Every Person Has a Need
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). By committing just one sin, we fail to meet God’s standard of perfection. Because God is holy, He cannot allow any sin to enter His heaven. The Bible says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23). So how can anyone overcome the penalty of sin and go to heaven?
Being Good is Not the Answer
Going to church, being baptized, and practicing good morals are good, but they do not satisfy God’s holy demands. According to the Bible, a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. (Galatians 2:16).
God Himself has Provided the Answer
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for sin. He died on the cross to pay for our sins, all of them. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).
It Happened at the Cross
Jesus shed His blood and paid for all our sin. Hebrews 9:22 says without shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness of sin). On the third day after His death, Jesus rose form the dead, demonstrating His divine power over sin and death. This is God’s great gift to every person: complete payment for sin. All we can do is receive the gift. So, how do we receive it?
I Must Place my Complete Trust in Jesus
The Bible says, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31). Believing means that after we realize we are sinners, we completely trust in Jesus and what He did for us as payment for our sin.
Trusting in Christ Brings New Life
All our sins are forgiven and we can be confident of eternal life. The Bible says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). Out of gratitude to God, our desires, actions, will, our entire life – all begin to change. He loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. He wants us to be just like Jesus. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17).
All may Receive God’s Gift of Eternal Life
Recognize that you can do nothing in your own strength to overcome the penalty of sin. Place your complete trust in Christ today! For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)