Done: What Most Religions Don't Tell You About the Bible - Introduction
Done - Chapter 1: More Than a Body
Done - Chapter 2: The Only Two Religions in the World
Done - Chapter 3: Knowing Where You’re Going
Done - Chapter 4: Birth Defect
Done - Chapter 5: God’s Only Accepted Method of Payment
Done - Chapter 6: Can I Get a Substitute?
Done - Chapter 7: God’s Only Miraculous Substitute
Done - Chapter 8: Paid in Full
Done - Chapter 9: The Greatest Gift
Done - Chapter 10: Believing on Christ
Done - Conclusion: New Creature
The Story of Redemption
The story of redemption is the story of a just and loving God calling lost and rebellious creatures back to Himself. He has been writing this grand and glorious narrative of His goodness and grace since before time began.
We enter into His story at creation. For His glory, God created this world good and peaceful and offered us the opportunity of unbroken fellowship with Himself. However, as Genesis 3 tells us, things went wrong. Through one man’s disobedience, we fell from this joyful state of fellowship. Sin entered our hearts, and with that sin, the world became twisted and fractured.
The harmony and peace that creation once enjoyed was damaged by sin and broken in disrepair. Since that time, God has patiently and purposefully continued the story of redemption. God sent His only Son, Jesus, who came and lived a perfect, sinless life and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sin on the cross. Jesus endured God’s wrath on behalf of sin. It was a dark and horrendous moment of suffering and death, yet peace and beauty and hope burst forth as Christ rose three days later from the grave. What was once broken God restored through His Son. Through Christ we are offered restoration and reconciliation. God takes that which is broken and makes it new. He takes that which is condemned to hell and offers justification instead. The Father invites you into relationship with Him and into the newness of life Christ offers. Will you accept His invitation?
First, realize God loves you…
John 3:16 says, “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.”
Next, realize you are a sinner (we all are)…
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Then, realize that sin has a price that must be paid…
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Realize that Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin…
Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Finally, ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior, believing His forgiveness and promise of eternal life…
Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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