‘d like to start a series of bible studies on Tuesdays, and since I’m putting it in writing, hopefully I’ll stick with it! The topics I would like to post about are rather simple, but I believe they are often overlooked. If we dwelt on “the basics” of the gospel, perhaps we would be more inclined to dwell on the eternal things, rather than the temporal things of this world.
Anyone who has ever lived on this earth (except for Jesus) has sinned. That includes Mother Teresa, the Pope, Ghandi, and any other person our culture seems to elevate. Do we realize that sin separates us from God? Do we realize that to be separate from God means to be lost? Do we realize that to be lost, that means to be lost eternally?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Without a savior, we are lost. Wondering on this earth, with no real direction. Living for ourselves and slaves to sin. It’s an empty feeling. Worry and anxiety fills our minds. You may be a “good,” moral person, but without a savior, you are a sinner. You may love your spouse, your kids, and be a productive member of society, but without a savior, you’re lost.
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging in the desires of the flesh and of the mind, were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”
It doesn’t have to be this way, though! You don’t have to remain in your sins! You don’t have to allow worry, doubt, anxiety, and fleshliness to fill your heart. God loves you too much to leave you in that sad state, and that is exactly why He sent His Son to die in your place. To take away your sins. To be your Savior! He wants to be your Lord, and He proved it by enduring a cruel death on the cross.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
No one is going to get into heaven based upon their good works. No one is going to get into heaven without Jesus, their Savior! He is the only way to salvation.
“Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
The bible is filled with many more scriptures explaining the sinful nature of man and the gift of salvation from Jesus. Will you read them? We all need a savior. Jesus is that savior. In my next several bible studies I hope to outline the pathway to salvation as the bible describes. In the meantime, read and meditate on the scriptures. Take a good look at your life. Are you trying to be “good” while denying your savior?