Many people think that they can somehow earn God’s acceptance. Some people think, “If I do more good deeds than bad deeds, then I’ll be alright.” Other people think, “I’m okay. There are plenty of people who live worse lives than I do.”
But the Bible tells us that none of us live up to God’s standard: absolute perfection. It says,
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Each of us has disobeyed God, either by doing things that we knew were wrong, or by failing to do things that we knew were right. The Bible calls this disobedience “sin.” God is holy and just, which means that He cannot simply ignore our sin. Our sin must be punished.
The Bible tells us that the punishment for sin is death, followed by eternal separation from God in Hell:
“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41-42).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God cannot simply ignore our sin, but He can forgive it. He offers this forgiveness as a free gift. But how? God offers us this forgiveness because His Son, Jesus Christ, came to Earth, lived a sinless life, and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
The Bible says,
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4).
When Jesus bled and died on the cross, He did it to pay the penalty that we owe for disobeying God. He died as our substitute and then He rose again from the dead!
Our sins are forgiven when we trust Christ alone as our Savior, and humbly ask God to forgive us because of what Christ did for us. Forgiveness comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, not through our good deeds, our church affiliation or attendance, or our family connections. The Bible says,
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:4-5).
Jesus’ disciples preached “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21), meaning that we agree with God that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and we trust Jesus Christ and what He did for us as the only way we can be forgiven.
And the same forgiveness that God offered through Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago is still available today!
The Bible tells us,
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. […] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9,13).
Would you like to experience that forgiveness and be saved today?
You must admit that you are a sinner, deserving of Hell, and in need of God’s forgiveness. Then, stop trusting in your own efforts, and instead trust Christ completely—and Him alone—to save you from your sins and to give you eternal life.
If you want to be saved, there are no ritual to perform and no set of magic words to repeat. Just believe what God has said, ask His forgiveness, and trust Jesus Christ to save you. You do not have to clean up your life first in order to repent and trust Christ; from the moment you truly trust Christ as your Savior, God will begin to change your heart and life.
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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” (I John 5:11-13).