Sunday, December 19, 2010

Salvation - A New Start

SALVATION — A NEW START
A new creation. A fresh start. For all of us who have ever wished we could start over, this is good news. (2 Corinthians 5:17) However, before we can really appreciate this good news, we need to understand exactly why we need to start over. Why do we need to become a “new creation?” Why do we need salvation?

The Problem: Separation Because of Our Sin

There is an immeasurable gap separating God and man. The cause of this eternal separation between God and man is sin.

Have you ever felt distant from God? We all have. Feeling far from God is very common. Many who sense this vast separation suppose that if they meditate harder, learn more about their religion, or just step into a religious sanctuary, they would be closer to God.

But since our separation from God is not physical or intellectual, neither meditation nor knowledge can bring us any closer to God. What causes the separation between God and man?

The separation between God and man is a moral separation. God is holy; man is not. God is good; man is not. God is just; man is not. All men have sinned; therefore, all are eternally separated from God. All will suffer the consequences of sin, which is eternal death. (Isaiah 59:1–2; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)
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