived a perfect sinless life, fulfilling all that God required of man. Then Jesus suffered and died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day, proving that he was the son of God. Jesus willingly took our place on the cross and experienced the full measure of the Lord's wrath against our sinfulness. The Bible says that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). In dying for us, Christ secured our salvation by paying the debt for all our past, present, and future sins. So now because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God can forgive our sins and therefore restore us to a right relationship with himself.
But in order to have this relationship we must repent of (turn away from) our sins and submit our lives by faith to the leadership of Jesus. The Bible says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (master, ruler) and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9) and that we are to “repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). The “Gospel” is the good news that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. When we, with God’s help, repent of our sins and put our trust in Jesus and surrender our life to him, He then becomes our Savior and Lord and we are brought into a right relationship with God that begins in this life and will carry on throughout all of eternity. The Bible says "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
I encourage you today to humble yourself as best you know how, repent of your sins and call out to Jesus to save you. Then get a Bible, read it and obey it (a good place to start reading is the Gospel of John). Find a church that teaches the Bible and get involved. Get with other Christians that can help you to grow in your faith. And be sure to share the love of Jesus with everyone you meet! God bless you!
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