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Page 1 Separate

But your iniquities have separated between you and God, and your sins have hid his face from you . . .  Isaiah 59:2

God created man to have a relationship with Him.  He gave man the freedom to make choices.  God’s desire was for man to choose obedience.

Man chose his own path over God’s plan.  Man’s choice of self-willed disobedience is called sin in the Bible.

God’s Word tells us that every one of us has made the choice to disobey God in one way or another.

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.  Ecclesiastes 7:20

Page 2 Judgment

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  Romans 5:12

God is holy and just by His very nature.  Because of His nature, He cannot overlook the sins that you and I have committed against Him and each other.

God has placed His punishment upon our sins.  The punishment is death.  The death of a person who has not placed his trust in God as his Savior has two stages – physical death and eternal death.

Physical death separates the soul from the body.

Eternal death separates a person from God in hell.

. . . and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. . . . the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 20:13-15; 21:8

Page 3 Judge

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  Hebrews 9:27

All of us have an appointment with God.  He will be the judge of our life on earth.  It is possible for and earthly court to render an unfair judgment on some matter.

This will not be the case when we stand before God.  He knows everything about us.  All of our words, thoughts, actions, and even our attitudes will be judged by God Himself.  Only a sinless person could expect a verdict of “not guilty.”  Since the Bible has already declared us to be sinful, we have a serious problem.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.  Ecclesiastes 12:14

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.  Romans 2:16

Page 4 Man's Attempt

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, . . . Titus 3:5

Religion is man’s attempt to earn the favor of God.  Salvation is God’s free gift to save man from his sin.

We cannot save ourselves because any good thing that we could do cannot undo the bad that we have already done.  You may have the ability to quit a particular sin, but you will be a sinner until the day you die.  The Bible makes it clear that salvation is a gift of God’s grace to us, not a reward for man’s works for Him.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

. . . that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  Galatians 2:16

Page 5 Christ Paid

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  Romans 5:8-9

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, . . . 1 Peter 3:18

Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for all the sins of mankind: past, present, and future.  Jesus arose from the dead to prove that He was God in the flesh.  He also arose to demonstrate that He has the power over death, and that He alone has the power to give eternal life to all who will receive him.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

Page 6 The Way

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

Jesus told us in John 14:6 that He is the only way to get to the Father in heaven.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  1 Timothy 2:5

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

Page 7 The Gift

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  John 1:12

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10:13

All who will recognize that they are lost in their sin and unable to save themselves can have God’s free gift of eternal life.  Christ died on the cross (in your place) to pay for that gift.  Will you receive it today?

If you would like to receive God’s free gift of salvation, you can pray this simple prayer of faith from your heart.

Dear God,

I know that I have sinned against You and have earned hell.  I  believe that Jesus died on the cross and arose from the dead to save me.  Please forgive me of my sins and come into my life right now.  Help me to live for You.  I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.