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If you were to die today, do you have assurance that you would receive eternal life? Romans 1:16 says: “…the gospel of Christ … is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes.” It is God’s good news to give you assurance of eternal life.
But to appreciate the good news, you must first hear the bad news. Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In our hearts all of us know this is true. We have all sinned. The bad news is that “the wages of sin is death” – Romans 6:23. All of us have sinned, and as a result we all deserve to be eternally separated from God. You and I deserve this punishment.
But the good news is also found in Romans 6:23: “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Who can give us this gift? Only Jesus Christ. Why? Because “God commends His love toward us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8. Christ paid our debt for us. He did not sin, yet he suffered as though he had sinned. We deserve to be punished, but we can receive eternal life because Jesus suffered for us.
How can you have assurance of eternal life? By believing in Jesus enough to do what He says, so you can receive forgiveness through His death. “Know you not that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:3,4
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