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Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

Ephesians 2:6-7 ” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

God didn’t have to do it.  He didn’t have to send His one and only Son to suffer unspeakable torture and death on a cross.  But God did.  Titus 3:4-5 tells us, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”  It is only because of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy…and His incomprehensible benevolence towards us that we are able to call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High King.    God didn’t have to do it…but He did.

Titus 2:11-12 ” For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present Age…”

I Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  But it also tells us in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature –  have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  So whether we want to admit it or not – we know what’s right and wrong.  God’s unearned and unmerited favor is for all.  But when we reject God’s truth, we become estranged from Him, having no excuse except our selfish Will.

Romans 12:3 ” For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Our Heavenly Father is both benevolent and altruistic when it comes to blessing us.  But we usually take that graciousness and turn it into prideful thinking.  “Look what gifts the Lord has given me!”    I Peter 4: 10-11 reminds us that we are to use those gifts to serve others, not flaunt them in front of people as trophies.  The Apostle Paul warns us here that’s it’s all about our state of mind when regarding our giftings… it’s all about gratitude, not attitude and humility, not vanity.

Romans 10:13 ” Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Here,  Paul is quoting Joel 2:32… showing the readers that there is no difference between Jew or Gentile…God is the same to all people groups.  In Acts 2:21, on the Day of Pentecost, Peter also quoted Joel 2:32 to the bewildered crowd that had gathered after hearing their native languages coming from the apostles .  Both Paul and Peter stressed that anyone could summons God’s help…any race, any gender, any person.  And when that person called on the name of the Lord…they would be heard by God and delivered.   For there is no one that is beyond God’s reach…no one that can’t say, “I need Your help God!” and God won’t rescue.

II Corinthians 6:1-2 ” As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Someday I’ll get right with God.  At some time in the future I’ll give my heart to Him…but not yet.  I’ve got too much I want to do, and I don’t want the rules and regulations of being a Christian to hinder me.  I’m young and I want to just have fun.  Sound like you?  You’ve been holding God at arms length…knowing what you should do, but wanting to wait till you’re “old” to commit.  But consider this – someday may never come for you – your future may end today,  and this is why now is the time to be serious about your eternal salvation.  When we’re young we have this grandiose  vision of immortality, and the future goes on forever…but in an instant…this can all change.  That’s why the Gospel Message is for you today…the forgiveness of your sins is for now, not someday.  Don’t wait until tomorrow to make that decision you know you need to make today…for you may be running out of tomorrows.

Isaiah 63:7 ” I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us – yes, the many good things He has done for the house of Israel, according to His compassion and many kindnesses.”

This verse starts out with the words, “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord”.  The Hebrew word for “tell” here has two definitions – the first  being to remember or reflect upon, the second being to declare or proclaim.  When we stop and reflect upon just how much the Lord has done for us…how many good things He has provided…how merciful and kind He has been towards us – how can we not want to share with others this love?  Ephesians 2:4 tells us, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”  It is only by that unwarranted, unmerited love of God  you are the person you are today through Him.