“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
God loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you. You see, every person who has lived, is living, and will live is morally tainted. We all lie, cheat, and much worse. The Bible refers to this as sin which we define as anything the violates the moral order established by God in thought, word, or deed. Again, all of us fail in this regard “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
The Son is Jesus Christ, and Jesus came to take the penalty of sin for all people at all times. The penalty for sin is death, and that death is complete separation from God; from all that is good for eternity. Who is going to perish? Everyone who does not believe in the Son. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a)
Jesus, fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life. He came for the express purpose of being a perfect sacrifice so that He could assume the sins of all and pay the price for those sins. He paid our penalty, your penalty so that you don’t have to. When Jesus was crucified, He gave His life in payment for all sins, including yours. The rest of Romans 6:23 states, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The word gift is especially important here. Jesus offers us complete forgiveness of our sins and eternal life in the presence of God by faith alone in Christ alone. If you believe that Jesus gave His life for your sins so that you can have forgiveness and eternal life, you are saved.
Once you have accepted Jesus as your savior, you have peace with God forever. It can never be taken away.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
I invite you now to put your faith in what Jesus did on the cross for you and receive the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life.
If you made that decision, please email me for some additional resources to help you understand your newfound faith better at firstname.lastname@example.org.