The way Home…

We need to find our way home, and for that we must know what our present condition is.
We must understand that we are separated from God. The chasm dividing us is both wide and deep. We all inherited a fatal defect at birth. As a result, we have lived our lives independently from Him. The Bible emphasizes this stark reality “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If we can’t come to grips with the fact that sin separates us from God, we’ll never come home spiritually, for there is no need for a saviour, if we are not sinners.
Secondly, we need to be very clear in understanding who Jesus is and what he has done for us, so that we might confidently place our faith in him. He bridged the chasm separating us from God. In Apostle John’s words: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus was not just a good man, a great teacher or an inspired prophet. He came to earth as the Son of God. He was born to a virgin. He led a sinless life. He died, was buried and rose again on the third day. He ascended into heaven, where He became both Lord and Christ. Jesus’s death and resurrection, on our behalf, satisfied God’s requirement complete redemption from our sin. This Jesus alone is qualified to be the remedy for our sins.
When God provided us this remedy, we are obliged to respond to Him. We all need to transform ourselves. Personal repentance is vital in this transformation process. Repentance literally means “a change of mind”. It is, to say to the Father, “I want to turn towards you and away from the life, I’ve lived independently from you. I am sorry for who I’ve been and what I have done and I want to permanently change. I need your forgiveness for my sins.”
Many at this point experience a remarkable “washing” from a lifetime’s accumulation of all that can degrade a person’s soul and spirit. Whether or not we sense God’s forgiveness, if we repent we can be very certain that we’re forgiven. Our confidence should be based on God’s promise to us, not how we feel.
We came into a personal relationship with God when we make life’s greatest decision – the turning point referred to earlier. It is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the one who died for our sins, who was buried and was raised from the dead – and to receive Him as our Saviour and Lord. When we believe this, we become God’s children. This is also promised in John’s Gospel : “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God”. (John 1:12)