Most people answer: Yes. It's easy to figure out if you are a good person by asking a few simple questions.
1. How many lies have
Most people answer: To pay for our sins. That is true. Jesus took our place as our Substitute, dying as us for us so that we can be saved. All the wrath of God against our sins was poured out on Jesus when He died for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserved and God accepted the payment Jesus made for our sins. To get saved, you need to repent of your sins and receive Jesus as your Savior. Here's the truth we have so far.
1. All of us are sinners. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23.
2. All of us think we're good people in spite of being sinners. "There is none who does good, no, not one."
3. All of us hope God will be merciful and excuse our sins. "God be merciful to me, a sinner."
4. It's human to think we can get to heaven by being good and doing our best but: "Man at his best state is altogether vanity."
5. That's where Jesus comes in. He gave us the Ten Commandments to show us that doing our best is not good enough. "The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
6. The law of God, the Ten Commandments, was our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ so we can be saved. The Ten Commandments lead us to Christ by pointing out that we cannot keep ten simple little rules. "For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight."
7. Once we see that we cannot keep the Ten Commandments, we see the beauty of God's plan. God sent Jesus to die in our place, as our Substitute, to pay for our sins because Jesus was not a sinner; He was God's perfect sacrifice. "Christ suffered for (our) sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God."
8. Then God accepted the payment Jesus made for our sins because Jesus' payment perfectly satisfied God's justice. Because our sins were paid for in full by Jesus, God now has a legal basis to forgive our sins.
9. When we trust Jesus as Savior, He saves us, forgives our sins and gives us a new life in Christ. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature...
Today, right now, it's time to
Father, I believe that you raised Jesus from the dead to prove that you accepted HIS payment for MY sins.
I open my heart and receive You as my Savior. Lord Jesus, help me live for you all the days of my life. Thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life. Amen."
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