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Do You Trust in Christ Alone?

If you accept that true joy is found in Christ alone, then wouldn't you agree that it is important to learn more about Him?

Dead in Sin

The Bible clearly says that you and I have a problem if we don't have Christ. It says everyone is "dead in trespasses and sins." Look at the following verses:

Ephesians 2:1, "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins..."

Romans 3:10-11, "There is none righteous, not even one, there is none who understands, there is none who seeks after God..."

Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Isaiah 53:6, "All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Jesus Christ)."

Do you see a theme developing here? According to God's Word in Genesis 1-3, Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. From their sin, sinfulness passed to all mankind. This sinfulness separated Holy God from sinful man.

All people fail when they try to reach up to God. All people fall short when they try to "earn their way to heaven" by doing "good works." They are dead, and dead people can't do anything for themselves.

That is why you and I need a perfect, sinless Savior.

You might be saying to yourself, "I'm not that bad. I don't kill people. I don't steal. I tell the truth most of the time."

But the point is that God requires perfect and absolute obedience. He also requires that a punishment be paid for sinfulness. Are you perfect? Can you absorb the wrath of God on all sin?

You and I cannot do that. God demanded a sinless sacrifice. He demanded that someone come into the world and live a perfect and sinless life. Jesus Christ did that. He demanded that blood be shed to satisfy His wrath. That blood sacrifice would only work if it was offered up by this sinless, perfect person. Jesus Christ is that person.

Alive in Christ

The following verses describe who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for you and me:

Romans 5:8-9, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

Ephesians 2:8-10, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as the result of works, that no one should boast; for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

I Peter 2:22-24, Jesus Christ "committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth...and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."

2 Corinthians 5:21, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

The Bible make it very clear that sinners can come to a Holy and sinless God, not on the basis of their own goodness, but on the basis of the sacrificial death and perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. Christ is the mediator between God and man. When you trust in Him, God declares you not guilty forever. He looks at you like you kept His law perfectly and died for your sins. He sees Christ in you.

God lays our sin on Christ and He lays Christ's perfect righteousness on us. He is our substitute!

The Beginning of Joy

When all of this happens in your life, you are then reconciled to God. You can then have a personal, loving relationship with God, and your true joy begins.

For the Christian, life does have a purpose. That purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever! You have begun to seek Him, but you are not finished. It is only the joyous beginning of an eternal life with Him. God the Holy Spirit now lives within you and puts within you a desire to have more and more fellowship with Jesus Christ.

You are in Christ and He is in you. Still, you can grow to appreciate His presence more and more.

Remember what Psalm 16:11 talks about:

"In Your presence is fullness of joy..."

 

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