Two reasons you should come to Him just “as you are”, not matter “how good or bad you think you are” (Part 2 of 2)

img-thingReason 2: We cannot change what we are by nature…it’s what we are! Click here for the first reason.

Romans 3: 21-24 – But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all those who believe. For there is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. [21st century King James Version]

Romans 5: 11-19 – And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [KJV]

We saw previously that the first reason why we should come to Jesus-Christ just like we are is because, where it matters, we are actually all the same, sinners! Now, here are some questions. Can a snail change itself into a tiger? Can a man change himself into a butterfly? Of course not! Why? Because this is what they are. They cannot change their nature. No matter how the snail may wish to be a tiger or the man a butterfly, it just won’t happen, because they do not have the power to do so. It is the same for all of us. As long as we have not accepted Jesus-Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are sinners, whether we like it or not, and no matter how hard we may try to change it. It is our nature and we have all come short! To be acceptable to God, we need to change “our very nature”, which is something no one, but Christ, can do for us.

It is important to recognize that it’s our inherent sinful nature that Jesus-Christ completely changes (making us acceptable to God). It is not our character (although accepting Him will now make that kind of change worthwhile)! All is required of us first is to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, that is the starting point. We recognize our sinful nature and recognize that Him and only Him can do something about it. It isfrom that point that any effort we make to live an honorable life starts to count.

Come as you are! It is His business to change you!

Two reasons you should come to Him just “as you are”, not matter “how good or bad you think you are” (Part 1 of 2)

img-thingReason 1: Despite what we may think, we are actually all the same in God’s eyes! There really is NO difference between us.

Romans 3: 21-24 – But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all those who believe. For there is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. [21st century King James Version]

Romans 5: 11-19 – And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [KJV]

These passages give us God’s perspective on who we are, before we have accepted Christ: There is NO difference between us. That is because we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Now, one may ask, “how can this be, since clearly some people are more evil than others?” “How can there be no difference between us?” Looking at Romans 5 give us the answer. Verse 18 states that condemnation came upon all men because of the offence of one. The one in question is Adam, the first man. One man’s sin made us all sinners! It is not the sin you and I committed yesterday that made us sinners…we were born sinners because of Adam.

No matter how good we think we are, and no matter how evil we may believe we are, we are “by nature” sinner, all of us! And therefore, since it is by one man that we became this way, it is also by one man that we are changed, freed from sin, or in the other words “made righteous”. That man is Jesus-Christ who obeyed God, even to the point of accepting to lay down His life. We discuss the second reason in the next article.

Come as you are! You are not any worse or any better than anyone else!