This is the Glorious Gospel (good news) which this blog is all about:
16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
The verse above is written in the book of the Jesus’ disciple John, chapter 3 and verse 16 (John 3:16). This verse is often said to summarize the subject of the whole Bible! This is what Christians are so excited about.
But; Why do we perish if God does not give his son? Who is the Son? Paul the Apostle writes the following in the letter to the Roman Christians in chapter 6 verse 23 (Rom. 6:23):
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our sin alienates us from God, but God (the Father) loves us so much that he sent his son who himself is God to take the punishment for our sins – he died in our stead. If we put our trust in Him, in Jesus Christ, we have eternal life in him.
The Holy Spirit who is the third person of the Trinity (=God), helps us to conform into the image of Christ as we submit to God’s word, which is the Bible.
In this way, Christian good works flow out of having been forgiven of our sins on account of Jesus and can never contribute to the forgiveness of our sins.
Let us repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and be forgiven and seek to live a life of discipleship in obedience to him by the power of the Spirit!