The reason Christ died is for sin.
The Bible says, For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous [that was Jesus] for the unrighteous [that was us], that He might bring you to God (1 Peter 3:18).
The Bible, our conscience, and the Law of God (Ten Commandments) reveal that we have fallen short of Gods standard of perfection. From the beginning until today, all people are guilty before God because of their sin.
The outcome of sin is death.
The Bible says, For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Wages are what we earn. The earnings of sin spoil everything we do. The outcome or wages of our sin results in death. Physical death separates us from life here and spiritual death separates us from God in the hereafter. This is bad news, but the next letter contains good news.
Jesus was our substitute on the cross.
The Bible says, He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus took our sin upon Himself and suffered what we deserved. Jesus sacrifice displays Gods loving mercy and righteous justice as no other action could. He offers forgiveness of our sin as a free gift.
Because Jesus is our substitute, He is the only one who can offer salvation. Salvation includes forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life.
But how is this possible?
To have forgiveness and eternal life you must repent, believe, and receive. Its like three branches joined together, making one living plant.
To repent, the Bible says, Repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out (Acts 3:19). Repentance is turning away from sin to God. Its changing your view of sin, yourself, and God.
To believe and receive, the Bible says, To all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12). Believing and receiving means trusting Christ alone for salvation.
If so, then pray this prayer or a similar prayer from your heart to express that trust.
Dear God I know I am a sinner. I believe Christ died on the cross for my sin and then arose. Please forgive me of my sin. I now confess You as my Lord and Savior and trust You alone for my salvation. Thank You for the free gift of eternal life. Amen.
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