Recently, a news article portrayed the horrific story of a mother who turned on her own children, and committed a horrible act toward them. The details are shocking to anyone who has experienced the joy of bringing a child into the world. Such articles produce questions that are hardly answered, and I wonder, ‘Did she think about the con-sequences?’
When we first turn to Romans, we are presented with a similar picture of sinful humanity: men given up to uncleanness due to the lusts of their own hearts; men who change the truth of God into a lie; men who know God, but do not glorify Him as God; men who defile themselves and those around them (Rom 1:21-32). It’s a chilling list, regaling the hardness of men’s hearts toward God.
Do we consider the consequences of sin? In chapter 6, Paul writes, “the wages (consequence) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life” (v. 23). With tender compassion like a loving parent, God saw our troubled situation and sent his son, Jesus, to take the full penalty of our sins upon Himself. That is why He died on the cross – so we wouldn’t have to.
What may surprise some, however, is found in verse 20 of chapter 3. He says, “by [doing] the deeds of the law … shall no flesh be justified in His sight”. Those who do what is good and right are not considered to be any better, in God’s eyes, than those who willfully commit sin – “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
It is natural for us to try to offer God our good deeds – rather than relying on God’s Good Deed – as payment for our sin. But the Bible states, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Romans 5 tells us that “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 1). It is by faith in what Jesus did for us, and not by our works, that we can enjoy peace with God.
If you have never accepted the gift God has offered to you, what is keeping you from calling out to God today? The Bible promises that “[whoever] shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13, emphasis added).
Salvation is a gift, prepaid by Jesus on the cross, offered without cost to you. You only need to ask Him:
“Lord, will you save me from the consequence of my sin?”
-From the August 2015 Helmers Street Herald
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
If you believe on Jesus, you have everlasting life, if you do not believe on Jesus, you will not see everlasting life. Rather, God’s punishment for sin will fall on you. Such a small thing, to believe. And yet such a huge thing, to believe. Will you believe on Jesus today? Will you place your trust in Him? It’s the most valuable thing you can ever do, believing on Jesus. Please do it today!
“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:” John 1:12
Adopted into the family of God! And you simply have to receive him by believing in him. Humanly, it takes the power of a court to complete an adoption. Spiritually, it takes the power of God, which he willingly uses whenever a little one, a young person, or an adult truly believes in Him and receives him. Won’t you believe and receive Jesus today?
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Second Corinthians 5:21
What you think of Jesus is all important. He is the only person who has ever lived who never knew sin. And because of that, he was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He suffered for the sins of the world as if He had committed them all. Why? so that, just as He was made sin, we might be made righteous. The only way for sinful people like us to be made righteous is ‘in Him’. Won’t you accept His sacrifice for your sins today?
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God.” First Peter 3:18a
Since he was just, since he was perfect, he only had to die once to bear the sins of the whole unjust world. And why did he do it? ‘so that He might bring us to God’. Being unjust separates us from God, but Jesus died for us so that he might bring us to God. What a wonderful thought, that in the company of Jesus we can have our sins washed away and have peace with God. Truly, there is no other way.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” Titus 3:5.
Mercy is something extended to someone who doesn’t deserve it. We don’t deserve salvation, our works of righteousness are not good enough. Regardless, he extends his mercy to us and offers us salvation out of the goodness of his heart. Will you not trust in his mercy today?
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
There are so many ideas as to how to get to heaven. But the original words of God from the Bible are still true. There is only one name, only one person who can save us, and he is the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect, spotless Lamb of God, who took on himself all our sins, and offers us freely eternal life. Will you believe and be saved today?
“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.” Habakkuk 6:3
God cannot behold or look on evil or iniquity. When we consider that we have done wrongly, that we are guilty of evil and participants in iniquity, the question naturally arises, “How can he behold us? How can he look on us?” The answer is that in his Son, the perfect Lamb of God, on whom all our guilt was laid, he looks at us as he looks upon the Lord Jesus, as pure and clean because Jesus is our substitute.
As Jesus hung on the cross, the guilty weight of all our sin on him, God looked away from him. The pain of the loss of God’s approval as Jesus took our sin on himself was so great that Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”. He suffered for you so that you would believe on him, and so that God would find you acceptable in his sight. Will you believe on Jesus today?
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3
God is holy. So holy that sin cannot exist without his doing something about it. Since he is holy, sin has to be punished. Since he is loving, he was willing to punish his son Jesus for our sin instead of us. All he asks is that we put our trust in him.
Look around at the created world. You will find evidence of God everywhere. He is revealing himself to you so that you will trust him.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
There is only one way to heaven, and that is God’s way. Men and women have made up very many ways to get to heaven, but not one of them will work. All of them are ‘the ways of death’. None of them will take you to heaven. Man’s ways are many and complicated. God’s one way is simple.
Don’t trust your own heart, don’t trust other people’s logic. Do trust God and seek out the Bible way of salvation.