God's Plan for Salvation
"How can I find meaning and purpose in life?" is a common question and worth considering. So what is life all about---and how does that relate to God, me, and eternity?
ITS ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE. People didn't get here by some cosmic accident. At creation, God said "Let us make man in our own image" (Genesis 1:26) God created men and women and places us both here on the earth.
IT'S ABOUT WHY GOD PUT US HERE. God loved what He created and created us to truly know and enjoy Him. He loved us and wanted to live in fellowship with us. In the beginning, we lived in harmony and happiness with God and one another (Genesis 1:31).
IT'S ABOUT HOW WE RESPONDED. The first humans turned away from God---and fellowship with Him was broken. Now , all people are born with a sinful nature, and all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23). The consequence is we are separated from God and deserve punishment for our sins.
ITS ABOUT HOW GOD RESCUES US. Out of His deep love for us, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to rescue us by dying on the cross (John 3:16). By sacrificing His life on behalf of sinners, He took the punishment we deserve in order to provide salvation. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, confirming the work of Jesus on the cross and establishing His power over death.
IT'S ABOUT OUR RESPONSE. Jesus has paid the debt for all of our wrong doing, and we are called to turn from our sin and trust what He has done for us. God is very clear on how salvation can be ours. In Mark 1:15 Jesus says, "Repent and believe in the good news!"
God says we must repent: The word repent means a change of direction. This means when we turn to God, we are turning away from our sin and giving an attempt to make ourselves right before God.
God says we must believe:The word believe as it is used in the Bible means trust. The object of our trust is the One who paid the price for our wrongdoing. We must trust Jesus to remove our guilt and the penalty of all the wrongs we have done. The Bible says when we put our faith in Jesus, God takes our sins away and gives us the gift of eternal life.
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND? The Bible says that "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord" will be rescued (Romans 10:13). If you've not trusted in Christ as Lord and Savior, why not stop right now, turn from your sin, and believe in Him who can save you and give you new and eternal life?
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