God is eternal and has always existed. He is independent, lacks nothing in Himself. God is holy and is so pure that nothing imperfect can stand in His presence. He is just, and is always doing what is right, as He Himself is the final standard for truth. But God is also gracious and merciful.
Humans, who are created beings are made in the image and likeness of God. They are therefore unique among all other creatures. We are dependent upon Him for our existence and purpose, which is to worship and enjoy Him forever. Although we were created in His image, every person has rebelled against God, refusing to acknowledge and honour Him as He deserves.
Each person has rejected God, and is guilty of what the Bible calls sin, which is a transgression of God’s law – summarized as loving God and loving others. And none of us has followed this as we have been commanded. By birth and by choice, every person has violated Christ’s Law and stand before God condemned for our disobedience. In his holiness and justice God cannot and will not leave sin unpunished, and just one violation of His Law is sufficient for judgment. The punishment for all guilty lawbreakers is the second death in the Lake of Fire where they will face the wrath of God for eternity.
God in his justice demands payment for sin, but in His mercy invites sinners to forgiveness. In His compassion, God has made a way for condemned humanity to be saved by the life, death, and resurrection of his son Jesus Christ. It is on the cross where God satisfied His justice for sin and demonstrated His love for sinners.
Jesus Christ, God the Son, came into the world as a man to live in perfect obedience to all the commands of God the Father, and to die the death required to pay for sin. On the cross, Jesus set sinners free by taking on their punishment for sin.
Three days after His crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead, and in so doing defeated sin and death, earning eternal life for those who put their trust in Him. His resurrection is God the Father’s approval of Christ’s redeeming work.
The only way to respond to the Gospel is with repentance and faith. Repentance is a heartfelt sorrow for sin, a renouncing of it, and a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ.
Faith unto salvation is trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and for eternal life with God.
It’s only when we repent (turn from sin) and turn to Christ (faith) that we are saved.
A Christian who is truly born again of the Holy Spirit is a new creation who will live a life that reflects God’s radical work of re-creation. Assurance of salvation is based upon self-examination in the light of what the Bible says to be true about those who have eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Practically speaking, this means he or she will continue to grow in love for God and others, they will want to share the truth of the Gospel with people who don’t know Jesus, they will hold fast to sound doctrine, hate sin, and increasingly display the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Genesis 1:1; Psalm 7:11-12; 89:14; 145:8-9; Isaiah 5:16; Habakkuk 1:13; John 14:6; 17:17; Acts 17:24-25; Hebrews 12:29; 1 Peter 1:16
Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 86:1-17; Romans 1:1-3:23; 5:12; 11:36; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 10:31
Psalm 51:5; Proverbs 17:15, Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:1-7:29; 22:36-40; John 3:18; 13:34; Romans 3:23; James 2:10; 1 John 3:4; Revelation 20:9-15
Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:22; 1 John 4:8-10
John 1:1,14; Romans 3:23-26; 4:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Isaiah 55:6-7; Romans 7:15, 24; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:1; Acts 3:19
Matthew 7:16, 22:37-40, 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 13:15; 1 John 1:5-10, 2:3-4, 9-11, 15-17, 24-25, 3:10, 4:13, 5:13; Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrews 12:50b