God's original The tension in the BIble is seen because of the brokenness created by sin entering the world through pride and selfishness. When that happened, the best of the relationship with God was broken. He still desired relationship with mankind but sin's brokenness caused men to seek sin and selfishness instead of God.
God's plan from the beginning was to send His Son, Jesus to be the perfect, divine sacrifice for the sin of mankind. Jesus died upon the Cross of Calvary to save us from our sins and open the doorway to heaven once again.
John 17:3 says, "And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
Sin's Brokenness caused death, both physically and spiritually. Death caused separation from God, and because of our weakness and spiritual death, we cannot repair the damage. Sin can only be redeemed by God. Jesus came to be that redeeming sacrifice. He died for sin once and for all. The story of Jesus may be called The Gospel. Through the Gospel, we can repent, or turn away, from sin and believe through faith that Jesus is Lord, leading to salvation.
Hebrews 9: 27-28 says, "And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him."
Mankind has some evident freedom, but that freedom is not enough to buy or earn our heavenly reward. That is why Jesus came. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Grace is something that we cannot earn, and something that we do not deserve. God's grace comes to us as a gift revealed in Jesus. Notice two things: first, "not by works" means that we cannot earn this grace. It is grace - not deserved or earned. The verse also says "by grace through faith." The Holy Spirit of God works within us so that our hearts and minds are spiritually awakened to the grace of God offered in Jesus. When our minds are opened by God, we can understand and trust Jesus through faith.
We can see our brokenness all around us. When we understand that Sin caused the world's brokenness, and understand that the Gospel of Jesus can redeem broken man, we can then see a path to restoration and recovery. The Gospel helps us recover physically and redeems us spiritually.
Romans 10:9-10 says, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved." Jesus is offered as a the perfect sacrifice and through faith mankind believes only in Jesus and is saved through his once-for-all sacrifice on the Cross.
How do we do this? Through prayer. Please understand that it is not the words of the prayer or the prayer itself that saves you - it is the power of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves us!! With that in mind, if God is opening your heart and mind and you believe that Jesus is Lord and died for your sins, you may pray something like this in your own words.
"God, I can see that my life is broken and that I need You. I need you because I am a sinner and my sin separates me from You. I know that I need Jesus. I believe that Jesus came to live, die and was raised from death to life to conquer death and sin. I believe that His resurrection and new life allows us to be rescued from our sin and be saved. God, please forgive me of my sin and selfishness. I place my faith in You for life now and life eternal when I die. I believe that Jesus is Lord, and I will follow Him as long as I live."
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