Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Good News (How You Can Be #Saved)

How Can You Be Saved?

1 Corinthians 15

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

This news reveals several important truths. First, that Christ died for our sins, shows we are sinners. God is holy, and cannot tolerate anything which falls short of His character or will. The Bible teaches we inherited a sin nature when we were conceived, that God puts the sin of Adam
to our account, that we have all committed personal acts of sin, and that God has concluded we are all under sin. Nothing confirms we are sinners, who deserve eternal separation from God, like the fact Christ for our sins. 

Second, that Christ died for our sins, reveals death is the just penalty. The Bible teaches the wages of sin is death, which includes eternal separation from God, in the lake of fire. If Christ died for our sins, then that means the penalty we deserve is to die, and be separated from God. 

Finally, that Christ died for our sins, reveals that He paid our debt. There is nothing more that needs to be done to atone for our sins, since Christ has died for them. His death has satisfied God's righteous demands, and God has shown us He accepted this payment by raising Him from the dead.  

That is the good news of the gospel. Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead.

God applies the value of Christ's atonement to your account by grace, through faith in His death and resurrection alone, so that He alone will get glory for your salvation. Any attempt to work for your salvation, to pay for your own sins, or add something to Christ's finished work, is to reject God's free gift, and die in your sins.

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Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).

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