You and God
Tim Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles to the book of Job, chapter 38, which gives us a comparison of God with man, which is our subject. We will begin reading with verse 1:

Job 38:

1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
17Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
19Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
21Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

The Scripture goes on with this comparison of God with man, but I think these verses are enough to show us that God is infinitely greater and wiser than man. The two most basic of basic Bible doctrines are the doctrine of God and the doctrine of man. In our series so far we have looked at both of these doctrines, but those two doctrines actually only set the stage for this study of the relationship between God and man. Actually, this is a study of the doctrine of salvation because that is the only conclusion we can come to as we compare God and man. Just a surface comparison between God and man will reveal some significant differences between God and man; but to really see the lineup, we have to compare the characteristics of the two even more fully.

Comparison of Man with God

The first thing that we want to look at is a comparison of man with God. Genesis, chapter 1, verse 26, says:

Genesis 1:

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

Then Revelation, chapter 4, verse 11, says:

Revelation 4:

11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

The reason I mention those two verses is that we are going to see that there are tremendous differences between God and man. The chapter in Job that we have just read certainly indicates that, but whatever differences exist are in God's favor. When we say that there are differences between God and man, what we are saying is that God is so much greater than man.

I want us to look at a comparison of the characteristics of God and the characteristics of man that we have studied in our last two lessons and put those two side-by-side and compare them. There are a number of Scripture references that we need to look at. First, God has sovereignty, while man only has free will. Psalm 115, verse 3, speaking of God, says:

Psalms 115:

3But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Sovereignty of God

That is God's sovereignty. He does whatever He wants to do. Man only has free will. Jesus was speaking to the Apostle John in John, chapter 21, verse 18, and He said:

John 21:

18Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

There is a certain time in man's life when man can do what he chooses to do, but there is also a time when others are in control of him—when he is young and, particularly in this verse, when he is old. The next verse of chapter 21 goes on to say, “Jesus spoke this concerning the death that John would die…” When it became a matter of life and death, John would not have control over himself. He would be at the will of others. Man has a certain amount of free will, but not in any way like God's sovereignty.

Absolute Righteousness

Then, God has absolute righteousness. Psalm 48, verse 10, says:

Psalms 48:

10According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

On the other hand, man only has relative righteousness. Proverbs, chapter 14, verse 12, says:

Proverbs 14:

12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

This is not to say that men don't know the difference between right and wrong or between good and bad, but it does mean that as men, we do not have the ability to choose consistently that which is right. Even those things that seem right to us very often turn out to be the wrong way. So man only has relative righteousness, while God has absolute righteousness.

Absolute Justice

God has absolute justice. Deuteronomy, chapter 32, verse 4, says:

Deuteronomy 32:

4He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

God has absolute justice, while man only has what we might call relative justice . Isaiah, chapter 53, verse 6, says:

Isaiah 53:

6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Man just does what he thinks is right.

The Essence of Love

God is the essence of love. I John, chapter 4, verse 10, says:

I John 4:

10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

God is absolute, perfect love, while man is only capable of human love. The whole chapter of I Corinthians, chapter 13, is about love. It is about love by contrast. We can look at I Corinthians, chapter 13, and see how far short we as human beings fall of what God describes as perfect love. So we only have human love, love that fails from time to time, love that is limited and love that grows cold, while God is perfect love.

Eternal Life

God is eternal life. Psalm 90, verse 2, says:

Psalms 90:

2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

God has eternal existence, while man only has temporal life. Hebrews, chapter 9, verse 27, says:

Hebrews 9:

27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Omnipotence

God has omnipotence, all power. Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1, is one of many examples of that:

Genesis 1:

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Man only has limited power. John, chapter 19, verse 11, when Jesus was in one of His trials just before His death, says:

John 19:

11Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

So whatever power any of us have, it only comes from God. We only have limited power and that is at God's discretion.

Omniscience

God has omniscience. Colossians, chapter 2, verse 3, speaking of Jesus Christ as God, says:

Colossians 2:

3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Man only has partial knowledge. Deuteronomy, chapter 29, verse 29, says:

Deuteronomy 29:

29The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

This passage of Scripture is telling us that there are some things that God knows that He has not revealed to us. He has told us everything that we need to know. He has told us things that we can hold on to and claim for ourselves, but there are some things that He calls secret things that are only for God to know. We will not know them until we stand in His presence.

