“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” – Rom. 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Rom. 6:23
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” . . . “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” – Rev. 20:12, 15
SIN in the biblical sense of the word has different variations of meaning, but sin can be generally defined as living our lives from day to day with little or no regard for GOD. Sin is “wanting our own way” in life, regardless of the eternal consequences; but some day we will face those consequences, because, as responsible beings, we are accountable to God for our thoughts and for our actions. The time will come (Judgment Day) when all unrepentant sinners will appear before God to receive their wages for their selfish and sinful lifestyles. Reader, what a fearful time that will be if you die in your sins!
“For the wages of sin is death.” Sin pays wages, and the final paycheck for sin will be eternal damnation, or everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:15; 21:8). Luke 16:19-31 illustrates God’s punishment for sin in the next life. Hell in that portion of Scripture is translated from the word “hades,” but it is only a temporary place of punishment for those who die in their sins. Revelation 20:14 clearly tells us that on Judgment Day death and hell (hades) will be cast into the Lake of Fire. All unrepentant sinners will then be paid their wages in full retributive wrath from God Almighty, and those wages will be paid out forever (Rom. 2:5-6)! Reader, the wages of sin is eternal damnation (Jn. 5:28-29)!
Many people are choosing eternal damnation (whether they realize it or not) because they want to live their lives with no regard for God. God will not force you to repent of your sins, yet He does warn you of the dangers of sin in His Word, the Holy Bible, and through the operation of His divine Spirit, the HOLY SPIRIT (Jn. 16:8-11).
The Holy Spirit will help you understand what sin really is. Nothing can be hid from Him, not even your most secret thoughts and deeds. You must pay attention to Him when He tries to show you your sins, for He can be offended by your unwillingness to heed His warnings (Isa. 63:10; 1 Thess. 5:19). The Holy Spirit will help you find forgiveness for all your sins if you obey Him.
This would be a hopeless world if God had just left us in our sins, but He made it possible for us to be delivered from the punishment of sin as well as from its destructive power. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). Reader, God the Father sent His only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST into the world to die for your sins! God loves you and that is why He sent Jesus to die as an atonement for all your sins! You can be forgiven of your sins now because of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, and you will be given eternal life instead of eternal damnation. There is no other way to be forgiven of your sins (Jn. 14:6; Rom. 5:8). You are choosing eternal death if you refuse God’s mercy!
You must let the Holy Spirit help you if you want your sins forgiven and your name recorded in the Book of Life (Rev. 20:12). Isaiah 53:5 says that Jesus Christ was “wounded for our transgressions” and that He was “bruised for our iniquities.” The blood of Jesus Christ can blot out all your sins (1 Jn. 1:9). Isaiah 55:7 says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” You can be forgiven of all your sins by following these steps. You can be set free from sin through the LORD JESUS CHRIST now!
(1) Admit to yourself that you are a sinner, for the Bible says, “all have sinned.” – Rom. 3:23
(2) Forsake your sinful lifestyle and surrender your life to God. This includes a willingness to correct any past wrongs against others (Mt. 4:17; Luke 19:1-10), and the forgiving of any past injuries done to you by others. – Mk. 11:25-26
(3) Confess to God that you are in need of His forgiveness. Ask Him in the Name of Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and believe that He will forgive them (Prov. 28:13; Luke 15:11-32; 18:9-14; Heb. 11:6; 1 Jn. 1:8-10). You will be born again of the Holy Spirit when God forgives your sins. This is a spiritual birth. – Jn. 1:12-13; 3:1-7
(4) Be baptized with water as soon as possible after God has forgiven your sins as a testimony to your new life in Christ. – Mt. 28:19; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38
As a born-again Christian you may be wholly sanctified through the baptism with the Holy Spirit so that you will have spiritual power to serve God and to live a holy life (Acts 1:8; 1 Thess. 5:23-24; Heb. 12:14). Be separate from the world and sin (Rom. 12:1-2; James 1:27; 1 Jn. 2:15-17) and, by God’s grace, you will be a holy and fruitful Christian (Jn. 15:1-8). To prevent backsliding, read the Bible, pray and attend church. – The Christian Hope
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