Guys, we have some very good news for you.
In fact, this good news is the kind of news that every human needs to hear, know, and experience, as it is more important than anything else in life. For like bread (and water), it’s something you need. Actually, it’s every human’s spiritual need… just as bread is every human’s nurturing need.
However, before I tell you this good news, let me tell you a few other important things first.
The Bible says in Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23, respectively:
“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’”
“For all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.”
And this is true. Not only because the Bible says so. But because humans do nothing but sin. And sin is a great offense against the holy God. Sin has driven man away from having a wonderful and fulfilling relationship with God. Because of sin, man has become God’s enemy. As a result, man dramatically falls short of God’s glory.
Sure, some of you reading this might say I’m wrong and tell me that you’re not God’s enemy even if you commit a few sins every now and then. You might tell me that you are a good person with whom God is pleased. Or you might even tell me that you are a saint compared to many others. So how can God be offended by what you do? It’s not like you’ve killed somebody, right?
Well, if you honestly think you’re a good person, then ask yourself in what way(s) are you pleasing God? Have you always put God first in your life? Have you never hated anyone, stolen anything (regardless of its value), lied (even about minor matters), or looked at another man/woman with lust? Have you never failed to provide help to a person in need? Have you always shown respect to your parents? After asking yourself these questions and answering them to yourself, do you still think that you’re not offending God?
Consider what Revelation 21:8 says:
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Whoa! Hold on! Even cowards, unbelievers and liars are going to hell?
Yes. All sinners are condemned to hell. Whether a sinner sins in “small” ways or in “big” ways, a sinner is still a sinner in the eyes of the holy God and, according to God, what the sinner deserves is not heaven … but hell.
But what about all the good works I did for others? What about when I helped a friend in need? What about when I willingly donated some money to a poor family? Will God overlook the good things I did just because I’ve sinned?
The answer is in Isaiah 64:6:
“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.”
So as you can see, all the good works you like to mention are filthy to God, especially since you are in constant rebellion against God and His way. So how can you call your works good?
Imagine giving someone an apple while having filthy hands, keeping in mind that the apple was clean before you touched it. The apple, even though it was clean before you touched it, becomes filthy due to the filth on your hands, right? Would you still consider the apple to be clean?
And so also our works are filthy due to our sinful nature, no matter how “clean” our works seem to be.
God is holy and just. His holy nature demands that sin be punished and His just nature never breaks His own law. Therefore, all sinners are condemned to hell, and no sinner shall receive unjust mercy from God just because he/she thinks hell is not for him/her.
What hope is there for us sinners, then? What can we do to be saved? How can we please God?
The only way to please God is through one man. And the good news I wish to tell you is about this man.
His name is: JESUS CHRIST.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Do you know what Jesus Christ did for you so that you would have the opportunity to go to heaven instead of hell?
He died for you.
He – a sinless man – died on that cross just to pay the fine for every sin that you have committed. He gave up His flesh for your sake.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus, who is not just a man but also the Son of God, died for you because you are loved by God and because God wants you to be saved.
1 Timothy 2:3-4:
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Jesus Christ did not stay dead, by the way! He rose from the dead so that He may grant eternal life to every person who believes in Him … and have each believer be reconciled with God through Him.
This, my friends, is the Good News … the Gospel: that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead to give eternal life to every person who believes.
In other words, if you believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you will be saved and have eternal life … and every sin you’ve committed will be forgiven by God thanks to Jesus Christ. In this way, even though you, a sinner, deserve hell, God has given you a way out without Him going against His holy and just nature. God’s gift for you is eternal life through Jesus Christ!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If you realize you’re a sinner in need of salvation from God, and you wish to be saved, then put your faith now in Jesus Christ. Trust in Him for your salvation. Ask Him to save you from the punishment for your sins and allow Him to become the Lord of your life, and you shall be forgiven and become a new creature who rejects sin and glorifies God by the Holy Spirit who dwells in every person who, by faith in Jesus Christ, is separated from sinfulness to live in righteousness and holiness.
2 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