Omnipresence

God has omnipresence. Psalm 139, verse 7, says:

Psalms 139:

7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Man has restricted locale. Jesus said in John, chapter 14, verses 2-3:

John 14:

2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

God is in control of our location and we can't go back and forth to Heaven, although the day is coming when He will take us there. Yet again, in this area of comparison, man falls so far short of God.

Immutable

God is immutable—that is, unchanging. James, chapter 1, verse 17, speaking of God, says:

James 1:

17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God is immutable, while man is vascillating. Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 14, says that God has given us the Scripture and has given us gifted men in the church to teach the Scripture for the purpose that we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine. That describes human beings—tossed to and fro, carried about with every wind of doctrine, first believing this, then believing that. God allows us to become more stable, but God is unchanging, while we as men fluctuate and turn from thing to thing.

Absolute Truth

God is absolute truth. Technically, we speak of this as the attribute of God known as veracity . John, chapter 14, verse 6, says:

John 14:

6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Man is deceitful. We read in Jeremiah, chapter 17, verse 9:

Jeremiah 17:

9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The Righteousness Gap

Here is a comparison of God with man. All of this taken together demonstrates that there is a tremendous difference between God and man. There is a great gap between the best that man can do and God's level of righteousness. I like to call that the righteousness gap . We talk about the credibility gap or the parent and teenager gap, but there is a righteousness gap, and it is between the nature of God and the nature of man. We can see that gap from the various acts that spring from deceitfulness and from partial knowledge and from relative righteousness.

We can look at the way man acts and we can see that he is different from God; but there are many people who try very carefully to control those characteristics, who try to control that deceitfulness, who try to control that relative justice and that limited understanding and in a sense, that is admirable. But even those who carefully control those human characteristics will slip up somewhere along the line because the real problem is the barrier between natures, not just between overt acts. God is of a different nature than we are, and that is the real problem we face as we talk about you and God. Because of that difference in natures, there is nothing that man can do to bridge that righteousness gap. There is nothing that we can do to remove that barrier between God and man. Only God can do that because, as we have said several times, God is the superior Being in this situation.

The Doctrine of Divine Decree

That leads to the next part of our study. Because of all these problems with the comparison of God and man, we need to think about the calculation which took place in the mind of God. It had to do with all the aspects of His nature. God anticipated this righteousness gap, you see. God, in His wisdom, knew that this was going to take place. As we have seen, one of His characteristics is that He is eternal. He existed before man, and He is omniscient. He knew that man would someday sin and this gap would be created between God and man.

But He is also perfect love. So, in love, He came up with a plan to solve the problem of the righteousness gap. His sovereignty gave Him the right and the ability to solve the problem. His omnipotence gave Him the power to carry it out. His omnipresence made it possible for Him to be in Heaven and on earth at the same time in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. So all the attributes of God work together to solve the problem of that gap that exists between God and man. At some unknown point in time, probably years before the creation of man, sometime in eternity past, God decided to solve this problem and He issued what theologians call the divine decree . If you read a theology book or if you hear a lecture on theology, you will hear as the most basic of doctrines, the doctrine of divine decree, the plan that God created as a part of the overall creation of man.

This is stated, not using the words divine decree , but in I Peter, chapter 1, beginning with verse 18. The verses before this talk about the wonderful inheritance we have of salvation. Notice as we read:

I Peter 1:

18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

We will stop our reading with verse 21, and these verses show us that the plan of God predated the human race. Verses 20-21 speak of three phases of God's plan. First, in eternity past, He planned our salvation. Notice the phrase in verse 20: “…foreordained before the foundation of the world…” You see, God knew before He ever created us that we would sin and that this gap would exist between God and man, and He planned what He was going to do about it before the foundation of the world.

