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Monday, May 23, 2011

Just in Case You Never Knew

Last week, I was talking to a friend who has grown up in the church all her life and was surprised to discover that she was completely unaware of the most beautiful truth of Christianity. I realized that perhaps some of you also might not know, and I thought I’d take a moment to share with you.

       You will all agree that everyone one of us has done bad things at some point. God is a perfect being, and our wrong doings (sins) separate us from God and from the hope of living in Heaven with him after we die. The problem now is that we must find a way to get rid of the sins (become righteous). This can only happen if we find forgiveness from God, and our sins must be completely “wiped off” of us. The only way sins can be wiped out is if someone perfect took our punishment for us.
(Ephesians 2:1-3)

     Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is fully God, and fully man. He came to earth to live a perfect life and to take our sins. Good news! He took the punishment for your sins. YOU ARE FORGIVEN! All you have to do is believe this and let Jesus take charge of your life. The book of Romans in the Bible says, “Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heat that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).” Once you do this, you become a Christian you are “saved;” your sins are forgiven. All of them. Forever. Period. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. The Bible says in the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 and 9, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one can boast.” In other words, because God had mercy on you, he allowed you to be saved, and all you have to do is trust Him and believe that you are forgiven.

Nothing you do will make you more or less saved. If you could do something to save yourself, you would have a right to boast.  No matter how big your sins are, A SIN IS A SIN, and they are all forgiven. Not just the sins that were made before Christ died or before you became saved. ALL YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN, even the ones you haven’t made yet. Hebrews 9:26 says, “He has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself.” The Bible is very clear when it says that salvation comes through Grace by faith alone (Heb 9:24-26; Heb 10:10,14; Eph 2:1-10; Rom 10:5-11; Acts 11:15; Rom 3:24; Rom 11:6; Rom 1:17; Gal 3:22….). The Bible also says that true faith ought to and will be accompanied by good deeds (James 2:26), but it never mentions formal confession and memorized prayers, and it never says that good deeds help to save you. You can’t try to outweigh your bad deeds by your good deeds; it doesn’t work that way. Actions don’t cancel each other out. You can’t “help” God to make you righteous.  You literally can do nothing to save yourself. Only God can. And He did! Sound simple? That’s because it is.

If you have questions, comments or you want to know more about how God can forgive you, don’t hesitate to email me breezie@becominggodlymaidens.com

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