All humankind has sinned and was born sinners.
The penalty for our sin is death.
Jesus Christ died for humankind’s sin to provide forgiveness and cleansing of sin.
To receive Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of sin, humankind need only to believe and confess with their mouth and heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and only He brings true eternal salvation.
The Holy Scriptures teach that God hates all sin, whether you are a Jew or Gentile (non-Jew), rich or poor, young or old, male or female (Romans 1:18-20). God’s very nature is morally perfect, holy and righteous. Sadly, sin cuts humanity off from the holy God, whether the sin is murder, adultery, lying, cheating, deceit, disobedience, or jealousy. All sin leads to condemnation, judgment, and death from God, regardless of how great or small the sin may seem (Romans 6:23). Moreover, God’s anger and punishment explode against those who persist in sinning. God will not ignore nor stomach willful disobedience to His Holy Words found in the Bible.
Sadly, the whole human race is guilty of sin and is sinful from birth because of the “Great Fall” or “Original Sin” of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, found in Genesis 3. Now, all people deserve God’s guilty verdict (Romans 1:18-3:20), and humanity is helpless to overcome sin’s grip on their lives (Romans 7:21-24). Humans alone cannot overcome the power of sin by themselves. Yet, God wants to remove and destroy sin from all humanity and restore humankind to the clean slate as found in Genesis 1-2, prior to the Great Fall into sin by Adam and Eve, as found in Genesis 3.
Most important, God does not want to send anyone to eternal damnation because of sin. In fact, the Holy Scriptures teach that God has revealed Himself plainly in the creation to all people to see His glory so they will turn from sin and its destruction. Moreover, the Apostle Paul teaches that all people have some understanding of God through nature and creation and an inner sense of God’s existence and His righteous standards—right from wrong. However, people reject, due to their sin, despite their basic knowledge of God. Without God’s help, humanity has no hope for their sin disease started with Adam and Eve. Only God intervening on humankind’s behalf can sin finally end in a person’s life.
Throughout human history, people have tried many different religions, techniques, and rituals to eliminate sin and draw closer to God. Despite all human effort to remove, no one can stop sin or claim by human effort to be made good in God’s sight. The Holy Scriptures teach that all people everywhere have sin and deserve God’s judgment, condemnation and guilt for their sins (Romans 1:18-3:20).
This is the GOOD NEWS! The Apostle Paul explains that while we were sinners, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us on the Cross at Calvary (Romans 5:8). Through Jesus Christ, God has revealed the only way to be made right with Him and reunited with the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul makes clear that God declares a person righteousness and put in right a relationship with Him simply by trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ, to take away his or her sins (Romans 1:8-17). The Apostle Paul proclaims that God declares a person righteous because of faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17).
The Holy Scriptures are clear that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to seek and save humanity and receive forgiveness of sins (Luke 15:1-10; 19:10). Jesus Christ as the Son of God came to earth to live a sinless and perfect life that humankind could not live since the Great Fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis. As sinless, Jesus Christ became the atoning sacrifice for all of humankind’s sin and paid the final penalty for sin (Romans 6:23). Because Jesus Christ died on the Cross at Calvary, humankind can be saved from God’s wrath, eternal and spiritual separation from God.
Through God’s grace found in Jesus Christ (John 1:14), humankind can overcome sin’s power and find forgiveness of the sin disease that started with Adam and Eve (Mark 2:5; Romans 6:14). God only requires humankind to receive His offer of grace and forgiveness of sins by simply accepting, trusting, and believing upon His Son Jesus Christ for their salvation (Matthew 19:20-22; John 1:12; John 14:9-12). Salvation comes only through the Person Jesus Christ, the God-Man, and not through any efforts, works, or rituals.
Faith and trust in Jesus Christ means putting one’s wholehearted and complete confidence in Him to forgive sins, to make us right with God, and to help us to live the way God teaches us to live. The Apostle Paul makes clear that God’s solution for humankind’s sin is available to all people regardless of background or past behavior through faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-29). Just faith in Jesus Christ! Through simple and heartfelt faith in the life, message, love, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are cleansed of ALL our sins. The Apostle Paul teaches that our faith in Jesus Christ can be big or small because Jesus Christ saves us once we turn to Him through faith. Jesus Christ is strong and mighty enough to save us no matter how weak our faith may seem.
Once a person accepts by faith God’s work in Jesus Christ, that person becomes a believer and is reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. Then, this new believer is transferred from the realm of sin started by Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 to the realm of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:12-21) through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of a new believer to bring victory over sin and holiness that brings glory to God (Romans 12-15). No power—whether sin (Romans 6), the Law (Romans 7), or death (Romans 8:1-13)—“will ever be able to separate us from the love of God” through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:39).