Then in the last part of verse 20: “…this salvation was manifest in these last times for you…” That is what I like to call eternity present. You see, we are living in eternity right now. We have eternal life. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, you already have eternal life. Eternal life has already begun. In fact, there is a sense in which everybody has eternal life because everybody is going to spend eternity somewhere. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven and those who have not accepted Him are going to spend eternity in Hell. So it is perfectly legitimate, even though it sounds odd, to talk about eternity present. There was eternity past before the foundation of the world. There is eternity present in this life that we are living right now, and there is eternity future when this life will be over and this earth as we know it will be wiped out and God will create a new Heaven and a new Earth and eternity future will begin. Eternity present is that time in which our salvation was manifested for us by the death of Jesus Christ in verse 20.

Verse 21 says that we believe in God through Jesus Christ, Who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that our faith and hope are in God. Our faith and our hope for eternity future are in God, Peter tells us. So here is God's plan. It was planned in eternity past and executed in eternity present and it will culminate in eternity future. That is the most basic and general summary of the doctrine of divine decree that you will ever hear. A theologian might wince at that brief treatment of the doctrine of divine decree, but that is basically what it is—that God decreed our salvation and He decreed the order in which it would take place. He decreed the means by which it would take place.

You see, salvation is only one part of the plan. Our present day life—eternity present—is also part of the plan of God. I like to use this terminology because we somehow have the idea that when we accept Christ as Savior, then someday we will go to Heaven and when we go to Heaven everything will be like it ought to be. What many, many Christians, even people who genuinely have trusted Christ as Savior, overlook is that eternal life has already begun for us. If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are just as much related to Him right now as you will be when you have been in Heaven for ten thousand years. If you know Jesus Christ as Savior, you are just as much related to Him right now as you will be the day you get to Heaven. We will change when we get to Heaven. We will know more fully. We will have greater understanding and we will be like Him. We will have a glorified body and a lot of things will be different in Heaven, but we are just as much related to Him right now as we will be when we get to Heaven; so there is this eternity present factor that we need to keep in mind, and most of the rest of this series of basic Bible doctrines will deal with that aspect of God's plan.

In fact, it is amazing that many segments of Christianity just ignore the part of the Scripture that deals with how to live a Christian life. They focus so much on how to become a Christian and in many cases they spend all of their preaching time dealing with how to become a Christian and pretty much ignore eternity present. Certainly we want to preach the gospel and explain how to become a Christian, but a great deal of God's Word has to do with eternity present and what to do during this Christian life. How can I keep from sinning and what can I do about it if I do sin? What happens when I die? All those kinds of things the Scripture deals with in terms of eternity present.

The Doctrine of Salvation

The next logical question that comes to mind is, if there is this great gap between me and God and if God has come up with a plan to bridge that righteousness gap, how can I become a part of that plan? This is the doctrine of salvation. I would suggest that you think carefully about this even if you already are familiar with it because what we are going to talk about here is a very simple way that you could explain salvation to others, beginning with terminology that I have already pointed out of the righteousness gap, that gap that exists between God and man because of our sin.

Fortunately, God gives complete divine direction in answer to the question of how to become a part of His plan. First, He gives divine direction for salvation. Of course, there are many, many verses that deal with how to have God's salvation, how to become a child of God, but one of the most clear and succinct is Romans, chapter 5, verse 1. Notice as we read:

Romans 5:

1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Peace is something that everybody is looking for. In the whole world, generation after generation, revolves around a certain sense—a desire for peace, a lack of stress and a lack of conflict. A great many things that we do in life, many things that we acquire as possessions, many things that we invest our time in are an effort, consciously or more often subconsciously, to find peace, an effort to find quietness and particularly to find peace with God. But peace with God is impossible because of the righteousness gap between God and man. Because of this righteousness gap, everybody feels at least a little bit guilty toward God. That is why when the subject of God comes up, unbelievers feel a little uneasy. That is why unbelievers try to come up with all kinds of good works and righteous deeds to sort of appease God and to hope the good outweighs the bad. People who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior have a lack of peace with God, but this verse tells us that we can have peace with God, that we can be made just in the eyes of God, that we need not worry about our sins any longer. We don't have to feel guilty toward God. How does that come about? Notice what He says here in Romans, chapter 5, verse 1:

Romans 5:

1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

How do we have that peace? By faith. What is faith anyway? We use that term all the time. Some unbelievers would describe it as believing something that you know is not true. But Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 1, says:

Hebrews 11:

