If you have been rescued from the muddy mire of your sins, then the grace of God takes on new heights and depths. We may say thanks when God forgives us for stealing a pen from work or telling a small white lie. But when God forgives us for something far more extreme like sexual sin or violence, then grace takes on a whole new meaning, it makes less sense the more serious the sin. Would God really forgive a murderer? Would God really forgive the pimp or the prostitute? Would God really forgive the pedophile? That last one is especially very difficult to grasp! Yet here is the crazy undeniable truth about grace, when someone turns to Christ with sincere repentance then yes they can be forgiven. This doesn’t seem fair right? One sin can keep a person from heaven no matter how small. ‘I’m a good person’, you may say, ‘I have helped the poor and brought medicine to the sick, I haven’t broke the law of the land and have done the best I can’. Yes the world is full of good decent people despite the amount of bad news, the good people far out number the bad. Here is the sad truth, and we need to really grasp this in order to understand the depths of grace.
The world is full of good people but not a single person is perfect. It takes a perfect record to enter Heaven, yet not one of these good people is good enough to enter Heaven! We may have kept the law of the land (and this is a great thing to do) but we have failed to keep the law of Heaven. When you thought about revenge but never took it, you broke the law of Heaven. When you talked bad about so and so but didn’t say it to their face, you broke the law of Heaven. When you saw someone in need and could help but didn’t, you broke the law of Heaven. When you looked at that person with lustful eyes but didn’t act on it, you broke the law of Heaven.
Now that puts a lot of good people outside of Heaven because one broken Heavenly law keeps a person bound to hell. This is not fair right? How is it possible to get into Heaven then? ‘I am doomed, I am far worse than most people! especially in my thought life, so how can I get to Heaven?!’ And why should I be good if at the end of this life I am bound to hell?! Before we get to the remedy of our predicament, it’s important to note that as someone speaking from a christian perspective we seem to shy away from speaking about hell. Some have fallen to the false teaching of universalism and believe that one day all will be saved. Some believe in purgery, that is the belief that people will go to a hell for a time to pay for their sins and then be released, others believe God is too loving and kind to allow a place called hell for people to end up in. I am sorry to be the one to tell you, hell is real, and it is a terrible place to end up in! If universalism is true then Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross for nothing, if purgery is true then Christ can’t have paid for our sins on the cross and if there is no hell then what did Jesus die for?! Broad is the way to hell, do you know what this means? It means that there are many ways to get there and many people freely choose it. Narrow is the way to heaven, this means that there is only one entry point. Its like a motorway compared to a one way country lane. I think you get the drift right?
So where do we stand as a human race before a holy God who can only take a perfect record for Heaven?
If my record was not swapped for Jesus perfect record the day I believed in Jesus, then I dread to think how long my list of sins would have been. It would be like that filing cabinet from the film Bruce Almighty, it would seem like a small list at first, but when compared to the holiness of a perfect God the list is far bigger than I anticipated. The good news is that Heaven too is real and is far greater than our finite minds can imagine. Take the greatest place on earth along with the greatest feeling and mulitpy it many times over, now we are getting close to what Heaven is really like. Yes, be excited! All the hardship of earth, all the unfair treatments, all the losses and all the pain you have ever been through will be washed away through the blood of Jesus when you stand in heaven. How did you get there? Through Gods grace and your faith. Did you tick all the boxes and do everything right? No, but Jesus ticked every box nessecary for entering Heaven, these ticked boxes are also on your record the day you believe in him.
To understand the depth of grace, we had to understand more of what Jesus has truly saved us from. If we do not realize the horrors of hell and the consequences of our sins, then we would not fully grasp the grace of God. Do not be afraid, only believe! Grace leads us home, God wants none to perish but for all to come to the knowledge of him. Sadly many choose the broad way, I hope that you who read this post up to this point may make a decision to believe in Jesus. Follow the link below after the prayer for what next in your walk of faith.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you now knowing that i am a sinner in need of your saving grace. I sincerely ask you for forgiveness for all the wrongs I have ever done. Please write my name in the book of life and give me your perfect record. Thank you for the cross and your sacrifice for me. I ask this in jesus name, amen.
You may not feel any difference after that prayer, but if you meant it you can trust that you are going to heaven. It is the begginning of a journey. Below in the link are steps for new christians. Please see it as it explains far more for you.
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