Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
-- Mark 5:36
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The adage still applies: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But don’t get too discouraged when your Q-Ray ionized bracelet doesn’t re-magnetize your nervous system and bring you back to perfect health. There really IS a life-changing solution out there that exceeds all human expectations. God’s plan for salvation will remove the ugliest, hard-to-remove sins from anyone’s soul. And the price is right:
It’s FREE to anyone who asks in faith.
It’s also the answer to a problem that’s as old as mankind. We can read in the first few pages of the Bible how sin and death entered the human experience when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and were exiled from their perfect existence. Ever since, we’ve all fallen far short of our Maker’s perfect standards and are unworthy of approaching Him through our own good deeds. So what should we expect in return?
“The wages of the righteous is life,” we read in Proverbs, “but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
What’s even worse is that this death is more than spiritual. It’s an eternal existence in hell with no hope of escape. But the choice is ours. If we refuse to follow Him during our lifetime on earth, He won’t force us. But that also means we won’t be with Him after we die. And it’s forever too late at that point.
To the rescue comes perhaps the most famous passage of the New Testament, John 3:16.
“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.”
It sounds so easy…maybe even too good to be true. But these simple words summarize God’s perfect solution for delivering us from an eternity in hell and replacing it with a joyful existence with Him. The cost to offer it to us was more than we could ever pay on our own. But through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the price was forever paid. And that means our salvation is just a prayer away.
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