God left us here to tell people that there’s a way in which all their sins can be forgiven forever.
The Gospel: God Forgives Sin!
When we witness or share the Gospel, we go around and tell people, “God will forgive all your sins. Are you interested?”
Heaven is a place of perfect holiness, and Hebrews 12:23 says that only the perfect go to Heaven.
Religion is the way of human achievement. It gives a way for people to perfect themselves by doing good works. All of the world’s religions have one thing in common: they are all human achievement-based.
Revelation (or God’s Word) is the way of Divine Accomplishment. It offers free and unmerited justification by the once-and-for-all time death of a perfect substitute. By simply falling humbly before God, repentantly confessing my sinfulness and helplessness to ever save myself, I can have the free gift of everlasting forgiveness and life. Only the Bible presents the way of salvation, religions never can.
So all of us have a dilemma, we have all sinned (Romans 3:23). We all are thus infected with what I like to call:
The S-I-N Virus
The Bible makes it clear that all people are sinners by nature and by action.
The most deadly virus is not the HIV Virus, it’s the SIN virus. The HIV Virus kills everyone it affects and so does the SIN virus. However, there is no cure for the HIV Virus, but there is a cure for the SIN virus. And God Himself has provided the cure.
Open your Bible to 2 Corinthians 5:19. How does God save us? By:
The Act of Justification
God who was in Christ, verse 19, reconciling the world to Himself, did it this way. Verse 19, by not counting their what? Trespasses against them. That’s how He did it. So that’s justification. He declared them righteous.
It doesn’t say He doesn’t know about them, He does. It doesn’t say they aren’t there, they are. “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account,” Romans 4 says.
So, the only way that God can do this, His plan, is if He forgives you and never holds your sins against you. Fully forgiven and you’re declared to be righteous the instant of salvation. That is the Good News.
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