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The Meaning of Salvation

“What kind of King would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart? What other heart would let itself be broken every time till He healed mine?”

“But God shows His love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

God’s love is far more than any mortal man can grasp or imagine, yet people have asked me,

“If God’s so loving why would He send good people to hell?”

In the beginning God created a perfect world

(Genesis 1:31, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”)

He entrusted Adam and Eve to care for the earth and gave them but one restriction…

of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you don’t eat, for in the day you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

Given the consequences of disobedience Adam and Eve still chose to disobey God and sin entered the world.

Romans 5:12 says…

just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to all men because all sinned.”

…and now all of the world was cursed by man’s sin.

As the Bible states in Ecclesiastes 7:29…

Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.”

When we look at the nature of humanity, we can see that,

“As it’s written: “There’s no one righteous, not one;” (Romans 3:10).

Since the moment that one enters the world they are born in sin and have climbed aboard the train to hell. God sent His only Son to be the escape, to save mankind from their destructive road to hell.

John 3:16-18 says…

“For God SO loved and the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him won’t perish but have eternal life. For God didn’t send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that through Him the world may be saved. He who believes in Him isn’t codemned, but He who doesn’t believe is condemned already.”

God gave man a free will to choose to obey Him or to deny Him, man choose the latter.  So as a punishment for Adam and Eve’s sin, the entire world was cursed.

Yet Lamentations 3:33 says…

For He doesn’t afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.”

And in Ezekiel 33:11…

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.”

Pain, sin, and death were brought into the world by one man’s choice to disobey God.  But as in one man’s sin entered the world (Adam), so did one Man’s act of love saved the world from sin (Jesus).

Well then, as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men.” (Romans 5:18)

So the answer to the question…

Why would a loving God send good people to hell?

God isn’t sending anyone to hell, man choose with their God-given free will to continue in their sin and wickedness, denying Him and His love for them.

God longs for the whole earth to join Him in paradise, that’s why we, as Christians are to go and make disciples of all nations! (Matthew 28:19)

When coming to Christ, you are stating that:

  • You no longer want to be in control of your life (Which you really aren’t).“

    In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” (Ephesians 1:11)

  • You’re a sinner in need of a Savior

    “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

  • That Jesus is Lord

    Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” (Isaiah 44:6)

  • That He came and paid your penalty, death

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

  • That you believe that He is coming back and that you want to be with Him forever

    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3)

  • And that you will live for Him, declaring His name and making disciples of all nations

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

When coming to God, full repentance is turning from your sins and turning to God. No sin is ever too great that if repented for, God will not forgive, and not only forgive but when He was raised from the dead He justified sin, wiping it white as snow! God’s forgiveness isn’t just a band aid that covers the sin and it’s still there and remembered, but it is healed and wiped away as it never happened.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38-39)

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