Sin is the transgression of God’s law. The Bible says that every person who ever lived is a sinner. (Rom. 3:23). Sin results from disobeying God’s commands, for example, idol worshiping, lying, cheating, stealing, murder and being jealous of other people etc. Sin is also not doing right (Jn 4:7). Sin separates us from God and since God is holy, sin and holiness cannot co-exist. The Bible says that the punishment for sin is death for everyone (Rom. 6:23).
God’s holiness demands sinlessness. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the Creature (idols and anything other than God) rather than the creator (God), who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this reason, God gave them up to vile passion such as homosexuality etc. and over to debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, unmerciful; who knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (rom. 1:18-32)
The anger of God against unrighteousness has pronounced death penalty on sinfulness. Even though I am deserving of eternal damnation, Jesus showed me real love like a fiery flame of fire by taking my place and dying for me. He set me as a seal upon his heart and arm and showed me love stronger that death, love that cannot be bought with all the money in the world. Jesus showered me with love that passeth all understanding, love that many waters cannot quench nor can the flood of water drown. Jesus willingly choose to die in my place on the cross because His father dearly loves me and He loves me dearly too (Jn 3:16; I Jn 3:16)
By this I know that Jesus loves me, because He laid down His life for me (1 Jn. 3:16). The Bible also says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but Christ’s Mercy Gate is opened to you, will you please come on in it costs you nothing.
Salvation is God’s plan to provide all people with a way of escape from sin and death. The Bible reveals this plan through Christ’s death on the cross. God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die in our place. By doing that, God saved us from the punishment and eternal death we deserved.
Jesus Christ is the source of Salvation (2 Tim. 2:10, Heb. 5:9). As God’s Son, Jesus lived a sinless and perfect life. However, God allowed Jesus to pay for our sins. We deserved the death sentence for our sins, but Jesus Christ paid the penalty. He became our substitute. The Bible says Jesus suffered death on a cross to pay the price of our sins (Rom. 5:8).
Jesus had to be punished so we could have peace with God. God had to punish Jesus so that He can remain a just God who values his commands.
Jesus’ has become our mediator who represents us before God (Heb. 2:10, 7:25). The Bible teaches that salvation is not accomplished by human effort. It is solely the work of God (I Thess 5:9) and is offered as a free gift by grace (Eph. 2: 8, 9) to everyone who desires such gifts of God.
Those who hear God’s plan of salvation must respond. Are you ready to ask for the mercy and grace of God through Jesus? The appropriate response is to repent of all sins (2 Tim 3:15; I Peter 1:9) for you. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, every man, woman, boy, and girl can be saved from death and eternal separation from God. The Bible says we must believe and confess that Jesus is the Lord of our lives (Rom. 10: 8-10). If we do that we can have a personal relationship with God and spend eternity in heaven with Him.