DISCOVER 4 SIMPLE LAWS AND SOLVE LIFE'S GREATEST MYSTERY
1. GOD IS HOLY AND JUST
In a civil court, a good judge must punish crime. If he turns a blind eye to justice, then he is corrupt and he himself should be punished.
(Psalm 89:14) "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne, mercy and truth go before your face"
In one ten year period in the US, 63,000 murderers were never brought to justice. These were unsolved crimes. If God turns a blind eye to those numbers, then He is corrupt by nature. It makes sense that if He is good and just, He should be angry with those who have taken the life of others, and He should punish the murderers, rapists, etc.
This is the teaching of the bible that God "by no means will clean the guilty". He will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether it is good or evil. God is angry with the wicked every day, because God hates sin.
2. THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH
(1 john 3:4) "Sin is transgression (breaking) of the law"
1. YOU SHALL NOT HAVE OTHER GOD BEFORE ME
2. YOU SHALL NOT MAKE YOURSELF A GRAVEN IMAGE
3. YOU SHALL NOT TAKE GOD'S NAME IN VAIN
4. REMEMBER THE SABBATH KEEP IT HOLY
5. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER
6. YOU SHALL NOT MURDER
7. YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY
8. YOU SHALL NOT STEAL
9. YOU SHALL NOT LIE.
10. YOU SHALL NOT COVET
Before you say that you have obeyed the commandments, this is what someone would be like if he kept the law- He will always love God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength and love his neighbor as he loves oneself. He never made a god to suit himself (either with his hands or his mind). He has always given God's name reverence, kept the Sabbath holy, honored his parents always and never once has he been angry without cause. He has never hated anyone, had lust in his heart or have illicit sex. He has never stolen even a paper clip, or told as much as a "white lie", and not once desired anything that belongs to someone else. He was always been "pure in heart", perfect in thought, word and deed.
The truth is, we are not like that. We ALL have sinned, many times and therefore we have stored up God's wrath, which will be revealed on judgement day.
The proof that we have sinned will be our death and after death we must face God in judgement. Think of it- if He has seen our every thought and deed, and if He is going to bring all our sins out as evidence of our guilt on the day of judgement, we will all be found guilty. Our conscience has shown us right from wrong. We will be without excuse. God will give us justice and hell will be the place of our eternal punishment, "for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, neither hid, that shall not be known".
3. GOD IS RICH IN MERCY TO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM
(Ephesians 2:4) "but God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us...."
A youth once borrowed a fast car and in a drunken stupor, sped through his home town at 120 mph. Since everything was horse drawn in his country town, there were no laws against speeding. So the council passed a law saying that 60 mph was the maximum speed and that any transgressors would be fined $100 for every mph over the speed limit.
On his way back through the town, the speedster decided to pull the same prank. He was apprehended, tried and found guilty by his father, who was the town's only judge. He was fined $6000 and because he had no money and no words for defense, the youth was led off to prison.
As he sat in despair in prison, his father appeared at the door and told him that he had sold all his own prized possessions and paid the fine for him. The son couldn't believe that he loved him that much. They embraced as they never had before and walked off in a new found relationship, bonded together with love.
That's a picture of what God did for us through the Gospel.
We have all broken the law a multitude of times, but God came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ and paid the fine for us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life".
The bible says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord...
Jesus satisfied Eternal Justice, then rose from the dead, so God can grant us eternal life. But just as we cannot earn a gift, so we cannot earn eternal life by our good works. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone boast (take credit).
4. ETERNAL LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST
(John 5:24) "He who hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life".
Life's greatest mystery was destroyed by the One who said: "I am the way, the truth and the life..." the bible says, "He who has the Son has life..." To find the way to God, to understand the truth of God's word and to receive the gift of Eternal life, begin by repentance (confessing and turning away from sin) and through a prayer like this...
1. You have passed from death into life
2. God will richly supply all your needs
3. Jesus will be with you in trials, promising never to leave you nor forsake you
4. The Holy Spirit will lead you in all truth and help you live a holy life
5. You are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. God has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west
6. As you abide in Christ, you will see fruits of His Spirit begin to manifest in your life.
7. As you read the bible daily, it will come alive to you and cause you to grow in your faith
8. When you pray, God will hear and answer your prayers
9. The cross will be a continual evidence of God's love for you
10. God will keep you from falling and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceedingly joy.