For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23
GOD LOVES YOU AND CREATED YOU TO HAVE AN ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
God has demonstrated His love for you
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" John 3:16
"In this love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins." 1 John 4:10
So, why is it that most people don't experience God's love?
BECAUSE GOD IS HOLY AND MAN IS SINFUL
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 2:23 - (Sin is either active rebellion or passive indifference toward God.)
"And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power." II Thessalonians 1:9
"For the wages of sin is death" (separation from God). Romans 6:23
GOD SENT JESUS CHRIST TO DIE ON THE CROSS IN OUR PLACE TO PAY THE PENALTY FOR OUR SINS
He Died For Us
"For Christ also died for sins once and for all, the just for the
unjust, in order that He might bring us to God." 1 Peter 3:18
He Rose From The Dead
"God furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." Acts 17:31
Believing in Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord as an act of our will.
The Bible speaks of this as receiving a gift
"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, that no one should boast."
This person has never responded to Christ's offer of eternal life
If this person were to die today, he would pay the penalty for his sin
His destiny would be eternal separation from God
This person has responded to Christ's offer of eternal life.
If this person were to die today, Christ has paid for his sins.
His destiny would be eternal life with God.