The Bible says that Christ died for all men and that God desires all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-6: “…This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone”).
Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”
But why do we need Jesus? In a word – sin! Satan instigated sin, and sin brings death:
Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…”
The Bible says that our sin separates us from God: Isaiah 59:2 – “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you.”
The Bible also teaches us that sin will destroy our souls: Ezekiel 18:20 – “The soul that sins shall die!”
The Bible says every single person in the world is a sinner: Romans 3:23 – “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:10 – “…There is none righteous, no, not one…”
Life’s greatest calamity, from God’s perspective, is that people die in sin. Forget earthquakes or economic depressions. The ultimate disaster is carrying your sins to your casket.
That’s why Jesus went to the cross – He died so that we can live forever! If our sins are not washed away in the blood of Jesus, heaven will never be our home!
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 Peter 3:18 – “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.”
John 8:24 – “…unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
John 3:35-36: “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand, He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
God views sin as “a godless attitude that leads to godless actions.” The sinful mind dismisses God and does not take God seriously! This lack of God-centeredness leads to a self-centered attitude that says – “It’s my life, so I will do what I want. I will pump my body with drugs and my mind with greed and lust and my nights with lustful pleasure.”
The godless lead a “me-dominated” childish life, a life of “doing what I feel like doing and when I want to do it.”
Romans 1:21-24: “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.” NLT
Sinners will pay a high price for their self-obsession.
Romans 8:8 – “Those who do what their sinful old selves want to do cannot please God.” NLV
Revelation 20:15 – “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
God has made it crystal clear – unforgiven sinners will not be welcomed into heaven:
Psalm 5:4 – “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You.”
Friends, God refuses to compromise the spiritual purity of heaven. So if you lead a godless life, you can expect a godless eternity. Spend a life telling God to leave you alone, and He will. He’ll grant you an existence “without God and without hope” (Ephesians 2:12).
John 20:30-31: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
“If everything was awesome we wouldn’t need Jesus, but because we have Jesus, everything is awesome!”
Ephesians 3:20 – “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”