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 God's plan for salvation


 

 

          

    Then why would we ask such questions? It was to allow God to open your eyes to your sinfulness before Him. Doing it in a gentle manner allows your conscience to convict you, because only you know your sins. People have also said "I don't think God would care if I tell "a little lie, or steal something small", but God is Perfect, and Absolutely Holy. Any sin in His presence is rebellion; it is like saying to God "I think this is ok, why don't you?" It is elevating your standards above His. Consider this: If you lie to a child, there is usually no punishment; if you lie to your wife, you sleep on the couch; if you lie to a judge, you go to jail..... do you see how the punishment escalates by the authority of the person offended? God is Holy, above all else. He is all knowing (Omniscient) and knows your inner-most thoughts and deeds, and any sin offends His Holiness.

        God says the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). If God is a righteous God, He must punish sin, to not do so would make Him an unfair and unloving Judge. If someone stole your car and then wrecked it, and God said, "It's ok, he needed that car, and accidents happen, AND the thief does do a lot of good things- like helping little old ladies across the street, I am just going to overlook it-, besides, he even said he was sorry"- is that fair to you, the owner of the car? No, you would want justice. If God "let them off" without punishment, you wouldn't think He is a good judge, but a bad and unfair judge.

     So, if you are standing before God on judgement day, and He judges you by the 10 Commandments, would you be guilty or innocent? You would be guilty of multiple sins (even if you only committed 3 sins a day, over 20 years that would be 21,900 infractions). A Just God would then have to punish you, and the punishment is eternal hell. (Revelation 21:8). So in that court room with you standing before God, guilty, if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus- His death on the Cross to save you (not your own good works), Jesus can then step in and say "I have paid this person's fine" and God can then legally dismiss your case, letting you go, because your fine -death- has been paid by someone else, that being Jesus, the sinless Son of God.  That is why Jesus said on the cross, "It is finished", meaning the debt has been paid in full.

       




 

(Before we begin, you will see Bible references in parentheses. This is to give you a reference that what is said below is based entirely on Scripture, with no injection of our own individual thoughts or opinions. Please look up the references in your Bible.)

  (2 Corinthians 5:17) and God gives you a clean slate putting your sins "as far as the east is from the west".  This leads to repentance. Repentance is more than being sorry, it is also changing your direction/lifestyle . It is like you were going south, you realize you're going the wrong way, and you make an 180 degree turn and start heading north. 
        Then can you just walk away and do what you want like before? No, if God has truly changed  your heart, and you truly love God for forgiving you, you will find you have a desire to know Him, and follow Him. How do you get to know
Him, and what He wants you to do with your life? 



 

          
             The 'best news ever' is that God wants to make you righteous and holy before Him, BUT you must first recognize your sinfulness, and your need for His forgiveness. If God is doing a work in your heart and you recognize that your sin has separated you from God and your need for a Savior, pray to God and He will save you by putting your faith in His Son and what Jesus did for you on the cross. His work alone, not yours. When you have done this, the Bible says God makes you a "new person" 

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         Have you ever taken "a good person" test? Everyone likes to think they are a good person (even the hardest criminals). A good test to use would be the 10 Commandments found in the Bible. Have you ever stolen, lied, hated someone, used God's name in vain, or had lustful thoughts about another person? All of us have, and are therefore guilty of being a thief, a liar, a murderer (Matthew 5:21-22), a blasphemer (would you use your mother's name as a cuss word?), and an adulterer (Matthew 5:28). 

       You may ask "Haven't we all done at least some of these things?" The answer is "yes", and the Bible says "All have sinned..." (Romans 3:23).

   


 

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  God did not leave us stranded to figure it out on our own, God gave us His Word, the Bible. Better yet, when God saves us, we receive the Holy Spirit of God, who will help us turn from our sin, and open our eyes to his Word and the Truth therein. What is the test of true salvation? A changed heart and lifestyle. Christianity is more than just a religion. Philippians 2:13 says "for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good pleasure".



 

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