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December 19, 2013
By Pastor Robbie Weems
Clearview Baptist Church, Pinson
The Barna Research Group did a survey on eternal life that found “[78 percent] of the population believe that it is possible for someone to earn their way into Heaven through good behavior” (March 6, 2009). Is it true that we can be good enough to get to heaven? God’s Word states, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Not only do we not meet God’s holy and perfect standards for salvation, but most of the time we do not live up to our own expectations. What is the answer to this bad news?
Jesus is the most important figure in all of human history. He is God in flesh (John 1:14), physically risen from the dead, Lord and Savior. He came to die for sinners (Rom. 5:8) to remove the separation between God and sinners and to remove the wrath of God upon us. The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That means your sins have caused a separation between you and God (Isa. 59:2) and the result is death (Rom. 6:23) and wrath (Eph. 2:3). The only way out is to be saved by faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8–9). You must trust in what Jesus did on the cross to forgive you of your sins and not trust anything else, not even your own sincerity or works.
If you are not a Christian and want to be delivered from the consequence of your sin, which is damnation, then come to the One who loves you. Come to the One who died for sinners. Turn from your sin and believe on the Lord Jesus.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”