After over 65 years of ministry we have developed the top 27 questions people ask us so we would like to share these questions each week for our weekly blog and share the answers as a resource for you all to use in your ministry, churches, and family.
Top ? #1 Can God Save Me Even After the Things I Have Done?
Answer: Yes, God will give eternal life to anyone that believes the gospel message that Jesus Christ died for their sins and was raised from the dead.
Many people are worried that they have committed sins that are so bad or have lived in such an evil way that they could never be saved. Some people believe that there are sins that are unpardonable and if they commit such an act they are beyond forgiveness.
The Bible clearly teaches that Christ’s death was sufficient to pay the penalty for any sin we commit. The verses in scripture that teach about the power of Christ’s death and God’s forgiveness of sins are clear: Christ’s death paid for all the sins of everyone.
People often think that certain sins are worse than others and therefore, it takes more for God to be able to forgive them. From a human perspective it is true that certain sins are more serious. People make this distinction because we are forced to live with the consequences of sin, therefore we consider certain sins worse than others because some have greater consequences. For example, a murder takes away a human life, a much more serious consequence than someone that steals a small amount of money. Therefore, because of the varying results of peoples’ sinful behavior it is necessary for humans to have varying degrees of punishment.
From God’s perspective sin is any act, thought or attitude which opposes His perfect Will. Because God is completely righteous and holy He must punish anything that goes against His nature. Likewise, when God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay for our sins, his death was a perfect sacrifice. It satisfied the righteous demands of God’s justice. To say that Christ’s death cannot save us is to say that what he did on the cross was somehow insufficient and lacking in power. Yet the Bible tells us that Christ’s death was a perfect sacrifice, able to pay the penalty for all our sin.
One of many examples in the Bible of someone that received eternal life despite having committed serious sins is Paul the Apostle. Before becoming a Christian his name was Saul and he was one of the greatest persecutors of the believers in Jesus. In 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul said, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” Clearly Paul believed that Christ’s death was sufficient to save anyone.
Please read the following verses: 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:14; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 3:21-24;