The wonderful gift

If you have been reading this blog you may have read about the abundant life that Christians enjoy. If you are not a Christian, I would like you to tell you about what God has done for you, and the choice you must make as a result.

Several thousand years ago, God made humans for his own pleasure. He placed them in a perfect environment and gave them freedom to do whatever they chose, except one thing. Man decided to rebel against God and pridefully lift himself up by doing the one thing God had forbidden.

The rebellion against God (sin) had a consequence. That consequence was death. But death did not just come on that one man, but on the whole human race. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12

As a result, every human is born dead spiritually, and is destined to die physically.

But thankfully, history does not leave us at death. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 God loved us so much, that He sent His son, God Himself, to die in our place. Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son, took on the sins of the whole world.  He came to earth, lived a perfect human life, and died at the hands of the ones He came to save.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Christ rose again. “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” Romans 6:9 Christ has risen, and He will return to judge the world.

You are going to die someday.

  • If you have not accepted Christ’s payment, you will spend the rest of eternity separated from God, living in eternal death. The eternal death you experience will be in a place of fiery torment called Hell.
  • If you have accepted His payment, you will live for eternity in fellowship with your Creator.

If you want to continue to live at war with God who died for you and to spit in the face of the One who loves you, you can reject Christ’s death.

If you want to live with Christ eternally, the steps you must take are very simple.

  1. Know that you have committed sin.
  2. Repent and turn from your sin.
  3. Believe that Christ, who is God, has taken the punishment for your sin.

Most people pray a prayer when they have made their decision to follow Christ. If you have made a sincere decision to follow God and accept his sacrifice for you, I would encourage you to pray a prayer of repentance. Tell God how you have realized your wrong lifestyle, thank Him for His gift of His son and then ask Him to change you. Understand, there are no magic words you must say or specific rituals you must go through. The prayer you pray is a result of your belief. The belief is what saves, not the prayer.

There is one more crucial thing you must know. Just because you are saved, does not mean that you will never do another wrong thing again. You will sin again. You do not need to “get saved” again. Christ died once and for all. He has paid for all the sins in your past, and all the sins in your future. Your responsibility is to confess your sins to Him, turn from them, and know that He has covered them. As you mature and grow, you will gain victory over many sins, and God will show you others to conquer. If you look at your life and count every sin, the task before you may seem insurmountable, but take heart!

“For it is God which worketh in you both do will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

In short, God will give you the desire and ability to change. He will continue to work in you, as you allow Him.

If you have been recently saved, I would like to encourage you to get a Bible and begin reading it. Ask God to teach you out of His Word. He will. Also, ask God to show you the church He would have you become a part of.

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