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How Do I Know Which Way to Go?
That is a really good question that a lot of people ask. Unfortunately, there are many voices and few with answers. Thankfully there are answers...real answers. Before we find the answers we need to understand some things first.
Man is a Sinner
What does that mean? It means in the eyes of God all of us have broken His law and are guilty before Him.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
God has clearly taught us in His Word that ALL have sinned. Sin is any disobedience to God’s commands. At one time or another, we have all chosen to disobey God.
There is a Penalty for Sin
“For all have sinned, and “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
All crime must be punished and a crime against God is no different. God is holy and just and must punish sin. The payment for your sin is eternal death and separation from God in Hell. Hell is the fate of all who have not accepted Christ as personal Savior.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36.
Jesus Christ has Taken the Punishment for Our Sin
“For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21
Jesus Christ became your sin, and all of God’s wrath and punishment was taken by Jesus in an act of love for you! By Jesus accepting our punishment for sin on the Cross, you have the choice to exchange your sin for His righteousness.
Jesus Rose from the Dead, Showing His Payment was Accepted
“For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be the Lord both of the dead and the
living. Romans 14:9
Although Christ died on the cross of Calvary paying for your sin, His death was not the end of His ministry for man. Jesus was taken from the Cross and placed in a tomb, but on the third day, He
rose from the dead; showing His power and authority over sin, death, and hell.
Will You Repent and Accept Him Today?
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21
Knowing for sure that your sins are forgiven and you know are rightly related to God is very simple but require not just head knowledge of the facts but personally accepting what you are and what you deserve. It begins with repentance. What is repentance? It means that I have a change of mind about my sin and my life apart from God. I realize I am a sinner and I am willing to turn whole-heartedly to God, forsaking all my personal efforts to try and be right with God apart from Christ and turning from my own way of living apart from God.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10.
The next part of salvation is trusting that when Jesus Christ died He died in my place. In our country, we have to accept the punishment for our own crime but God will allow a substitute who can be punished in our place. When you trust Christ as Savior you are no longer trusting good works, religion, being a good person or anything else to make you right with God. You are saying that you are a guilty sinner who deserves punishment and that you now believe that when Jesus died He was taking your punishment .
Perhaps a simple prayer to accept God's gift would be something like this...
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and as such I deserve Hell. I believe you sent your Son to die on the cross, pay for the penalty for my sin. I believe He was buried and He rose again the third day. I am placing my faith and trust in Jesus alone to forgive my sin and give me the gift of eternal life. Thank you for saving me, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.”
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