The Gospel of Grace: For Religious Dudes

Saul was the most die-hard, religious person of his time. He mastered, promoted and defended his religion fanatically (Acts 8:3; 26:9-11; Phil. 3:5). He thought that God will forgive him his sins if he obeyed all God’s commandments (Phil 3:4-6). Yet he always fell short (Rom. 3:23). Deep in his heart, he was unsure if God has pardoned his sin or if he could go to heaven. He realized that his religion could not release him from his sins (Phil. 3:7).

Are you like Saul today? You are religious, but sinful. You go to church. But you are unsure if God has forgiven you. You believe that if you are good or religious enough, God might forgive you and let you into His heaven.

However, the Bible says that a single sin breaks your connection with God (Rom. 3:23). Just one small sin already turns God off.  Sin offends God. God does not tolerate any sin. No amount of your religiosity and good works can connect you with God. Your sin already broke the link.

But here’s Good News! Despite your sin, a loving God connected with you. He provided a direct line to Himself. That line is Jesus. He said, “I am the Way; I am the Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).*

This is the Gospel. God is love, but He is also holy and just. Sin is serious.  God is angry at sin.  He required an offering to settle His wrath against sin. He sentenced payment for sin—death (Rom. 6:23).  Somebody must fully satisfy God’s requirements. That Person was Christ, the sinless Lamb of God. He offered Himself on the cross. He paid the penalty of your sin by His blood. God accepted His sacrifice.

Jesus paid in full. He finished the job. Nobody can anymore add or subtract from His finished work on the cross. But everyone must decide to turn from their sin and trust Christ as their Savior.

What should you do today? Make a decision. Turn from your sin. Throw yourself upon the mercy and grace of God—found only in the resurrected Christ.  Trust Christ alone as your personal Lord and Savior. Do not delay. Do it today.

1. God Loves You. “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” (John 3:16, New King James Version).

2. Your sin separates you from God. “All have sinned and lack God’s glory” (Rom. 3:23).

3. The Penalty of Your Sin is Death. “The wage paid by sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).

4. Your Own Good Deeds and Religion Cannot Save You from the Penalty of Your sin. “Not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit” (Eph. 2:9). “It was not because of any upright actions we had done ourselves” (Tit. 3:5).

5. Christ Died on the Cross and Rose Again to Pay the Penalty of Your Sin. “Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (Rom. 5:8).

6. Christ is the Only Way to Connect With God. “For there is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and humanity . . . Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).

7. Turn From Your Sin NOW. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Yahweh, and he will have mercy on him . . . For he will abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:7).

8. Trust Jesus NOW. “Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life: God’s retribution hangs over him” (John 3:36).

9.Through Prayer, Invite Jesus To Come Into Your Life and Be Your Lord and Savior RIGHT NOW. “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13). “But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believed in his name” (John 1:12). “Now the day of salvation is here” (2 Cor. 6:2).

Call Jesus Now!

Lord Jesus, I admit I am a sinner. I need your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the Cross and rose again for my sins. I am willing to turn from my sin today. I now put my trust in You alone for my salvation. I invite You now to come into my life as my personal Lord and Savior.

If You Prayed This Prayer Sincerely, Mark This Special Day By Leaving a Brief Comment in This Blog. Write, “Pastor, I just prayed to receive Christ, _______” (Name). I will pray for you.

*All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, a Catholic translation (1985). (www.catholic.org/bible)

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