The Truth of the Matter

Every person needs to have a right relationship with the God who created us (don’t believe the lie that you came from a monkey or goo. God made you, loves you, and is now trying to get your attention).

Perhaps in your own heart you have tried to explain away spiritual things, convincing yourself it’s all superstition or fairy tales but the questions just won’t go away. Do you know why they won’t go away? Because God created in every person the need and desire to know the answers… this need is evidence that God exists, and is reaching out to you.

You need to be “saved.”  Perhaps you don’t understand that religious phrase. Let’s take a look.

To be saved means to be rescued from some impending harm. You cannot really desire to be saved unless you are convinced there is something that you need to be saved from. Saved from what?

The nutshell is this: you are a sinner. The God who created you doesn’t tolerate sin. Like a righteous human judge doing his duty, pronouncing punishment and penalty on wrongdoing, the Judge of the Universe – God – must pronounce eternal judgment on all those who have violated His perfect Law. That’s the bad news. The good news is that God also has provided a way for us to be forgiven for those violations (sin).

But I’m a good person.

Are you really a sinner? Most people would answer, “no, I’m a good person.” Hmmm… let’s put that to the test.

  • Have you ever lied? Ever, even once? How many lies does it take to be a liar? One. You’re liar. So am I.
  • Have you ever stolen, cheated on your taxes, been lazy at work? You’re a thief.
  • Ever lusted? Ever take God’s name in vain (“g*dd*m**t) or used His name casually (“oh my god”)? Ever hated someone? Even once? That makes you an adulterer (Jesus said lust is equal to adultery in your heart), a blasphemer (using God’s holy name without proper reverence) and murderer (Jesus said to hate your brother is the same as wanting to kill him).

See what I mean. You are not “good.” You’re a lying, stealing, blaspheming, murdering adulterer (and that’s just a start. We aren’t even halfway through the 10 Commandments). You’re a sinner. I’m a sinner. We ALL are sinners. We all have a very real need for forgiveness by God. That’s what “being saved” means. We need to be saved from God’s righteous pronouncement of “GUILTY!” and His just sentence of “DEATH” for our sin. Just like a good human judge will pronounce “guilty!” and a penalty on someone is who has broken the law, God The Perfect Judge will do the same. Makes sense, huh?

God mercifully provided a way for us to be saved. It’s free but will cost you everything. You don’t have to earn it but you must give your whole life for it. You can’t demand it but you must ask for it.

Here are seven truths to help you find true Christian faith for yourself, based upon what God says in His Word – the Bible.

  • God Loves You: …God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • You Are in Trouble: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” — “You [God] are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with You the wicked cannot dwell.
  • Sin Brings Disaster: The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • God Has Provided the Answer – a Savior: God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Repent* of Your Sin and Turn To the Savior, Jesus Christ: Turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus — To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
    *To repent means to “turn away from”. It means to be sorry for your sin and truly not want to do it anymore.
  • Believing in Jesus & Receiving the Savior by Faith Gives
    Eternal Life: 
    This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life — If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • Now Is the Time to Receive Him and Respond in Obedience:
    Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. — Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

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Do you know what “praying” is? It just means to talk to God.  If you have finally realized you are a sinner and need to be saved, talk to God and ask Him to forgive you. Tell Him you believe Jesus died to pay for your sins, and you want to stop sinning. Thank God for this.

Now go and find some other Christians who are serious about their faith in God and believe the Bible. Ask them to show you what God would have you do next. The Bible says we authenticate our salvation by our obedience – doing what God says. Other mature Christians can show you what God would have you do now, such as being baptized and meeting with other Christians regularly.

Your decision of what relationship you want with God is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. If you have questions, or need help finding Christians in your area who can talk to you further, don’t hesitate to email me: brent@brentriggs.com

Look up these Bible verses where God says many of the things I’ve written above: John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Psalm 5:4, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Acts 20:21, John 1:12, I John 5:11-12, Hebrews 3:7-8, Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38.

I’ve adopted “The Truth of the Matter” from things I’ve read over time. Any similarity is not meant as plagiarism but rather just a choice to communicate this important truth in the best way possible. I’ve lost track of what part of this came from where, or what is my own.