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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherin ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: “ (King James Version, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10). A man was standing at the top of a hill watching a sheep standing on the hill. The hill was covered with beautiful green grass, and the man noticed how white the sheep looked compared to the grass. All of a sudden is started to snow. And very quickly, the entire hill was covered with fresh white snow. The man looked at the sheep still standing on the hill and he noticed how dirty the sheep looked compared to the fresh white snow. This little story illustrates how our perspective on cleanness changes depending on what we are comparing an object to. When we compare people with other people, some people look pretty good. But when we compare people with the holiness of God, we all fall short. According to God’s standards, not man’s, there is no one who is righteous!
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23). All people sin! There is not a single person who has ever lived, except for the Lord Jesus Christ, who has never sinned. We all have broken God’s law and continue to break God’s law on a daily basis.
“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). People are born sinners and separated from God. Some people believe that we are born innocent and pure, but this is not what the Bible teaches. Our sin nature and state of spiritual death are inherited. Jesus had no earthly father, so a sin nature was never passed down to him. He is the only exception to the rule. We were all born spiritually dead and separated from God.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). As the supreme Judge of the universe, God must punish sin. And the penalty for sin is eternal spiritual death and separation from God. This does not mean a cessation of existence; this is eternal conscious torment in fire. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
“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 provided a way for us to come back to him. He sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus, into the world as a human. Jesus lived a perfect life, and then he died on a cross for our sins. This is not the end of the story. After his crucifixion, 3 days later, the Lord Jesus rose from the dead. “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16,17).
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10) The way to salvation is not complicated. We are not saved by doing good deeds. We are saved when we believe that Jesus, who was and is God Himself, died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and then rose again from the dead. We are drawn by God’s Spirit into this truth, and when a proclamation of faith is made, we are saved. We are born again, and this means that God gives us a new spirit and places his Spirit inside of us.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13) There is no one so evil that he cannot be saved. It does not matter what you have done, God can save you!
Follow the “Roman Road” to God. It leads to salvation and everlasting life. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).