This is the first message I’m writing because it’s the most important. If you were to read nothing else I wrote but only this I would feel just as accomplished because the purpose of this site is to spread this truth ordained by God and I’m here only to recite and explain it in ways I’ve recently come to understand it myself. Imagine the greatest gift you ever received. Who it came from, why they decided to give it to you. Or maybe you got it yourself, earned it. Think about it, take a few seconds. Got it? Okay… it means nothing. No I'm kidding, of course it means something! And you probably deserved it too. But now think of a gift that means everything and one that neither you, me, or any human on this earth deserves. Salvation, a gift from God. And the best part? It doesn't cost a thing because it’s already been paid for.
What is salvation? Often the main thought that comes up is getting to go to heaven and avoiding hell, an eternity with or without God and although that's true, there's more to it than that. If you were to get a new phone and upgrade from your low storage, battery draining, cracked screen, having to wiggle the charger to get connected device, your initial excitement is going to be the new phone itself; void of all the problems of the old. But then what? Actually using it! Discovering all of its features and hidden gems, testing out that new camera and feeling confident you can make it a full day before having to plug it in somewhere. This is what salvation is like, the old life being made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” And because God is infinite and therefore so are his blessings and wisdom, it makes it the ultimate upgrade. It’s all about a relationship, a relationship that is obtained through faith that God came in the flesh as Jesus and sacrificed his life being without sin but sent to pay for ours. However, because of his resurrection, we live through this after having bypassed the Judgement that he endured that was meant for us. The Lamb of God, the bridge between humanity and God. Seems too good to be true? There might be reason to that.
Going back to the initial thought, heaven and hell, it’s easy to get put in the mindset of a reward system. Doing enough good and avoiding the bad. As long as you treat others well and become a positive contribution to humanity and society as a whole and of course believe in the existence of God to begin with, you should be fine. Personally, This is what I would do. It usually came after hearing a powerful message or being in a tough spot in life and then making a vow to live a life according to God. But what happens? Because we aren’t perfect we’ll mess up, we’ll eventually sin again and condemn ourselves. Then the thought comes, “well at least I haven't committed murder, raped anyone or done some other acts of evil. Sure I lied, sure I swore, but that isn’t as bad as what this person did or that one.” True it isn't as bad, by our standards. But what about by Gods’?
James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all”
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost”
The very reason we ration what’s bad and evil, what’s a big deal and what’s not so big of a deal is because we are all guilty of sin. So in attempt to justify the sinful acts we already committed we compare it to those we deem to be more serious and create our own moral standard. But as scripture stated, all sin is wicked in the eyes of God because he is perfect, the true standard of morality. Picture this, you have two pieces of clothing. One is a shirt that was used in a mud pit and is now stained with dirt and filth and the other was used for a casual day at work but was sweated in a little and there's a bit of a stench to it now. Although one is greater than the other in filth, both have to go to the same place to be washed and dried before it can be worn again. The same is true with sin. Since God is divine perfection even a lie is like that unto murder. But because of the gift of salvation we are not doomed but saved. But so then what? Do I have a free pass to sin because Jesus already paid for it? Well, can you get rid of your new phone and go back to your old damaged one? Sure, but in what world is that logical? You might say, “well it’s too hard not to sin and resist the consistent temptation of everyday life. Missing out on all the fun, in what world is that logical?” The thing is God tells us it’s not hard. In fact in 1 John 5:3-6 it says, “For this is the true love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the son of God?” Someone who is born again in Christ isn't grieved by these commandments because we trust in him that overcame the temptation to break them.
There is a difference between just believing versus accepting and surrendering. We accept by acknowledging his truth and then surrender by realizing there is no other way but his. And then something amazing happens, you are given the holy spirit. John 14:26”But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” The role of this spirit is to guide you and provide you with the truth and wisdom needed to operate in this world according to his will. John 16:13- “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that he shall speak: and he will shew you things to come.” This makes it so its not by our own strength that we overcome the trials and temptations of the world but by our faith in the one who did and the spirit that helps us through it all. It’s easy to go into a cycle of self redemption of trying to do the right thing like we talked about earlier but it quickly becomes frustrating and discouraging and many put the bible down because of the impossible expectation they think is required of them. But thank God that isn't the case. Galatians 2:21 says, “ I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Now by no means am I trying to imply that once you are born again in Christ you are perfect. Even though you may sin less it doesn't make you sinless. There is a constant war between the flesh and spirit. It’s part of being human, an imperfect being but the point is that once you are a believer, you’ll do your best because you know who you believe in and that same one dwells in you so you won't have to alone. You have the spirit but while on this earth you still have the flesh that wills to sin against the spirit. Apostle Paul speaks about this in Romans 8:3-4 “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak in the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” Picture being a born again Christian like being psychically born into the world to your parents. Once it happens, it always is. They’ll always be your parents no matter what. You could do things against them that would cause strains in the relationship but the relationship itself is internally instilled through the blood you share. This is the same with entering a relationship with God, you could never lose it because you believe and trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and through his blood you have found eternal life. Ephesians 1:13- “ In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise.” When you play a video game, you play to win and if you mess up you learn from your mistakes and try again till you make it through the level. The only difference is you have the holy spirit helping you through the level we know as life and getting you safely to the end or rather the beginning of eternity. That my friend, is what salvation is and if you made it to the end of this, I can only assume at the very least you are curious. And if I were to imagine the best case scenario it would be that that curiosity has been fed and you’re wondering how you can partake in eternal life. Romans 10:9-10 says,”That 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." If you believe this and want this truth to be made one with you, read what I’m about to write out loud to God. Lord God , I realize that my way isn’t the way and that even if I were to live a perfect life from here on out I would still fall short of your glory. But God I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to pay this debt so that I don’t have to and now through his death and resurrection I can come to you boldly knowing that through Christs blood I'm made new and holy in your eyes. I surrender Lord, come into my life and make it yours. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
If you just prayed this prayer with your mouth but from your heart, congratulations. You are now a child of God and your new life though him begins now. If you didn’t or already are a believer I pray that these upcoming pieces will be an encouragement to followers and skeptics alike. God bless! May God be with you.