Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and read my content. God does not hate you. In fact, He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you. The foundation of the Christian faith is the Gospel, which means Good News—the good news that God came down as a man as Jesus Christ to take our place on the cross for our sins. Still, though, the Law applies to our lives, so let’s talk about that.
We Are All Sinners and Need Saving
In the beginning, Adam and Eve believed the words of Satan over the Word of God, introducing sin to the world. Sin is the reason for famine, poverty, war, violence—any imaginable evil thing you can think of. We are to blame. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). No one is innocent. God could have annihilated us for rebelling against Him. Instead, He was gracious and merciful and made a plan to save us ever since the beginning. “I will put enmity between you [Satan the serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). This promise was culminated in Jesus Christ on the cross. Satan bruised His heel by killing Him on the cross, but in Christ’s death and resurrection, He crushed the serpent’s head and claimed the victory. “The death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God” (Romans 6:10). The first step in becoming a Christian is recognising you are a sinner, as we all are, and we can do nothing to save ourselves. Only God can do that, and He has done that for us through Jesus Christ on the cross. The penalty for our sin is death, but Jesus came so that we don’t have to face the penalty we deserve. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Law of God reveals how unholy and unrighteous we are—it reveals our sin and it therefore reveals our incapability to save ourselves. Jesus fulfilled the Law for us (Matthew 5:17); therefore, we are no longer under law but grace (Romans 6:14).
We need saving because our sin condemns us to death. “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). If we are being truly honest with ourselves, we cannot deny that ever since we were born, we have done bad things. This is because of sin, and without Christ we are slaves to it. Being in sin, we do not have the ability to save ourselves. Only Christ, who was born without sin, is capable of saving us.
The Son of God
As the Nicene Creed leads us to confess, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten of the Father, “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” St. John sought to know who exactly Jesus is. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14). Jesus, then, was God in human form on earth! He is the Word of God—the Word who was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Why would God, as Jesus, come down from Heaven to walk amongst us filthy humans and die for us? Jesus told us why. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17). God saw us as we are: dead in sin. So He came as Jesus to make us alive through Him. God is a forgiving, loving, and patient God who desires that all should turn from their ways and live in Him (see Ezekiel 18:23; 33:11; 2 Peter 3:9). Without Christ, we are all wicked, and God desires that all the wicked should turn to Him.
Jesus is the Only Way
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). All other religions all around the world teach of their own ways to attain salvation through works, but Jesus is the only person in all of history to make the bold claim that He is the only way to salvation. Jesus has demonstrated this in His work, ministry, and sacrifice on the cross, whom all the events of the Old Testament point to. Therefore, Christians can confidently make the bold claim with Christ that He is the only way to salvation.
How Does Jesus Save Us?
I mentioned that the entire Old Testament points to Christ. One of the richest ways in which it points to Him was the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16). In Old Testament Israel, the Day of Atonement was an annual day in which the high priest would make sacrifices to forgive all the sins of Israel. Throughout the Old Testament, we see that the blood and death of animals cover sin. God said, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life” (Leviticus 17:11). This even makes sense scientifically because no animal, including humans, can live without a certain amount of blood. Blood is life; this is a fact. Paul says that through Christ, “God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins” (Romans 3:25). The only way Jesus could save us from our sins was paying for them with His own blood. As our High Priest, He offered Himself as that sacrifice, becoming the final atonement by offering Himself as the ultimate sacrifice (see Hebrews 9:11-12). Thus, having paid the price for our sins, Jesus saves us simply by faith. “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
Do You Believe?
The previous verse ends with Jesus asking, “Do you believe?” Every person at some point in their life must ask themselves this question. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Is He the object of your faith? Not faith in yourself, reason, science, aliens, or some other false idol or religion, but in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who came and died for your sins on the cross? Do you believe He rose from the grave, conquering the power of death over us for all those who believe? If so, all you have to do is say, “Jesus, I believe. Change me. Transform me. You are my Lord and Saviour. I need You.” Feel free to use the Nicene Creed as a confession of faith.
Growing in Christ
So, what do you do when you believe? Seek Christian fellowship at a local church. Although we gather at a building for fellowship, worship, and edification, church is not the building; church is the entire body of believers. As a believer, you are the Church. The word “church” comes from the Greek word εκκλησία (ekklesía), which means “the entire body of believers.” When you hang out with your Christian friends, all of you are the Church right then and there. Everywhere you go, you are the Church. The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Therefore, as the Church, when you give to the poor, Jesus is giving to the poor. When you are kind to a stranger, you are exemplifying Jesus’ kindness. Without faith, good works cannot be done because Jesus is missing. So find a local church to participate in Christian fellowship and to be baptised. Baptism saves us and removes the filth of sin (1 Peter 3:21). Partake in the Lord’s Supper and receive Absolution for the forgiveness of sins.
Read the Bible. The best way to know more about God in both knowledge and personal relationship is to read His Word. We do this in the privacy of our own homes and at church as we attend Bible studies and listen to our pastor’s sermons. Church is the place where we receive Word and Sacrament—both of which we receive forgiveness from.
Pray. God desires that we speak to Him and trust Him with our needs. If you don’t know how to pray, click here to read a simple guide to prayer.
Even though we are saved and have received eternal life from Christ, we still struggle with sin. This tension is part of being simultaneously saint and sinner—saved from the condemnation of sin, though we still struggle with it. We can rest in the promise of Jesus. He said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). Whoever abides in Jesus, He promises He will never cast them out. Of course, if we reject Him He will reject us before the Father (Matthew 10:33). Unless there’s rejection, Christ will never reject us. That’s just who He is. God fulfilled His promise to Adam and Eve that their seed would reproduce the Saviour, and that was fulfilled in Christ. Therefore, we can all the more trust in Jesus’ promise that He will never cast out those whom He receives.