HOW DOES GOD PUNISH SIN? “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). “The soul who sins, shall die” (Ezek 18:4).

AM I A SINNER? “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). “There is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccl 7:20). “All who depend on observing the Law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who continues not in all things which are written in the book of the Law to do them’” (Gal 3:10).

WHAT DID CHRIST DO FOR ME? DID CHRIST DIE IN MY PLACE? “Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the cross, so that we might die to sins, and live for righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO? “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31). “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved . . . for every one who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:9,13). “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:23). “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who believes not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God: God’s anger and displeasure remains on him continually” (John 3:36).

WILL CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, BAPTISM, OR ANY GOOD WORKS SAVE ME? “For by grace are you saved through faith. And that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8-9). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us” (Titus 3:5).

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? “Repent ye therefore; and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). To repent means to change your mind from serving sin and Satan to trusting and serving Christ as your only Lord, Master, Savior and God. Faith in Christ means that RIGHT NOW, I place all my trust in Him and believe that He will save me! I depend and hope in Him alone for eternal salvation. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father, but by ME’” (John 14:6).
I will trust Christ now! I confidently lean one, rely on, deposit my life, take refuge and dwell in Him forever. I forsake all other man-made ways of salvation, to follow and to make Christ Lord, God and King of my life. I believe in my heart and confess Christ openly. I will not trust in myself! I will believe in Christ NOW!
I can never be lost again after believing in Christ. Jesus said, “I give to them eternal life and they shall never perish” (John 10:28).
God has a plan for my life now that I am a new creation in Christ. I will serve my Lord on this earth and then go to heaven to live with Him forever and ever! (Rom. 8:28, 2 Cor. 5:17).

Joseph A. Teisan
(1931 – 2018)