"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
These verses tells us that God loved us so much that He gave His only Son for all who believe in Him to live eternally in heaven. Jesus was not sent to judge us, but provided the way for us to be saved from our sin. We are already destined to be condemned to hell, unless we choose to believe in Jesus Christ.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
According to this verse, no one is perfect, we all have messed up at one time or another. The reason no one is perfect is because of Adam’s original sin in the Garden of Eden. Before the fall of man, God had created everything in six literal days (Genesis 1). Yes, He created the entire universe and everything in it; including the sun, moon, and stars. He created the earth, He created all the oceans, plants, and animals. More importantly, He created humans, in His image (Genesis 2). It was His crowning achievement of creation. But, because of Adam and Eve’s sin (Genesis 3), it corrupted God’s original plan of perfection.
“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
The one man’s offense is talking about Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Sin entered the world through Adam. However, through one Man’s righteous act is Jesus living a perfect life and dying on the cross. Thus, Jesus atoning for the sin that Adam brought into the world.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord."
If you have even sinned just once, your penalty is death. However, God provided a substitute (Jesus Christ) for our penalty, our “free gift”.
"when we were in our sin Christ Jesus came to die for us."
This is why God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross. It was the only way for our penalty of death to be paid in full. Also, Jesus died for all the sin in the world: past, present, and future.
2 Corinthians 5:21
"He who knew no sin became sin for us, that we may be made the righteousness of God through Him."
In the Old Testament of the Bible, the law required a perfect animal sacrifice (shedding of blood) to atone for sin. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life to become that perfect sacrifice for us, to atone for our sin.
How did Jesus never sin? Did not the Bible say in Romans 3:23, that all have sinned. That is why it is so important to realize that Jesus Christ is God, God in the flesh. Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity of God, three persons as one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a
person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he
confesses, resulting in salvation."
The first thing we should learn from these verses is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, conquering death, proving He is Lord. This is the true meaning of Easter (not because of the Easter Bunny or Easter egg hunts).
Also, these verses are saying that you must acknowledge Jesus as Lord and honestly believe in your heart that He died for your sins and that God raised Him from the dead. You also must confess that you are indeed a sinner.
Will you now pray to receive God’s free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ? If you do pray, please tell someone.
Guideline of your prayer:
Acknowledge you are a sinner
Acknowledge that Jesus died for your sin
Ask Jesus to forgive you
Ask to receive Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior.
Note: It is not the prayer that saves you, but the intent of your heart. Jesus knows your heart.