You may hear Christians saying something about being saved. Saved from what you may ask. That is the greatest question you will ask and the answer has eternal consequences. To be saved simply means, to be removed from under God’s wrath. God is angry with sin (missing His mark) and will judge everyone because of it. His judgment isn’t temporal like ours. It is eternal and it is eternal separation and suffering in a place He created called the Lake of Fire.
God is Holy
To be holy means to be a cut above. God isn’t a glorified man, it is immeasurable how high above He is from His creation. God created man for the purpose of worshipping Him and in Genesis 3 man jacked this up. Sin entered into the world and because God is Holy He can have no part with the sinner. He demands perfection and we were created in perfection but relinquished this perfection through the first man namely Adam.
Men are sinners
The bible says in Romans 3 that all of mankind are sinners. In Romans 5; the bible makes clear that we are BORN into sin (yes even those pretty babies). The bible says in Genesis 6:5 that our every intent is wicked so there is nothing inherently good about us. As a matter of fact we would be utterly wicked if it were not for God’s common grace. In Jeremiah 17:9 we are told that our hearts are even wicked. So man at his best is as a filthy garment as stated in Isaiah 64.
In Romans 6:23 it is stated that the payment for our sin is death. This is referring to both physical and spiritual death. God is a just God and because of His holiness and Justice we must pay the penalty in full. There is no way around this. God would be unjust to overlook our sin and the only payment that a sinner can offer up is total separation from God for all eternity. God created a place for the Devil and his angels, called the lake of fire and every person born is headed there. Our wickedness and rebellion deserves a righteous punishment.
God in His great mercy, based off of his own Sovereign will, made a way of escape for us. Because death is the only payment, God sent his only Son (born of the Holy Spirit through the Virgin named Mary), whom we call Jesus into the world. This was voluntary on the part of the Son because of His great love for us. Jesus Christ told the Father that He would pay the penalty of death for all who are being saved. His purpose on earth was to come, live a perfect life but to be punished as if he were the most infamous and heinous sinner the world had ever seen. This was the only possible means for mankind to have a relationship with God (Acts 2, 2 Corinthians 5, John 3, 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 3-6). Without Christ taking this task on, man would be forever lost and forever damned! Jesus was mocked, beat, and hung on a cross for our sins.
The greatest miracle ever performed was not the Red Sea, Noah’s Ark, or even the Creation. The greatest miracle is that Jesus rose from the dead. He did not raise a spiritual being but he had a glorified body that is a mystery to us today. Jesus conquered death by becoming alive. This is where our hope is to lie, not in healings, money, or any other miracle.
Our responsibility is simple. We are to trust what the Son did apart from our own religious works. This is simply done by receiving Him (John 1:13, John 5:24, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16-17). Christ paid the full penalty to the Father and is the only acceptable sacrifice and payment for sin (Heb 9:11-28). We are to put our faith in him (Ephesians 2:8-9). We can add nothing to what Jesus accomplished. No religious works will do and we can’t bypass His work either. God is clear when he says in Acts 4:12 that there is no other name given. In 1 Timothy 2:5 it is clear that Jesus is the only mediator and Jesus himself says in John 14:6 that he is the only way.
The resurrection is promised to us also. We are given the opportunity to live forever in perfect harmony with the Trinune God (Revelation 7:9-13). We will not have the hinderance of Sin to cloud our view (1 Corinthians 13:12). We no longer have to face God as a judge but we can call him Father (Galatians 4:1-6). We will be counted righteous though we are still sinners. This is a wonderful promise
In conclusion this is a cliff not version of God’s redemptive plan. If this has cut (convicted) your heart go to a good church, or give me a call (my contact number is below). Without this truth you will perish for eternity. God has done something no other god has done, He steps down in the person of Jesus Christ ( Philippians 2, Colossians 1) and reconciles sinners to Himself (2 Corinthians 5, Romans 5:8). He not only declares us righteous he also give us His Holy Spirit to indwell us, guide us, convict us, seal us, and teach us (John 15-16, Ephesians 1:13). This is the Good News. God dies for sinners so that we can have a relationship with Him. Once again the only thing left for the sinner (that is you and me) to do is to receive Christ (John 1:13).