Good News

Good News
God's Plan for Your Salvation
 
Romans 3:26

"He did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."

God and mankind are separated because of sin. Scripture declares that all humans are "dead in in sin" and every transgression "has made a separation between man and God." God had created mankind to have fellowship with Him and to glorify Him. Mankind can never be complete apart from God because God is the only solution to man's problem of indwelling sin. The deepest and most satisfying desire of a man is that he would desire the relationship, intimacy, and peace with God that was lost in the Garden of Eden when mankind was plunged into sin.

This quest has often become misguided throughout history. Even during these days in which we live, many have sought God in peculiar and sometimes harmful ways. They have set aside the instruction delivered to us through the Scriptures and sought God in their own wisdom and strengths.

The following is a simple explanation of God's offer of salvation to sinners in order to restore mankind to a right relationship with Himself as described in the pages of inerrant Scripture.
 
Romans 3:26

Just                                                                                                                               Justifier

One of the first things that we need to understand is that God is both Just and Justifier. Being just means that His essence is justice. That means, if for one instant God were to be unjust, that He would cease to be God, if that were possible. It is not in the essence of God to issue anything but Justice. God is so perfectly just that He cannot tolerate sin. Nothing impure or unholy can be in the presence of God. He demands absolute perfection. This is what it means for God to be just, holy, and righteous. He is an infinitely perfect God who demands that all who desire to have a relationship with Him be perfect. This, then, is the justice of God.

Is this Justice? A man drives a car for 50 years and never breaks the law. Finally he does not quite stop for a stop sign and is issued a citation. The judge sees his perfect record and decides not to make him pay the fine. Yes or No
 
Romans 3:26

Just                                                                                                                               Justifier
Mercy

The answer, obviously, is NO. What was exercised in this situation was MERCY. Very nice, and I think it was the right thing to do in that situation. However, it was mercy, not justice.

We are sinners and need a solution to our separation from God. If all mankind is radically depraved because of sin, then God must issue justice and punish that sin severely and eternally.

Is this Justice? Suppose you left the country because you were called on to do something that you thought was morally wrong. Years later the country wants you to come back and promises not to press charges for running away. It extends a legal stipulation called AMNESTY. You are free to return and will never be charged with breaking the law.

Yes or No
 
Romans 3:26

Just                                                                                                                               Justifier
Mercy
Amnesty

No. Amnesty is not justice. Amnesty comes from the word amnesia. It simply means to forget. A just God can not just look at sin and forget it. It must be justly dealt with in order for God to be God. God can never shove a sin under the rug. God cannot tolerate sin. No sin will be hidden from God before His soveriegn throne when he judges all mankind according to what they have done. There is no choice in the matter. God must punish sin.

Finally, is this justice? You worked hard all week and payday comes. Your boss came to you and explained that the company had decided not to pay people for this week"s work and walked away without paying you. Would that be justice?

Yes or No
 
Romans 3:26

Just                                                                                                                               Justifier
Mercy
Amnesty
Payment

Of course not. You earned a payment. The just thing would be to pay you for what you earned. And, according to God's Word, the wages for sin is eternal, unending, conscious torment in hell forever because sin is a violation against an infinitely holy and perfect God. That means, if a person commits just one sin in his/her life, then the just and right penalty for God to pronounce is eternal wrath under His judgment in the Lake of Fire.

Romans 6:23-For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Payment = Death

This is truly the bad news! God can not just look at the sin you committed and casually decide not to issue the earned payment. God can not just look at sin and walk away saying "I'll just forget that." Mankind is absolutely dead spiritually and is unable to be saved in and of himself because of his depraved nature. Every single sin you have ever committed must be judged! Every sin in the history of the world will either be punished by Christ or pardoned by Christ. The payment for sin is death--spiritually and physically.
 
Romans 3:26

Just                                                                                                                               Justifier
Mercy
Amnesty
Payment

The good news of the gospel is that, if you believe upon Jesus Christ, every single sin you ever committed, past, present or future, was judged. However, it was judged to Jesus Christ 2000 years ago.

How do you get this great sacrifice credited to your account? In other words, how do you know that all your sins can be forgiven--in full?

Referring back to Romans 3:26, we see that God justifies all that believe. This belief is not a mere intellectual assent, that is, a knowledge that Jesus Christ "once existed" as a good man. Additionally, this belief is not a sheer temporal faith where you trust in God only in the bad times in life for His deliverance. The beliefthat Romans 3:26 refers to is a fervent, deep, constant, habitual trust that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on calvary's cross was enough to cover all the sins of believers. In essence, true saving faith results in a substitution. The believer's sin is credited to Jesus Christ on the cross and the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is credited to the believer's account! This is how radically depraved sinners can be right and stand blameless before God Almighty. It is only through Jesus Christ as the sinner's advocate.

The plan is perfect, and requires that you acknowledge you're a sinner and that you are in need a savior because you are totally unable to save yourself and present yourself before a Holy God. You then believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is enough to pay for all your sins. This, then, will inevitably result in a life of holiness and good works because the old, sinful nature has gone and a new, Spirit-indwelt nature has come!

That is it! It is so simple that all manmade religions have stumbled over it for centuries. Man relentlessly tries to add good works of some kind. Good works cannot ever save someone! Good works do not merit anyone before a holy and just God. To be sure, after the sinner believes, good works will certainly come as the new Christian grows in Christlikeness and holiness. You need to come just as you are with all your sins and repent of your sins and believe upon Jesus Christ. The good works are a result of knowing and walking with Jesus. Good works are by no means a way or requirement to come to Jesus for salvation. 

Ephesians 2:8-10  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
A Sinner's Prayer
"Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I know full well that you alone offered an acceptable sacrifice for my sins. I believe you died on the cross for me and I accept the forgiveness earned in that sacrifice. I commit to live my life for Jesus Christ shunning evil and pursuing holiness with your help. In Jesus' Name, Amen."