Do you have a relationship with God through Christ Jesus?
1) Agree with God that you have done wrong. Romans 3:10-12, 18, 23
2) Be willing to change your attitude toward God and live your life for Him. Question – Are you willing to allow Christ Jesus to change you from the inside out? Mark 7:20-23, 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, Acts 3:19
3) Call on Christ Jesus as your personal Savior. (Talking to God the way you would talk to someone you have wronged and now must ask for help.)
Many people know about Jesus without really knowing Him personally. Many people say they know National Champions but the truth is they have only heard things about them. They don’t really have a personal relationship with them. Christianity is about a relationship with the living God not about religion and rules.
The fact is – that all of us have sinned, maybe through ignoring or rejecting the invitation of God to come to Him through relying on what His one and only Son, Christ Jesus did by dying on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. We have chosen to do our own thing, our own way, without acknowledging the One who created us and therefore the One we belong to. God said it plainly, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 and “No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God” Romans 3:11 and “They have no fear of God at all” Romans 3:18.
Because we refuse and reject the invitation to come to Christ Jesus, we are disobedient and are under the punishment of eternal separation from God. “God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness” Romans 1:18 and “They traded the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen” Romans 1:25 and “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23.
Though we are in debt to God because of our sin, Christ Jesus paid the debt for us completely and totally for all who would rely on Him as their personal Savior and Lord. “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His own blood…” Romans 3:24-25.
This is the “Good News” of the gospel that “…Christ Jesus died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Christ Jesus died to pay for our sins but rose from the grave being the only Savior able to overcome death. We are to place our complete faith, trust, dependence, and reliance on the fact that Christ Jesus’ death on the cross was the full payment for our own personal debt of sin. Christ Jesus’ sacrifice for us was not a down payment, not a partial payment but a complete, total paid in full payment for our sins. “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit” 1 Peter 3:18.
This is true freedom, the freedom from the debt of sin! Do you have this freedom?
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