We don’t know when or how we might die. It might be in an accident; it might be the natural result of old age; it might be the result of an illness, like cancer; it might be the result of an act of violence; it might be in our sleep. Scripture clearly warns us against presuming on the future (e.g., Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-16; see also Luke 12:15-21).
Perhaps you realize that your sin has separated you from a holy God, that you are not prepared to die, and that you are headed for everlasting punishment. But the good news is that you can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus came into the world and accepted the punishment for our sins so that God might, in justice, accept us not through our own works or righteousness, but solely by faith upon the merits of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul wrote: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV).
Yes, the Bible is straightforward in its message and the Gospel it presents is clear and simple.
God is Sovereign; He is the holy and loving Creator of the world. He created all things for His good pleasure (Revelation 4:11; Psalm 100:3). But man, who was created in God’s image to love and serve Him, willfully sinned and rebelled against God and now stands under God’s just condemnation and wrath (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 1:18; Romans 3:10-12, 23). However Christ, who is the perfect and eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life, and shed His blood upon the cross, dying in our place and rising again on the third day so that we may have forgiveness and the fellowship with His Father that our sin prohibited (1 Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 53:5).
Our response to this is to repent and believe. When we repent, we are turning from our rebellion and sin to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, with a desire to live God’s way. When we believe, we are trusting alone in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; we trust in nothing of our own (works included), but only in the complete and finished work of Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16, 36; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The sacrifice that Jesus made is available to all, with the added security that those who believe have eternal life (John 5:24; John 10:27-28). We invite you to accept God’s invitation of grace and partake of His free gift of eternal life.