There are many things in life that we are not always certain of. The economy? The weather? The people? But throughout human history, there has always been one constant- Someone who has never changed because He has always been, He always is, and He always will be. God said in His book, the Bible, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6). Hebrews 13:8 tell us that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Though much of life goes through times of change, God and His Word never will. His message is still the same: He loves you, He died for you, He rose again from the dead for you because He wants to forever be with you! But how can anyone know for sure? the Bible tells us in 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” The Bible was written for you so that you can know God and the eternal life He wants to give you. It’s not a mystery. You can know. Here’s what the Bible says:
We are sinners.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
According to that verse, I am a sinner. According to that verse every member of our church is a sinner. And according to that verse, you too are a sinner.
Sin is breaking God’s law. It is doing something God said not to do or not doing something God said to do.
The penalty for sin is death.
“The wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a)
Some people think that if they do more good than bad they will go to Heaven. But the Bible does not say that the wages of sin is to be good. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. Others believe that they will go to Heaven because they were baptized. But the Bible doesn’t say that the wages of sin is baptism. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death.
Some people say, “Ours is the true church. If you join our church you will go to Heaven.” But the Bible does not say that the wages of sin is to join a particular church. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death.” If we pay what we owe for our sin, we must die and spend eternity in Hell.
Jesus paid the penalty for us.
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is as much God as if He had never been man, and as much man as if He had never been God. After living a sinless life, the Lord Jesus went to the cross, where He bled and died for our sin. After three days in the tomb, He rose from the grave, proving His power over death, sin, and Satan. The wages of sin is death. Jesus died for us; so He paid the wages of sin.
We must accept His payment for us.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
A gift is always free. If I pay even a fraction of its value, it is no longer a gift. Eternal Life is life forever in Heaven. This gift is available only through the Lord Jesus Christ.
According to Romans 6:23, we have two choices. We can pay for our sins ourselves by dying and going to Hell, or we can accept God’s gift of eternal life and go to Heaven when we die. In other words, we either receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, taking the gift of eternal life, or, by doing anything else; we reject Jesus Christ as our Savior, refusing His gift of eternal life.
Romans 10:13 tells us how we can accept God’s wonderful gift of eternal life. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” To be saved, we would have to be saved from something. If I were drowning, and you threw me a rope; I would say that you had saved me from drowning. When we pray and ask the Lord Jesus to save us, He saves us from our sin and from the penalty of death in Hell.
Will you trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? Will you rely on Him and Him alone to forgive your sin and give you everlasting life in Heaven? If you will, say the following prayer to the Lord (remember, to do anything other than receiving Christ is to reject Him).
“Lord, I admit that I am a sinner. I don’t deserve to go to Heaven. But I believe that you sent your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sin. I trust Him, and Him alone to forgive my sin, to become my Savior, and to take me to Heaven when I die. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
In John 6:37 Jesus says “…Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” If you sincerely accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, He promises to let you into Heaven when you die. He promises that He will not under any circumstances (“in no wise”) cast you out. That’s the best news in the world!
So how about it? Will you receive Him now? If you did, please let us know at Desert Gateway Baptist Church. You can contact us by calling 480-857-0455. We would like to help you in your newfound faith and give you the tools to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. If you have further questions about what God’s message means, please let us know as well.