Most people are not experiencing that ultimate life because everyone has chosen to go his or her own way and fallen short of God's perfect standard. That "sin" separates us from having a relationship with Him. The Bible says: "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6) "But your iniquities have separated you from your God: your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2) For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God."
Our sin is so radically opposed to God's perfect character that it requires the most extreme penalty: death and eternal separation from God. The Bible says: "Therefore just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12) "But the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9:22)
Since we cannot earn our way to God through our own imperfect efforts, God himself chose to lovingly provide the perfect payment for sin by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. Through His sacrifice, Jesus bridged the gap between God and people. The Bible says: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:6-8) "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5) "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God." (1 Peter 3:18)
Our Personal Response
You must personally respond to Jesus' sacrifice by turning from your old, sinful life and trusting Him to freely give you new life through His resurrection from the dead. The Bible says: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on Him." (John 3:36) "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
Receiving a relationship with Jesus is as simple as praying this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I have gone my own way and sinned against you. Have mercy on me and forgive my sin. I believe you are the Son of God who died in my place, then rose from the dead with the power and authority to give me new life. Thank you for making me a child of God. I now surrender my life to You and Your purposes. Give me, by Your Holy Spirit, the boldness to confess my faith in You to others. I ask this in your name, Jesus, Amen.
The Proof: We Can Know
Christianity is unique among religions because it provides certainty about the ultimate future of those who follow Christ. We can know beyond doubt that we have eternal life. The Bible says: "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:13)
The Practice: We Can Grow
Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a new life. We must put faith and purpose into practice by getting to know God better and doing what he wants us to do in life.
The Place: We Can Go
Those who receive Jesus Christ will live forever with Him in a place He's prepared for them. The Bible says: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may be where I am.
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