1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This is a very important verse. That is God's definition of faith. Notice the concrete terms that God uses here—substance, evidence. Then the whole eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews goes on to give us examples of people who heard something that God said or they read the record of something that God had said. In the earlier part of the Bible, they heard the audible voice of God or they heard the spoken word of the prophet. In our time, we read God's Word, but people who heard God's Word acted on it as though it were true. They believed it was true and they acted on it. That is what faith is. Faith isn't just a leap in the dark. The biblical description of faith isn't just a leap in the dark. It is not just saying, “I am going to believe, no matter how ridiculous it seems.” No, faith is to hear something that God says and act on it, assuming that it is true and taking that step.

There is an element of a leap in the dark. There is that leap of faith because sometimes the things that God says to us in His Word or whatever way we hear the voice of God, are very much at variance with our human experience. An example is salvation since that is what we are talking about right now. God says, “If you want to come to Heaven, then you must believe that Jesus Christ paid for your sins.” Our reasoning would be that if you want to come to Heaven, the good has to outweigh the bad. If you want to come to Heaven, then you have to have more good in your account than you have bad, and if the good outweighs the bad, somehow God will be satisfied with you and will let you into Heaven. That is very logical from a human standpoint, but God says, “No. The good that you do doesn't matter because you can't ever do enough good to wipe out the bad. It never will outweigh it.” God says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Faith is to say, “Boy, that doesn't fit with what I would line up, but I will accept that. God says to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and I will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. I will put my dependence for Heaven in what Jesus Christ did on the Cross.”

Faith has that blind leap element, but faith is believing something that God has said and Hebrews, chapter 11, illustrates that again and again and again. Men and women of faith are people who heard something that God said and they assumed it to be true and they acted on it because they believed it was true, even though it was at variance with what they could see many times.

In Romans, chapter 5, verse 1, this faith is specifically in Jesus Christ. So salvation boils down to specifically believing the record about Jesus Christ. That is what faith in Jesus Christ is—to read God's ample written record about Him and to believe that that is true and to put our trust in that which is revealed about Jesus Christ for our salvation. For example:

John 3:

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Faith in Jesus Christ is to believe that record about Jesus, to assume that it is true and to act on it. II Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 21:

II Corinthians 5:

21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

God credited Christ's righteousness to our account and He credited our sins to Christ's account. To believe that message of God and to accept that that is the way to get into Heaven, to get into the plan of God, notice I Peter, chapter 2, verse 24:

I Peter 2:

24Who 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 took our place. He took our sins in His body on the Cross. That is what faith that brings salvation is—to hear or to read the record about Jesus Christ and to believe that and to act on it because we believe it is true. This is why we say that salvation is non- meritorious. It is not based on any work that we do. There is nothing to be proud about believing. Have you ever heard anybody say, “I can believe better than you can believe. I am better at believing than you are.”? There is nothing meritorious about believing. We either do or we don't. There is no merit and there is nothing to brag about in getting into Heaven because it is simply a matter of believing what God has said. We are justified by faith and there is nothing to brag about or to be proud of about faith or believing. We can be thankful that we have the ability to believe. We can be thankful that God gives us the faith to believe, but we can't be proud of that. Salvation, you see, is not based on anything that we have done. It is not a matter of the good outweighing the bad. It is a matter of believing that Jesus Christ paid for our sins.

Divine Direction for Godly Living

That is the divine direction that the Scripture gives for salvation, but let me just mention very quickly because we will be developing this part of it more in detail, it also gives us divine direction for saintliness, for living a godly life. I John, chapter 1, verse 9, says:

I John 1:

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That keeps us in fellowship with God. That keeps us walking at His direction. Galatians, chapter 5, verses 16-17, speaks of the battle that takes place between our sin nature and our new nature. Notice as we read:

Galatians 5:

16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

God gives us divine direction about how His divine decrees are fulfilled in our lives, not only for salvation but saintliness also, and we will be talking about this more in our future lessons.

