August 8, 2008
God Forgives Our Sin
The Bible is a guidebook mapping the route to an eternal home. But travelers must read and follow the directions. Some people claim they will get to heaven because of their morality, their religious observances, or even their belief that God exists. But those paths end at death.
The only “road” leading to God’s eternal home is faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Scripture gives us three landmarks along the route—points when there is an awareness of Christ and our need for Him.
Landmark 1: I am a sinner. Everyone has done wrong (Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:23). But only someone under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit recognizes that sin is what separates us from holy God (John 9:31). When the spiritual seeker has this awareness about iniquity, he is accountable for his response.
Landmark 2: Jesus is perfect. Christ’s sinless sacrifice on the cross bridges the gap between the Father and His creation. Our Savior paid all past, present, and future sin-debt.
Landmark 3: I need Jesus. The defining moment on the journey is the point when the traveler believes Jesus is who He claimed to be. Belief is accompanied by repentance—a turning away from old sins. The pilgrim is given a brand-new nature and is welcomed into God’s family (2 Cor. 5:17; John 1:12).
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