There is a God. Despite what you may have heard other people say, God exists. I know him and you can know him too. He has revealed Himself many ways. We can see that just by observing complexity of this world. You, me, every plant, animal, and even the dirt we stand on is not a result of a random event. God has created it all. The Bible, God’s direct revelation to us, says that we are responsible for our knowledge of God because everything around us testifies about His power and attributes.
Because God made everything, that means He is in charge. He is the Highest authority. So, when He established his Moral Law and commands that we all live according to it, we need to understand the gravity of that. God is perfect and he demands perfect obedience to His Law. And just like when we break a civil law like speeding or stealing, there are consequences to our actions. Our God is a God of perfect Justice. We are judged according to our actions, and that is a frightening thing.
Here’s the bad news. We aren’t perfect. I’m certainly not, you aren’t, and no one in this world is. We have all done things and continue to do things that break God’s perfect Law. And to make matters worse, we can’t make restitution to God for the things we have done. No amount of good works can make up for the fact that we broke His law. It’s like a murderer going before a judge and asking to be let go. He may say, “But your honor, I only killed one person. That was five minutes out of my entire life. I was a good person for 99.999% of the time. Can’t you just let me go”? And, of course, the judge can’t. A serious violation of the Law has taken place and a punishment must be doled out.” And with God, every violation of His Law is a serious violation. We call that sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death and the punishment we justly should receive is Hell.
God is loving, but He is also Just, and He must punish sin. There is no way around that. We sin, so we are all equally guilty before Him. Here is the Good News though. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God knew that we would all fall short of the perfection that His nature and law demands. So He, Himself, provided a means that satisfies His justice and saves us from the punishment that we deserve. He sent His son, Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus is the only person to have ever kept God’s law perfectly. Not even one single violation. He is completely innocent before God. And, because of His innocence, Jesus was able and willing to submit Himself to God as a substitute for judgment, in our place. Because Jesus deserved no punishment, He is able to accept the punishment that is rightly due to every other person in this world. In this way, Jesus makes restitution to God the Father. We call that, “The Atonement”. Where our good works fall infinitely short, Jesus’s substitution is accepted. The punishment has been executed. The wrath of a Holy and Perfect God is satisfied.
There is more though. Jesus gave his life for us. The Righteous One of God died for an infinitely unrighteous people. Because He had no sin and did not deserve death, God has raised Him from the dead. Jesus then ascended to Heaven and even now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. The work accomplished in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus means that in the eyes of our Maker, believers have been justified and made blameless of our sin.
So, how do we accept this salvation that has been freely given? Faith. It is as simple as Faith. Knowing what Jesus has done for us, believing it to be true, and entrusting ourselves to Him for the Salvation that He alone can provide. The Bible says that we are saved by the Grace of God through Faith in Jesus Christ. We don’t need to fear punishment because Jesus has fulfilled the justice of God for everyone who has repented of their sin and believes.
God loves us, and He has provided the means for us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. I hope that encourages you. If it does and you want to know more, just pick up Bible and start reading. Or go ask someone that you know is a Christian, and they can help you along. Alternately, stay on this page and watch another video or two. We will all meet God one day. I want to see you in heaven, celebrating the greatness of God with me forever. May the Lord God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, the Righteous Judge of all Creation bless you and keep you. Amen.
To learn more, watch: The Good News by Paul