Ultimately, God’s Word teaches us several important things:
1. Our Sin
We are all born with a sin nature. Because of our sin, we are unable to have a relationship with God without forgiveness.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
2. God’s Gift
We can’t earn God’s forgiveness – it must be given. Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could be forgiven.
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
3. Our Response
We must accept this free gift from God by believing that we are sinful, that Jesus is our Savior and committing our lives to Him.
9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
4. The Result
When we put our faith in Jesus to forgive our sins, we are immediately forgiven, we are considered God’s child & our relationship with God begins.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.