Original text from Bible.org

God's Plan of Salvation

1 John 5:11-12
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath
not life..

This passage tells us that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son, Jesus Christ. In other words, the way to possess eternal life is to possess
God’s Son. The question is, how can a person have the Son of God?
SEPARATION FROM GOD

Isaiah 59:2 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us;
and as for our iniquities, we know them;

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us?
Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible declares “all have sinned and fall
short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Rom. 3:23). In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness
(righteousness and justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man.

Habakkuk 1:13a Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that
deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?.








THE FUTILITY OF OUR WORKS

Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain
acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and non-religious are all in the
same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious
man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not
even one” (Rom. 3:9-10). Added to this are the declarations of the following verses of Scripture:

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast.

Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being
justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life

Romans 4:1-5 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were
justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was
counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that
worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.








No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect righteousness. Because of this, Habakkuk 1:13 tells us God
cannot have fellowship with anyone who does not have perfect righteousness. In order to be accepted by God, we must be as
good as God is. Before God, we all stand naked, helpless, and hopeless in ourselves. No amount of good living will get us to
heaven or give us eternal life. What then is the solution?
God is not only perfect holiness (whose holy character we can never attain to on our own or by our works of righteousness) but He is
also perfect love and full of grace and mercy. Because of His love and grace, He has not left us without hope and a solution.

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This is the good news of the Bible, the message of the gospel. It’s the message of the gift of God’s own Son who became man (the
God-man), lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sin, and was raised from the grave proving both the fact He is God’s Son and
the value of His death for us as our substitute.

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in
the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:








How Do We Receive God’s Son?

Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that has the Son has life.” We can receive the
Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God.

This means we must each come to God the same way: (1) as a sinner who recognizes his sinfulness, (2) realizes no human works
can result in salvation, and (3) relies totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation.

If you would like to receive and trust Christ as your personal Savior, you may want to express your faith in Christ by a simple prayer
acknowledging your sinfulness, accepting His forgiveness and putting your faith in Christ for your salvation.

If you have just trusted in Christ, you need to learn about your new life and how to walk with the Lord. May we suggest you start by
studying through the ABCs for Christian Growth available online at www.bible.org. This series will take you step-by-step through some
basic truths of God’s Word and will help you build a solid foundation for your faith in Christ.  You may also wish to visit a church that is
local to you, find a church that is teaching the Gospel of the Bible and the Word of God from the Bible. 

If you are close to central Arkansas area then you are always invited to attend here at Crystal Hill Baptist Church.
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