Looking unto Jesus,
- Life Questions
- Destination after Death
HOW GOOD ARE YOU?
How do you know your specific sins? Rom. 3:20 "for by the law is the knowledge of sin." The way to see your sins is by the law (Ten Commandments). We often see them hanging in people's homes, but have you ever taken a close look at them?
In fact, if you've broken any one of these commandments, you have sinned. Just once is all it takes to be guilty. How many times do you have to speed before an officer has the right to give you a fine? Once. So if God were to judge you right now, would you be innocent or guilty? The Bible declares that we are all guilty. Rom.3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It is our sins that separate us from God. Is.59:2 "But your iniquities have separated you from your God." We cannot inherit the kingdom of God because of our sins. Our sins separate us.
If we will not be with God, then where will we be? The Bible describes it as a place of torment, a furnace of fire, everlasting burnings, and unquenchable fire. This place is called hell. Nowhere in the Bible is the word purgatory found. That is man's doctrine not God's. So if we've sinned against God, how is the problem corrected? It's not by keeping these commandments the best we can because it says in Gal.2:16 "for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified." As hard as you try, you will fail. In fact, the purpose of the law is to, first of all, show you have sinned, and then point you to the resolution. Gal.3:24 "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith." When you see yourself guilty before God, you'll see the need for help, and God has provided it.
There is only one way you will ever be able to come into the presence of God. It's not by your works or good deeds Eph.2:8-9. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." You and I on our best day still sin. And I'll give you the benefit of the doubt for a moment. Let's say you have a sinless day. Your past sins are still there. Your twenty good things you think you've done can't erase the one bad. Is. 64:6 "But we are like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;"
I know this is hard to swallow because it comes against all of our pride and human reasoning, but the Bible says our only hope is to come to the One who did satisfy God by keeping the commandments perfectly. II Cor.5:21 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." God sent His Son, who knew no sin, to die for you. He took your place on that cross. That is the punishment that you and I deserve. I hang my head when people say, "a loving God won't send me to hell." Jn.3:16 "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." God sent His only begotten Son to this sin stricken world to take your punishment, and you think He wants you to end up in hell? He offers the way of escape through His Son. If you will acknowledge you have sinned against God, repent and turn to the Savior. Don't try and clean yourself up first. God invites you just as you are (Rom.5:8). Jesus has paid the penalty for your sins. All you have to do is accept the gift of salvation by receiving Him and accepting what He did for you. Jn.1:12 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." And that's what we will talk about next time: What it means to be born of God.