We usually think of sinners as people who do bad things. Actually, God says that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All includes you and me. If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that. So, what’s so bad about being a sinner? We get paid for sinning! Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death,” OUCH! Sin brings death? How can we escape that? The second part of that verse says, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Obviously everybody dies, right? Even Christians die, so what’s that all about? Those without Christ die physically and spiritually, spending eternity in a continual dying state of torment. But, those whose Lord is Christ Jesus will have eternal life. Our spirits will never die. When our earthly life is over and we shed this earth suit body, we will still be alive in Christ and spend eternity being more alive than we are on this earth.
The most amazing fact is that eternal life is a free gift! That’s right, you don’t have to do anything to earn it. In fact, Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Jesus paid the price by offering his own body up in our place of death. Then, he overcame death by rising from the dead and is in Heaven making intercession for us to the Father God.
You want to know what else is absolutely amazing? Those who trust in Christ for their eternal life begin to change, to be conformed to be more like Jesus. Some change very slowly, some very quickly. We begin to see life differently and to hate sin, therefore turn from it. Life in Christ Jesus is so tremendously better than life without him, that it’s impossible to put it into words, though I try often. Talk to God. He hears everything you say, so why not ask him to open your understanding and lead you to know him?
Want to know more? Read the Bible for yourself. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be so happy to answer all the questions I can about salvation and the life in Christ.
(all verses are taken from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible)
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