How can you receive God’s forgiveness for your sin?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Will God forgive and accept me if I try to live a good life? No. Will God forgive and accept me if I join a church? No. There is only one way to find forgiveness.
Jesus Christ offers forgiveness of sin and eternal life in heaven to all those who believe in Him. What does it mean to believe in Jesus? The Bible teaches us that belief involves two things: repentance and faith.
What is repentance and faith?
What does it mean to repent of your sin?
To repent literally means to do an ‘about face’ – to turn around and head the other way. With regard to sin, it means to begin hating sin as God hates it. It means to stop condoning and excusing sin and to begin eradicating it from your life.
Does this mean you will never sin again? No. As long as you are in this sin-contaminated world you will struggle with sin. But repentance demands a change in your attitude toward sin. Sin must become something you fight against, at all cost, to your dying day.
What is saving faith in Jesus Christ?
Saving faith requires that you believe the facts about Jesus Christ – that He is God in the flesh, that He was born of a virgin, that He lived a perfect life, that He died for the sins of the world, and that He rose from the dead.
But the Bible says that the demons believe all the facts about Jesus Christ, and yet they will be condemned to hell one day. So saving faith requires something more. It demands that you trust Him to save you – that is, that you depend on Him alone. I can believe that a chair exists. I can even believe that it will hold me up. But I have not put my trust in the chair until I have actually sat on the chair. It is not enough to say I believe that Jesus really existed and died and rose from the dead. I must rely on Him, and Him alone, to rescue me from the punishment of sin.