Creatively Christian

Some Great News: The gospel of Christ

God is holy and perfect; the Bible says “Be holy, because I  am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Because God is perfect, He cannot allow men into his  presence in heaven unless we are perfect. In fact, the Bible says, “Be perfect,  therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

Now, I’m not perfect and neither are you. The Bible says  that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  Basically, we sin whenever we break the Lord’s commands.

Not sure if you have  broken the Lord’s commands? Check out the Ten Commandments:

  • Have you ever made something,  such as money, pleasure, or yourself, more important than God? Then you are  guilty of idolatry.
  • Have you ever told a lie? Then you are a liar.
  • Have you  ever taken something that was not yours, even supplies from the office or your  boss’s time? Then God considers you to be a thief.
  • Have you ever looked at  someone lustfully? Then God sees you as an adulterer.
  • Have you ever been angry  enough to curse someone in your heart? Then God sees you as a murdered.

The  list could go on, but I’ll stop here. If you are honest, then you have  identified sin in your life after reading God’s commands. If you do not  consider yourself to be a sinner, then you are not being honest, and that is a  sin.

Consider this: if you broke a law  such as driving while drunk or stealing, you would expect to be sentenced by a  judge and punished. In the same way, because God is just, He has to punish sin.  The Bible says that “those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus will be  punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the  Lord.” (2 Thess. 1:8)  The Bible also  says that we deserve death for our sins, but God’s gift is eternal life through  His son Jesus.

As you can see, God is just. He is also loving. In fact, “For  God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes  in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus, the Son of  God, was with God from the beginning and IS God. (John 1:1) He fulfilled many  prophecies that were written about Him as He lived on earth and never sinned.  Because He was God and never sinned, He had the power to take our sins on  Himself and die to pay the penalty for sin. After he died, he came  back to life to prove that He is God and that He has the power to give us life. “Salvation is found  in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which men must be  saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Jesus offers us His salvation. He says, “Here I am! I stand  at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come  in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20) His salvation is a  free gift that we do not deserve and cannot earn. This is grace.  The Bible says, “For it is by grace you have  been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of  God not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

If you want to  accept the gift of salvation, you need to “confess with your mouth, “Jesus is  Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be  saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is  with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 3:20)  When we are saved, we are washed clean of our  sins by Jesus’ blood. By Christ’s sacrifice we are made acceptable in God’s sight.  In fact, the Bible says that “For  by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”  (Hebrews 10:14)

If you have received salvation, then you are a new creation-  the old nature is gone and the Holy Spirit has come into your life. The Bible  says that Jesus died so that “they who live might no longer live for themselves  but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” (2 Cor 5:15) We are freed  from sin and given the freedom and ability to please and love God. The Bible  says that “we know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” (1  John 2:3) The Lord speaks through the Bible and through prayer- I would  strongly encourage you to talk to God and read the Bible to see what God has to  say to you.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk about this, you can email me at creativelychristian@yahoo.com

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