The greatest question man will face in life is “What happens when life is over?” God’s Word is clear, explaining each person will stand before God when they die to give an account for the things done in this life (Hebrews 9:27). Many people believe being a good person will get them into heaven. Are you a good person? God’s Word tells us we will be judged by God’s law (the Ten Commandments). I challenge you to examine yourself in light of the law of God:
The ninth command says we are not to bear false witness. If you’ve ever told a lie you have broken the ninth commandment and that makes you a liar. God is serious about such deceitfulness and says that all liars will find themselves in the lake of fire. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
The eighth command says we are not to steal anything. Have you ever stolen anything? The value of the item does not matter. If you take something from someone else that does not belong to you, according to the Bible, you’re a thief.
The third command says we are not to take God’s name in vain. Have you ever used God’s name like a four-letter filth word to express anger or disgust? Then you have taken the name of God lightly and have blasphemed His name. And the Scripture says God will not hold someone guiltless if he treats Him with such irreverent disregard and disrespect. (Exodus 20:7)
The seventh command says we are not to commit adultery. Have you ever lusted after anyone? Jesus said if you look with lust toward anyone that you have committed adultery already in your heart (Matt. 5:28). The day will come when each of us will stand before God and give an account for our words, deeds and even our thoughts.
We are lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterers at heart and we deserve the death penalty. This is only four of the 10 Commandments. There are six others! The book of James tells us that if we offend or break the law of God in just one point, we are guilty of breaking it all. (James 2:10) According to the Bible, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible also tells us, “the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).
God’s Word is clear: all people have sinned and will be required to pay for it. We deserve the death penalty: eternal punishment in Hell. Not only are we guilty of breaking God’s Law but we are entirely helpless to remedy our condition!
That’s the bad news! It sounds hopeless. We are hopeless and helpless because no matter how good we think we are, we have violated the Law of God and deserve death.
The good news is Jesus never broke the Law. He lived a perfect life and always obeyed the Father in everything! The Lord Jesus took the death penalty for us by dying on the Cross. He carried in His own body the sins of the world: all our violations of the Law. Jesus took the penalty that we owe and died in our place in order for us to live eternally with Him:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
How do you escape the penalty of the Law of God? How can you be saved from eternal death? By repenting of your law-breaking. That simply means that you agree with God that you are a sinner and need Jesus to be your Savior. You simply acknowledge your law-breaking. In Luke 13:5, Jesus said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Repentance is turning from your law-breaking to Jesus, the Savior.
You must believe that Jesus is who He says He is. He is God who came in human flesh to die as the payment for our sin (law breaking). You must believe, not only that He died, but also that He did not stay dead. He came out of the grave, victorious over death, hell and the grave! He lives! And the Scripture says, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
The first step to becoming a Christian is to acknowledge that you have violated the Law of God, repent of your law-breaking and believe in Jesus as your Savior! You can receive God’s forgiveness for your sin and be saved today!
If you have never done so, would you repent of your sin and be saved? The Bible says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (I John 1:9-10).
God keeps His Word! You can be cleansed and forgiven of your sin if you will trust Him.
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