Romans 6:23 “ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The first step in rebuilding our life is to get saved. We can be saved by repenting of our sin and receiving Jesus Christ into our life as our personal Savior. Jesus can save us from the penalty of our sin, death – eternal separation from God in hell (Revelation 20:14, 15).
Salvation through Jesus Christ is the first part of the foundation that needs to be laid.
1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
To understand salvation, we must understand the bad news and the good news.
I. The Bad News
A. We are all sinners.
The Bible says in Romans 3:10 & 23, “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one:” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Sin literally means “to miss the mark.” Whenever we disobey any of God’s commands in the Bible, we sin.
B. We inherited our sinful nature from Adam.
The Bible says in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden and told him that he could eat fruit from any tree in the garden, except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam chose to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:15-3:24). At that moment, sin entered into the world.
C. We must pay for our sin.
The Bible says in Romans 6:23a, “For the wages of sin is death.”
The payment for Adam’s sin was spiritual and physical death. Although Adam did not die physically at that moment, he began the process of dying – aging. Adam also died spiritually, which meant having a sinful nature and being separated from God.
The payment for our sin is the same as Adam’s. If we die physically in our sinful condition, we will be separated from God for all eternity in Hell! The Bible speaks of this separation in Revelation 20:14 as the “second death.” “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death.”
We are all sinners and because of our sin we are bound for hell. Without some kind of intervention, our fate is sealed. We need a Savior.
II. The Good News
A. Jesus Christ came to pay for our sin!
God loved us so much that he sent Jesus, His Son, to earth to pay for our sins. The Bible says in John 3:16, 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.”
Jesus lived a perfect life; he never sinned at all.
He came to earth to save us, lost sinners, from our sin (Luke 19:10). Because he was the perfect Son of God, he could offer himself as a substitute and payment for our sin. He paid for our sin by dying and shedding His blood on the cross. He bore our sins in His body on the cross. First Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
He died, was buried, and, after three days and nights in the tomb, rose from the dead. His resurrection proves that He is God in the flesh, “For in Him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colosians 2:9).
B. God offers us salvation and the gift of eternal life!
We looked at the first part of Romans 6:23 which said, “For the wages of sin is death.” The second part of that verse, says, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Sin brings death, but Jesus brings life.
The good news is that through Christ’s death, we can now be saved from Hell and have eternal life in Heaven as well as a more fulfilled and abundant life here on earth. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Let’s look at Romans 6:23 again, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life…” The Bible says that the gift of God is eternal life. God offers us a gift through Jesus, His Son. When someone gives us a gift, it is free. We do not have to pay or work for it! We must simply receive it.
Salvation is a gift, not a reward. In order to get the gift, we must receive it. We cannot earn it! The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “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.”
C. We can receive God’s salvation and gift of eternal life.
We can receive God’s gift of salvation by repenting from our sin and receiving Jesus into our heart. We receive the gift of salvation when we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).
We must believe Jesus is the one who bore our sin, died in our place, was buried, and rose again. The Bible says in Roman 10:9 & 10, “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.”
Repentance is very important. Repent literally means “to turn.” True repentance means that we are tired of our sin and desire to change. True repentance will turn us to Jesus. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.”
When we repent in our heart and receive Jesus, we will be saved. The Bible says in John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
God will forgive our sin completely. Hebrews 10:17 says, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
III. Evidence of Salvation
At salvation, God changes our hearts. His Holy Spirit will live inside of us and we will become a new person. We will never be the same again! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Although we will not be perfect, we will be different. Most importantly, we will live eternally with Christ in Heaven!
IV. Eternal Security
Once we are saved, we are always saved. We did not earn our salvation, we received it. Since we did not earn it, we cannot “un-earn” it.
Christ is the one who paid for our salvation, and He offers it to whoever has the faith to receive it. Once we receive it, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and we are saved forever.
John 10:28 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
After salvation, we become the God’s children. When we sin, He will correct, convict, chasten, and maybe even take us to Heaven but He will never take away the free gift of salvation.
If we confess our sin to God, He will forgive us. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1. What is the bad news? We are all s_____________, and because of our sin we are going to h_________.
2. How did we become sinners? A_________ disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit.
3. What is the second death? It is when __________________ ________________________________________________
4. The good news is God is offering us a free gift. What is this gift? E_____________ L_________.
5. Do you have to earn a gift? __________
6. How do you get a gift? By r________________ it.
7. What does the word repent mean? It means “____ ____________.”
8. If I receive salvation will I be perfect? _________
9. If I receive salvation will I be different? _________
10. Could I ever lose my salvation? ___________ Why? Because I did not do anything to e__________ it.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”