Who are you?
I don’t mean your name necessarily. . . I mean, what makes you, you?
If we were meeting for the first time, we would both introduce ourselves with the good stuff. We might talk about our hobbies, school, families, jobs . . .
We like to polish our identity up to a high shine, but that’s not the whole story, is it?
David (in the Bible) has a way of writing with a brand of brutal honesty that I love. Here’s one way he answered the question, “Who are you?”:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, I have sinned and done what is evil in your sight (Ps. 51:1–4).
Want to hear my true confession? I’m a sinner, too. So are you. The Bible says that all of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23).
That’s the not-so-shiny truth about who we really are.
The truth is, we are sinners who cannot shake our sin nature. No matter how much we want to or try to, we cannot live sin free.
Sin is described in the Bible as rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7).
Sin had its beginning with Lucifer, probably the most beautiful and powerful of the angels. Not content with his position, he desired to be higher than God, and that was his downfall, the beginning of sin (Isaiah 14:12-15). Renamed Satan, he brought sin to the human race in the Garden of Eden, where he tempted Adam and Eve with the same enticement, “you shall be like God.” Genesis 3 describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and against His command. Romans 5:12 tells us that through Adam, sin entered the world, and so death was passed on to all men…
And the bad news keeps coming . . . For the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).
The cost of our sin is death. Who we are has put us on a path toward destruction.
Because of our sin (anything we think, say, or do that breaks one of God’s Laws), we deserve to be punished by death. We will not be able to have a relationship with God and we will not be able to have a enter Heaven after our earthly life is over.
. . . . .But the story doesn’t end there! That’s where the Gospel (the GOOD NEWS)
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrated His love for us this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Even while we were still in our sin, God looked on us with overwhelming love and
decided to give the most wonderful and underserved gift – He sent His perfect and innocent Son, Jesus, to take our punishment.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus died our death. But He didn’t stay dead! Three days after they laid Him in the tomb, He came back to life! Jesus is the Risen Lord.
Death couldn’t handle Him! The grave couldn’t hold Him!
He defeated the power of death. Acts 2:24 – whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
Your debt has been paid in full. That is, if you choose to accept God’s free gift (Grace– a gift we don’t deserve).
The rest of Romans 6:23 says, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Romans 10:19 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Once we have admitted that we need Jesus to save us and that we can’t do it on our own, believed that Jesus is the only Way to heaven (John 14:6), and confessed our sins to Him and asked forgiveness, God says we are a NEW CREATION (2 Cor. 5:17)
Now that we are a part of God’s unshakeable Kingdom (Hebrews 12:28), we need to share the Good News with others! Mark 16:15
It’s a message we should want to shout from the rooftops! Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Simply put, the Gospel changes everything.