BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS
We all were born selfish, wanting our own way and doing whatever we could to get it. As we matured, we learned that we couldn’t always have our way but we still wanted and sought it.
God created us to serve, obey, and please Him, and that was the nature of Adam and Eve when created. When they ate of the forbidden fruit, they rebelled and disobeyed and—as a result—their natures changed. From that point on their nature was to do things their way, not God’s way, and all their children and their children all the way up to today are born with the same natures, natures that wants and seeks to please self.
God calls pleasing self both sin and iniquity. God explains,
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
There are only two ways to live our lives, the way we want or the way God wants us to live them.
There is bad news and good news. The bad news is that there is a consequence and punishment for being selfish and obeying our desires rather than God’s Word. That punishment is an eternity of torment in a lake of fire called hell.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
The good news is that God loved us so much He sent His Son Jesus to shed His blood and die on a cross to pay the penalty of our sins, to save us from our sins and their consequence, to make us new persons, giving us a new birth, changing our hearts so that we desire to please Him and not self.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
If we see ourselves as the hell-deserving sinners that we are, will confess that to God, and choose to turn from a life of pleasing self to a life of pleasing God, while at the same time, believing that Jesus died for our sins on the cross and rose from death and the grave on the third day, and will trust what Jesus did in our behalf to remove any displeasure God has with us, God will indeed forgive all our sins and adopt us as His child. The result is that we will go to heaven when we die and will live with God and the angels eternally.
“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
“If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin.”
(1 John 1:9)
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Don’t you agree, this is truly good news?
Have you made this turn from living for yourself to living for God? Have you confessed your sinfulness and trusted Jesus? If so, we praise the Lord that you are saved. If not, why not do so right now and then call and tell us about it. It would make us very happy to hear the good news—and we can either help you personally grow in the Lord, or give you literature that will help you grow as a new born Christian.