Thursday, July 7, 2016
Another Gospel Appeal
What type of person would you need to be in order for God to accept you?
The bad news is this: the best we are doesn’t cut it (Isaiah 64:6). You can’t clean yourself up enough, you can’t polish your shoes shiny enough, nor can you save enough whales in order for God to forgive you bring you to Himself. I know you consider yourself a good person. At least not too bad. But the bible is clear: your heart is desperately sick, dead to the things of God, and not seeking to give God the glory due His name (Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:10-23).
But the good news is this: God accepts sinners in His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is our only hope of salvation. He lived a perfect life on this earth and then died to bear the just punishment due for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). He rose again in victory (Romans 4:25), and it is the duty of every man, woman, boy and girl to repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15). It is wonderfully freeing to realize there is nothing you can do to earn God’s love but that He has offered it fully and freely in Jesus for all who trust Him in faith. All terms have been met. All debts have been paid. All documents have been signed. All t's crossed. All i's dotted. It is finished. What is left for us to do is to look to Jesus in faith, turning from our sin and believing the gospel: the good news that God saves sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). No really. Quit attempting to satisfy God with vain works and rest all that you are in Jesus. Christ receives sinners who come to Him in faith.
And guess what? Those who come to Christ are not left in their sin! They are cleansed inwardly by the power of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), and set on the narrow way which leads to an eternity with Jesus (Matthew 7:13-14). He is our only suitable and all sufficient Savior (Acts 4:12). Will you trust Him today?