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 firstname.lastname@example.org