Counterfeit in the Mind of Satan

The last thing that I want to mention is the fact that Satan can't just stand around and let a wonderful plan like this take root, so it is very important for us to recognize that there is a counterfeit in the mind of Satan. There is the calculation in the mind of God that we have been talking about, the wonderful plan of salvation. But Satan is most anxious that people not understand that plan or if they understand it, they don't accept it, so Satan has come up with elaborate counterfeits. Satan tries to subvert God's plan in countless ways, but it really boils down to one simple thing and that is trying to get people to believe certain things about Jesus Christ, rather than to believe in Jesus Christ. It is as simple as that. That is the counterfeit in the mind of Satan. Satan does not mind our talking about God at all. Satan does not mind our talking about Jesus Christ. He would rather that we didn't, but because he has come up with this counterfeit plan, even talking about Jesus Christ is no real threat to Satan because he will get people to think in terms of believing things about Jesus Christ rather than putting faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

This is why we have to be so very careful to explain things such as I just explained—that peace with God comes by faith—because Satan, through the years, has very successfully gotten people to believe that Jesus is an example of those good works that we should do and that if we go about doing good as Jesus did, then we can get into Heaven. You see how close that is. People can say, “Oh yes, I'm trusting Jesus for my salvation,” when they could mean by that, “Jesus is my guru. I am just going to try to imitate Jesus, and if I can do that, surely God will let me into Heaven.” You see how close that is to the truth, yet Satan is not interested in how close we are to the truth. What he is interested in is that we don't believe the truth. Satan is willing to mix nine tenths truth as long as that one tenth of the truth, that essence of the truth—believing in Jesus Christ—doesn't come through.

We talked about the fact that part of the makeup of man is the soul. The soul, you remember, is that part of man that enables us to understand psychological things. The soul enables us to understand the concept of God, and because all human beings have a soul, every human being that has all of his faculties about him can talk about God and can reason about God and so it is very easy for Satan to get people to think pious thoughts and feel secure because they go to church on Sunday and sing hymns and talk about God and talk about helping our fellow man. All of that is well and good, but it doesn't go far enough. It is fine to talk about God and helping others and the Scripture tells us very clearly that we ought to do those things, but you see, if Satan can keep us from talking about the fact that Jesus Christ died in our place, he has accomplished his goal. So we need to be very much aware of this counterfeit plan in the mind of Satan, and as we go about trying to bring others to Jesus Christ, many times we have to undo that counterfeit plan in their minds before we can really get them to understand the doctrine of divine decree. We have got to cut through Satan's counterfeit because he has so successfully perpetrated that counterfeit in the minds of so many people.

The idea that Jesus was a great teacher or that He came to show us how to live, or that because people believe there actually was a man named Jesus, that is enough. You could ask them, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?”, and they could say, “Sure, I believe in Jesus Christ.” But you could just as well ask them, “Do you believe in George Washington?” “Well sure, I believe in George Washington.” We need to be careful, because of this counterfeit in the mind of Satan, how we approach people in talking about Jesus Christ. We can't assume that just because someone says he believes in Jesus Christ, he really means the same thing that we are talking about. We need to be careful that we word our questions in such a way that we are not going on some counterfeit information they have bought and that we really explain to them that the bridging of the righteousness gap is by Jesus Christ. The only promises for the bridging of the gap between you and who you are and God and Who He is are about trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation. “Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Him.” That is how God has bridged that righteousness gap that we can not bridge. Let's be faithful in explaining that carefully to others.

Conclusion

It may be that there is someone who has never put your faith and truth in Jesus Christ. Maybe you have believed a lot of things about Jesus and maybe you have some sense of spiritual security because you believe there was a man named Jesus. You believe he was a good man and maybe you have even tried to order your life in His footsteps, but hear me. Salvation, peace with God, a relationship to God, comes from believing that Jesus Christ died in our place. He took my sins in His body on the Tree and that is what bridges that righteousness gap. There is no other way any of us can measure up to that. Our natures are different. We are fallen creatures, but God has made it possible for us to know Him through Jesus Christ, and now is the time to accept Him as your Savior if you haven't done that already. This is the day of salvation. There is no guarantee of anything beyond today, no guarantee that you will wake up in the morning, no guarantee that you will get home tonight. This is the time to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ by faith as your Savior.

Then for those of us who have believed Him, this is such an essential message for us to get out to others. We ought to be seeking opportunities in all of our relationships to get this message across to those around us.


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