1. We are all sinners.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
God's standard is perfection, and none of us can measure up to a perfect standard.
2. There is a consequence for sin.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Sin comes with a big price tag - and the payment for that price tag is death. Because of our sin, we are separated from God.
3. We are enslaved to sin.
Our world is full of addictions, New Year resolutions, and self-help books all because we are in bondage to sin! All sin must be removed in order to meet God's standard of perfection, but we struggle and often fail to remove just one sin!
4. The good news - Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "He (God) has made Him (Christ) Who knew no sin, to be made sin for us. So that we can be made the righteousness (perfection) of God in Him"!
5. His payment is offered as a free gift to all!
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "for by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast".
How do you receive a gift? You must take the giver of the gift at his word!
Receive the gift of His payment by believing Him, and receive the gift of His righteousness (perfection) by believing Him!