Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Get a New Life!
God's got a solution ~ Jesus Christ. Crucified.
The Bible says it this way:
Since God cannot be other than holy and just (for He cannot deny His essential nature), He must act out of His holiness and exact justice against sin. Your sin. Everyone's sin. But God's essential nature also includes His love and mercy. Listen to what God says:
"As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people.
How can Jesus' death on the cross
In a supreme act of love, God became a man-- incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. Taking on human form, Jesus was subject to all the evil and temptations of this world. But unlike the first man, Adam, Jesus was perfectly obedient to His Father God. He did not sin. (He did not have a sin nature, because he did not have a human father. His was an immaculate conception by the Virgin Mary, according to the Scriptures.)
Isn't there any other solution for sin?
Nope. That's impossible. You might try. Some of the time you might succeed, at least outwardly. But God sees our hearts. He knows our motives. We can do the right thing for the wrong reason. The Bible says none of us seek to please God. We always put our own agendas and our own pleasures first. The point of the moral Law God gave in the form of the Ten Commandments was to show us how imperfect we are. To show us our need for a Savior. A deliverer. The Bible says: "If the law could have given us new life, we could have been made right by obeying it. But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin, so the only way to receive God's promise is to believe in Jesus Christ." (Galatians 3:21b-22 NLT)
The Bible offers the only hope:
The question is: do you want one? Do you want more than your present life that ends in death? Do you hunger for a life that has meaning and purpose the way God designed it to be? Do you want to be at peace with God, at peace with yourself, at peace with others? Then here's what the Bible says you have to do:
CONFESS YOUR SINS.
BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST.
RECEIVE GOD'S GIFT OF NEW LIFE BY FAITH.
You don't have to use fancy words, or try to impress God when you talk with him. That's what praying is all about. Telling God honestly and simply what's on your heart and mind. So go ahead! Tell God you're sorry for your sins. That you want to trust Jesus' death on the cross to save you, and that you want a new life in Christ.
If you did that...
Listen to what the Bible has to say to you through the great Apostle Paul:
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. We hated others, and they hated us.