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Paying The Price
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose from the dead.
The shortest way to state the Gospel message is as follows: Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. Those 10 words are simple yet so profound. While it is true that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)," it is also true that, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)."
If a person were to offer you a gift, let's say a nice pen, it would not be yours apart from receiving it. The offer is real and right there for you to hold, yet unless you receive it, it is not yours.
Similarly, God's offer is available to you right now. How do you receive that gift? John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."
You receive God's offer of salvation by believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior, that he died for you and rose from the dead. This is an act of faith (faith can be defined as: believing having not yet seen). Romans 10:8-9 says, "This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Even now, you can pray and tell God that you believe. One simple prayer follows the idea of: ABC. In your own words Admit to God that you are a sinner. Tell God that you Believe in His Son, Jesus, as your Savior. Confess to others that you believe.
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