“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Sin is such a negative word, isn’t it? What goes through your mind when you hear this word mentioned? Most people simply think that it is simply something bad that you do. But as soon as you use the word “bad,” you concede that there must be a standard by which bad (and good) are measured. Who says what is bad and what is good?
For brevity sake let me just give you a short definition of sin and thereby also show you who sets the standard for bad or good. Sin, by definition, is everything that is contrary to God. I am talking about the only true God of this universe – – the God of the Bible. And it is He alone who sets the standard for what is right and what is wrong. When we sin, we go against what God has revealed in His Word, the Bible. And, according to John 5:22, He, Jesus Christ, is the final Judge of every human who has ever lived. (Jesus is God)!
Jesus says in John 12:48, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” Believe me, I’m not singling you out! Every human in all of human history was/is born a sinner. And God demands a very steep price – – eternal death (separation from God and appropriate punishment for all eternity).
Boy, these are harsh words, you might say. Is there any way to escape God’s judgment? And the happy answer is “yes!” Romans 6:23 puts it this way, “For the wages (pay for) sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Here’s the offer: Jesus Christ paid for my sin. He shed His blood on the cross in my stead. He fully satisfied God’s righteous demands and thereby gives eternal life to those who will accept His (free) gift, no strings attached.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved from God’s coming wrath. All are sinners, but some are sinners who are saved by God’s grace.