For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek – ROMANS 1:16
Have you been reconciled to God? We do not often ask ourselves this question because we perhaps do not think we need this reconciliation. Surely we are not as bad as the murderer? Surely God is ok with me trying to live a good moral life?
Unfortunately living a good moral life isn’t enough because of our sin. The Bible tells us that “none are righteous” (Rom 3:10), that we “all have sinned” (Rom 3:23), and that “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Is 64:6). Your sins therefore “have made a separation between you and your God” (Isa 59:2) and the ultimate consequence of sin is death because “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23).
How then can we avoid this death? Or, asked differently, how can we have eternal life with God and experience the “fullness of joy” found only in His presence (Ps 16:11)?
The answer is only found in Jesus Christ. Unlike all of us, Jesus “committed no sin” (1 Pt 2:22), therefore He alone is perfectly righteous. Not only did Jesus live the righteous life intended for us, but “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). In dying for the sins of His people, Jesus paid for the wages of sin.
Death however could not hold Jesus. “Christ was raised from the dead” so that “we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). That’s why Jesus boldly declared himself to be “the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11:25). The Bible therefore tells us that “Whoever has the Son has life” but “whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 Jn 5:12).
To take hold of this promise of life we need to be united to Jesus by faith. The Bible tells us “whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (Jn 3:36). Not only must we believe in Jesus, but we must turn away from the sin that separates us from God. The Bible tells us that you “must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:11).
Will you believe in the Gospel of the Jesus? Will you turn from sin? Will you be reconciled to God and find life in Christ? For help with these vital questions please visit our church or write to us. We would love to help you with the journey of being saved from sin, being made right with God, and enjoying fullness of joy in His presence.