This message is to inform us how we may be able to have a personal relationship with God, eternal life in heaven, our sins forgiven, and our guilt taken away.
The first thing we must realize is that no one measures up to God's perfect standard of holiness. Rom. 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." None of us deserves to go to heaven. Rom. 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death." This death includes an eternal death in the lake of fire. All hope is not gone. The punishment that we deserved Christ took upon Himself. Rom. 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Since our transgression was against Him, He has the right to forgive us. Because of His holiness, there can be no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood. So Christ shed His blood in our place, the just for the unjust.
Since Christ paid the price for our sin, how is this forgiveness applied to our lives? Rom. 10:9-10 says, "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." Eph. 2:8-9 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." This forgiveness is applied to our lives when we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. You can place your faith and trust in Christ right now through prayer in your own words. Merely confess to God that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive you and give you eternal life.
If through reading this you have trusted Christ, let Pastor Cook know. Write him at 4822 18th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140 or E- mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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