I’ve written about this before, but I think it bears repeating.
- Just because you call yourself a Christian, doesn’t mean you are one
- Just because you went to church as a kid or go to church now, doesn’t mean you have a relationship with Jesus now
- Just because your favorite smiling, television preacher says something, doesn’t make it true
It seems like we have forgotten who we were before Christ and the seriousness of our sin. There are a lot of people who claim to be Christians but have no idea what that means. They continue in their sin and make no attempt at becoming more like Christ. They have forgotten what Romans has to teach us about the matter. We are all in need of salvation.
We are all sinners.
Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
It doesn’t matter about your pedigree or lack thereof. You could be Mother Teresa or a murderer. You could be black or white. If you fit in the category of “all,” this verse applies to you.
No matter how good you think you are, you too are affected by sin.
Isaiah 64:6 states: All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No matter how good of a person I am, I still have sin living inside me. It is in my nature. Apart from God I can do nothing to change that. I can do my very best to please God with my actions, but it will never be enough. It is not that God is harsh, it is just that sin is that serious.
The wages of SIN is DEATH
Romans 6:23 states, for the wages of sin is death…
Have you ever heard anyone make the statement, “I can’t believe a loving God would send someone to hell.”
That is probably one of the main objections that people have to what the Bible says. After all, most people are decent people. They work hard, pay taxes, try to help people out, and are generally good folks.
It is hard for us to fathom, but our sin has less to do with our goodness and more to do with God’s holiness.
He is so holy that he cannot even bear to look at us in our sin. It is an affront to his nature.
Unfortunately there is only one penalty for sin and that is death. It is a death that takes two forms. The first is the physical death of the body. We are going downhill from the moment we arrive at our lives here. The consequences of sin demand that our physical bodies don’t last forever.
The second, and more tragic death is our spiritual death. Because we sinned we are separated from God. This separation will last an eternity. If you die without reconciling yourself to God, you will find yourself separated from God: this will literally be hell.
The free gift of God is eternal LIFE
But don’t lose hope, Romans 6:23 also states, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is the good news.
God loves us so much that he wants us to be with him. He doesn’t send anyone to hell; he allows them the freedom to choose.
God made a way for our salvation by providing his own Son as a payment for my sins.
He gave his Son for your sins as well.
When you accept what Jesus did for you on the cross, your sins are washed away. Now when God looks at you he doesn’t see those filthy rags that once covered you, he sees Jesus.
You are clothed with holiness and washed clean.
True Christianity bears fruit
This final part is what I believe separates so many people today from living a vibrant, life-changing walk with Jesus.
You see, a true Christian will bear the fruit of the one that offered salvation.
This fruit manifests itself in our lives.
Galatians 5:22-23 explains the fruit of the Spirit to us:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
When we accept the salvation that God freely offers us through his son, Jesus Christ, he gives us the ability to manifest this fruit in our lives.
Without him in our lives, this fruit may come from time to time, but it is fundamentally against our nature.
If you haven’t been living fully in the grace that God provides with his offer of salvation, I urge you to turn to him now.
I promise it is one gift you will never regret opening.