The Gospel - Salvation
Are you a Good Person
From time to time people ask "What must I do to be saved?" Unfortunately in American Christianity the Gospel, i.e. the Good News, has been watered down so much its not even biblical. On top of that, people don't think they need to saved to begin with. So many poeple think they are 'good' and compare themselves to others instead of looking at God's word and using that as the standard we are to test against. Anyone can be good if they compare themselves to a mass murder or serial rapist. So lets look and see if we need salvation and then look at what God did for all mankind.
The Good person Test
The good person test asks a series of questions from God's word, His commandments, instructions and law to see what our condition is. Lets begin...
1. Have you ever told a lie? Even a white lie?
2. Ever stolen anything regardless of value?
3. Ever committed adultery? Remember Yeshua/Jesus said that if you just look at someone with lust you committed adultery in your heart.
4. Have you ever used God's name in vain or used it as a curse word?
If you "Yes" to these questions, by your own admission your a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart, who blasphemes God and we only looked at four of the Ten Commandments. If you died today and God judged you by the Ten Commandments would you be innocent or guilty? If you answered honestly you know that you would be guilty (along with everyone else).
Now you might be saying "But God won't send me to Hell..."
What is the Good News? What is the Bad News?
Search the scriptures and His truth for Life!
God won't punish me & the Bad News
The top 3 excuses why God won't judge people
1. God is love, He can't send people to Hell
2. God is forgiving; I'll just say "I'm Sorry"
3. I have done lots of good things in my life
Lets look how you would do in a courtroom on earth using the same excuses. Imagine you committed some crimes, you go to court and plead guilty (you just admitted it) and your crimes were caught on camera. By law you must pay the fine and go to prison, but you tell the judge the following...
"Judge, I don't have the money to pay fine and I can't do the time. I don't think you will send me to prison because you are loving and forgiving. I'm not as bad as a lot of other people and since then, I have done a lot of good things in my life. I donate to charities and help others. I'm really, really sorry. So you Honor, I don't think you will send me to prison."
Now here is what the Judge would say...
"Your right, I am good, loving and forgiving, but because I am all those things I must do what’s right and punish you. You say that other people are worse than you, but you are here for what YOU did wrong, and not what they did. As for being sorry, that does not excuse you from breaking the law, nor the punishment it carries."
Now if we expect justice here on earth, how much more will God uphold His laws on Judgment Day?
Now you might be saying "Gee this is really Bad News, is there any "Good News"?
Here is the Good News...
God doesn't want anyone to end up in 'prison' so He provided the way to get out. He sent His son, Yeshua/Jesus to take our place...
"God commended His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners (breaking God's law), Christ died for us." Yeshua died for your sins, then rose from the dead and defeated death. In other words He paid the fine and took the punishment that you and I so rightly deserve. Picture it this way (go back to the courtroom...).
You are sentenced and being led to prison when someone you don't even know steps up to the judge and pays your fine and will take your punishment on Himself. How would that make you feel? Grateful and relieved. Well that is exactly what Yeshua did for you; He paid your fine & took your punishment when could not. According the law, you can go free, but there is you must make...
What must I do to be Saved?
The bible says in order to get God's forgiveness you must repent (turn from you sin because it offends God), confess your sins to God, believe and put your trust in Yeshua (Jesus Christ). Many people don't understand what that means, so I will try to explain. We are to put on a parachute and jump out of the plane. If you were going to jump from a plane at 20,000 feet it wouldn't do any good to take a seat cushion, book or anything else. The only thing that will save you is a parachute. Of course we have to recognize that our life is no longer our own.
When we get God's forgiveness its not so we can continue living a life of sin, breaking His commandments/instructions, we are new person. We are not supposed to do the same things as we did before. Now this change comes from having a personal encounter with God. He changes our nature just - consider the nature of a caterpillar that crawls on the ground. In our encounter with God, He changes us and we become a butterfly. While we are still in this world our nature has changed. We can fly but we still have to be in this world and deal with things that are not of God. We will still be tempted to live the life we used to have but God and His word calls us to live a different life.
Please don't ignore God's manual and His instruction. Seriously consider what you have read because no one knows when they will die, and you might not have another chance.
If you do pray and repent, read your bible daily and obey what you read. God will give you peace and strength to go through any situation and He will never leave or forsake you.
Today is your chance to be truly free!
"Heaven and Earth will pass away but
My words will by no means pass away."
Jesus in Matthew 24:35