Who Am I
Following is the first installment of a weekly devotional we will be posting on all of our blogs and web media. For some, this first installment will remind you of the simplicity and joy of the Gospel. For others, it will be the door to a new life and perspective…
Who Am I?
“I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Thy works and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Ps. 139:14
I am one of a kind. There is nobody else just like me. In spite of this, there is one problem with me: I was born with a sinful nature. This means that I will do sinful things. The Scriptures teach this truth very clearly:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” – Romans 5:12
When a person is honest with himself or herself, he or she realizes how truthful this statement is. We do practice sin. No matter how hard we try not to, we inevitably find ourselves involved in sin. What is the end result of sin? The Scriptures also address this question:
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die but after this, the judgment.” – Heb. 9:27
Within man is the knowledge that he cannot sin and get by with it. Sin continues to do its work in our lives, until it brings forth death. Man may think that he has sinned and gotten by with it, but then death occurs. After that, there is the judgment that takes place before the bar of God.
Is there no hope for the forgiveness of this burden of sin? Praise God, there is! It is not good works that atone for our sins. Instead, it is a free gift of a gracious God, Who is not willing that any should perish:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast, but through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross of Calvary for our sins!” – Eph. 2:8-9
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world, though Him, might be saved.”
– John 3:16-17
Christ paid the price for our sins that we could not pay. He willingly died on the cross to make us righteous before God the Father.
How do I receive Christ as my Savior?
First, one must realize that they are a sinner. He must then confess his sin andask God to pour on him His saving power. Until we are willing to confess the fact that we are sinful and in need of a Savior, then we cannot be saved from our sins. But when we agree with God that we are sinful by willingly confessing our sins, then God is more than willing to forgive us our sins. The only other choice is to do nothing and then stand before God at the day of judgment and try to explain to Him all of our sins.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.”
– Romans 10:9-10
Who am I? I am a creation of God, but I have a sinful nature, and I practice sin. In spite of this, God loved me and sent His Son into this sinful world to save me. If I trust Him for the forgiveness of my sins, He will forgive me of my sins and give to me the gift of eternal life.
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