The Sinfulness of Man and God's Remedy
Adam was the first man that ever lived, he was made perfect in every way. God gave him a will of his own, to choose good or evil. He chose evil, and disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit, and he became a sinner. And this sin nature has passed on down through the human race ever since, so that we are all born sinners and away from God. In Romans 5:I2 we read, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
Romans 3:I0-I2 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God… there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Jeremiah I7:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Proverbs I4:I2 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
It seems the normal thing to think, if I live a good life, be honest, and do all the good I can, I will earn my way into heaven. But not so. Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”
WE ARE HELPLESS TO SAVE OURSELVES
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace (the love and favour of God) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” We must be saved through faith, then we do our good works.
SIN MUST BE PUNISHED
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…” Someone had to die. John 3:I6 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because of God’s great love, Jesus Christ (God’s only Son) took our punishment, and paid the price for our salvation, and died in our place. What was the price? He gave not only His life, but His blood also. I Peter I:I8-I9 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold… but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” We see the blood of a lamb sacrificed all through the Bible. That is why Jesus is called “The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John I:29 Jesus gave His life willingly on the cross. John I0:I7-I8 “Therefore doth My Father love me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.” (That I might take it again. This is referring to His resurrection.)
GOD HAS DONE ALL HE CAN IN PROVIDING A SAVIOUR TO SAVE US FROM A LOST ETERNITY
Our part is to obey and accept His great salvation. John 3:3 and 6 Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” How can these things be? We must first realize that we are sinners and need help. This is conviction, the work of the Holy Spirit.
REPENT AND CONFESS OUR SINS
Jesus said, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick; I came not to call the righteous, (self righteous) but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 I John I:8-9 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
BY FAITH BELIEVE
Hebrews II:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
We notice He not only knocks at the door of our hearts, but He also calls, and we must open the door from the inside. We must do this willingly, He will never force us to. Sometimes He may have to call a long time before we will open the door. John I:II-12 “He came unto His own, (the Jews) and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”
ACCEPT THE SAVIOUR
Believing, all this sincerely, and having confessed our sins to God, we can now claim Jesus as our personal Saviour. His Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, and we are “born again”, a spiritual birth, and we are now in the family of God. We can rightly say, Our Heavenly Father. II Corinthians 5:I7 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
Romans 8:I6 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” I John 5:I3 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” Romans 8:I “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” And the great joy we have in our hearts to know that all is well between my soul and the Saviour.
Romans I0:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Matthew I0:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Then again we read in Psalm I07:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
HOW TO KEEP UP OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
As we feed our bodies to stay alive, we must also feed our souls. By reading and studying God’s Word, (the Bible), by prayer, by attending a church that preaches salvation, and having fellowship with God’s people. There are many ways to keep up our spiritual life. We call this “growing in grace.” Romans I2:I-2 “I beseeth you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Matthew 26:4I “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.”
Watch and pray. We must remember Satan, the enemy of our souls, will do everything he can to keep us in his way.
We think of the apostle Peter when he says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:8
The saying is, “The devil never bothers his own, it is always the Christian that he is after.” Temptation is not sin. It is only when we yield to do something that we know is wrong, that we sin. We get conviction, and come back to God, and ask His forgiveness. We make many mistakes, but God knows our hearts.
We are told that Jesus “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:I5
If you are not saved I plead with you to think seriously about the need of your soul. It says, “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6
There may be a time when He may not be found if you put off salvation too long and go out into eternity without God.
If you were to die today, where would your soul be?