Before I can share with you the wonderful, good, life-changing news, I must share with you the bad news. Do you consider yourself a good person? (You can take a test here). Perhaps you are good in your own eyes, but what about God’s view? God is our ultimate judge and it is vitally important to know what He says about us. An excellent way to see how you measure up is to look at the Ten Commandments. They can be found in Exodus 20.
God says that if we have broken any one of these commandments in the smallest way that it is the same as breaking them all. That means one small, “white” lie breaks the whole deal (James 2:10 – “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”). God requires perfection for anyone to obtain eternal life in Heaven. This is because He is perfect and holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. (Matthew 6:48 – Jesus speaks saying, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”) And just in case anyone does believe they are perfect and have kept the law perfectly, the Bible puts this myth to rest:
“As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;There is none who does good, no, not one.”
There is good news! There is mind-blowing, life-changing, amazingly wonderful good news. There has been ONE person that has perfectly kept the law. One man became an atoning sacrifice for the sins of His people. God the Father sent the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, to become man, live perfectly, and die on the Cross for His people. The Bible tells us the wages of sin equals death, so because Jesus had lived perfectly death could not hold Him! On the third day He rose from the grave and lives still today sitting at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.
- “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8″
- For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He rose again on the third day according the the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
- For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Corinthians 6:21
How do we get Christ’s righteousness applied to our hearts? We must come humbly before the Lord, confessing our sin, repenting of it, and turning to Christ by faith alone. By faith, making Him Lord of our lives. (Acts 8:22, Romans 10:9)
Please take time to watch this twelve minute video wherein Paul Washer explains the Gospel in glorious detail: