By Damilola Racheal
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but
that the world through Him might be saved.
There’s this movie I saw a year ago ‘Do you believe?’, it’s a story
that tells about individuals from all walks of life who met at the
same junction -the belief junction, believing in a gospel told, that
saved their lives.
A character that fascinates me is one of guy who was involved in robbery, in fact almost got arrested by the police, however the Church
was his Shelter and as life would play out it actually was his SHELTER
as he got to answer the question ‘do you believe? ‘ and was saved, no
5 steps to his saving but just his response to a message of faith.
You see, the common factor of every man is SIN or rather SIN CONSCIOUSNESS, all is aware of sin, hence birthed a want for divinity, all seek intimacy with the sovereign.
‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ Rom3:23
We see this play out in the several sacrifices, fashion of worship,
chantings and craving to be seen as one who is worthy in the sight of
God, However, ‘Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus’ Romans3:24
Hence, the reason for christ’s sacrifice,
He offered himself to remit sins, God in Christ reconciled the world, he paid and dealt with sin and all its consequences, past, present and future.
That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not
imputing their trespasses to them 2Cor5:19
The message would therefore be how that Christ paid it all, how that
Christ died, was buried and resurrected to make the dead man alive.
Hence, all that man would do is to BELIEVE
‘……that whosoever believes’
The message is that simple
And the action is simpler!
The message says :
God loves you, so he paid for sins and has forgiven you : so that you can now have his life ‘
And your response is ‘I believe ‘
As simple as it sounds, it affirms that you believe that the message is true. All that man would do is ‘Faith in the free gift ‘
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever
believes on Him will not be put to shame.”Romans10:10-11
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God -Eph2:8
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ–Romans5:1
The man that now believes will not perish, He is at peace with God.
He is now called the son of God, he is IN CHRIST! GLORY!
The solution to sin, couldn’t have been ‘moral righteousness ‘ as
this wouldn’t bring or make a man one in Christ, however, believing in the sacrifice of Christ would.
Like I said earlier;
The message is simple
And the action is simpler, it is BELIEVE
You can do the same if you haven’t :
He was buried!
And much more rose again!
Hence you are forgiven and free from sin
Do you believe?
I believe in the sacrifice of Christ
That I am saved by grace and accepted in the beloved
I have been justified freely
And I’m at peace with God!