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Three realities must be acknowledged before God will offer eternal life to any person.

We don’t need to open up the Bible to realize that evil is epidemic in the world. It’s even readily observable in each of our own hearts: “for all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). What we may not realize is how God views even the smallest misdeed or indiscretion in our lives; He calls it sin. For instance, if one might live a nearly perfect life, one in which during 80 years of life only one sin was ever committed (like lying once when you were six-years old), that person is still a sinner before God and must be judged: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). And the problem with being guilty of sin is that, according to God’s holy standard, the punishment is death: “death passed upon all men for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

The first step in turning toward God is coming to the place where you are willing to readily agree with God concerning the reality of your personal sinful condition. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The truth of the matter is that God will not give anyone eternal life until each person is willing to admit his or her sinful condition to Him. The first reality that must be acknowledged is that you have sinned and deserve punishment because of that sin.

The second reality that must be acknowledged concerns Jesus.

Hope Baptist Church
PO Box 2481
Loveland, CO 80539
Email: info@hopebaptistcolorado.org

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