First, we must understand that all of us are born with a sinful heart that doesn’t love God. We are very selfish and we are trapped by our sinful hearts. We are also blinded to the truths that God wants us to know.
Every person must be cleansed from their sins before they can be made right before God. If a person dies in their sin, God will punish him or her for eternity in hell, which would be beyond horrible.
God provided a way for us to be cleansed from our sins, when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth, 2,000 years ago. Jesus lived a perfect life and never sinned. He died a death He did not deserve, but He died the death we deserve for our sins. He died in our place so we can go free.
After He died, He arose from the grave three days later. He also ascended back up to heaven, as was observed by His followers.
Now we can have our sins forgiven. We have to trust in what Jesus did on the Cross in order to pay for our sins. When we turn away from our sins and trust in Jesus as our Savior, He promises to forgive us of all of our sins. But there is so much more that happens.
When a person comes to Christ in repentance and faith, he or she is born into God’s family. People are not God’s children until they repent and place their trust in Christ.
People who belong to Christ belong to the kingdom of God now. They are no longer in the kingdom of Darkness. Instead of being ruled by our sinful hearts, we are now ruled by God, because Jesus is their King.
A person who comes to Christ receives a new heart. This new heart has new desires. The old, selfish heart is still there for now, but the new heart can do what God wants that person to do.
A person who comes to Christ has the power, through God’s Holy Spirit to not have to give into sinful desires. This person can say ‘no’ to sin, whereas before, he or she would indulge the sinful desires. There is no power against sin until the person comes to Christ and is born again.
A person who comes to Christ is empowered to live a holy life now, because he or she has the Holy Spirit indwelling him or her. The power of God is now available for the person to live a holy, Godly life. The Holy Spirit of God does not dwell in people who haven’t come to Christ.
The person who comes to Christ is now, spiritually speaking, clothed in the robes of righteousness. No person is good enough to go to heaven on his own. It’s only through what Jesus did on the Cross that provides the righteousness we need to have to be completely pure in God’s sight.
The person who comes to Christ also has spiritual eyes to see with. He or she can now understand what the Bible is saying. A person who hasn’t come to Christ is spiritually blind. He can’t see the kingdom of God, nor can he or she understand God’s Word. It won’t make sense to him or her.
Many things take place in a person when that person comes to Christ. Jesus is the only way to heaven. No good work on our part will add even an iota to their credit. Jesus made a perfect score and we can only get in on His score, not ours. The only thing we score is payment for our sins. But God gives us salvation freely. It is a gift of God, not something we earn.
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