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.
We Have A Penalty For Our Sin
“For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a)
The word wages means what is earned. This means that since we have all sinned, we all earn death by our actions. There are two deaths mentioned in the Bible.
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14- I5)
The two deaths that are mentioned are physical death and spiritual death. Since we have all sinned, we deserve both. Sin cannot be allowed to enter Heaven and our sin is what is keeping us from going to Heaven. Heaven is a perfect place and since we are not perfect people, we do not deserve to go to Heaven.
Jesus Paid The Penalty For Us
“But God commendeth His love toward us in that while late were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Jesus Christ is God the Son. 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
“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, then with your heartsay 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!