“16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to save fallen man from being eternally lost and condemned to hell. The issue to those who reject this Truth is and can only be eternal condemnation. In order for us to believe Who Jesus is (the Son of God) and what He did (die on Calvary’s Cross to pay sin’s penalty to a Holy and Righteous God), we must also believe we are a sinner in need of a Savior.
The proof of our complete and total Redemption came three days later when Christ was Resurrected. If but one sin was not atoned, Jesus would not have been Resurrected. If Jesus Christ was not the spotless Lamb of God; if He had indeed become a sinner as some have claimed, our Lord would still be in that tomb…His Sacrifice would have been rejected by God. Knowing WHO Jesus is and what He has done, there is no doubt as to His Resurrection.
That third day DID come…Jesus HAS risen. Our Lord is not among the dead but the living. He sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God making intercession for those who have freely believed upon Him as their Savior. Simply knowing of Him does not make Him our Savior. I knew my husband before we were married. I believed he was “James Warren”. Believing these facts did not make him my husband. I had to accept his proposal and marry him before he became my husband. We must believe in our heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, not just give a mental nod. The devil will never try to convince a Believer they are saved and a sinner they are lost. However, satan will absolutely attempt to convince the lost they are saved and a Believer that they are not.
To believe in Jesus, we must believe in His redeeming work. To believe in His redeeming work, we must understand our need for redemption which all started with the fall of man. No amount of good works or lack of perceived evil in one’s life can atone for the inherent sin nature afforded all due to Adam’s original sin. There is but one way fallen man is reconciled to God and that is through the Blood of Jesus Christ…for all others their issue remains eternal condemnation.
-Donna Clark Warren