Imagine if you were a great painter and you spent months and months painting a masterpiece. Imagine if after you were done someone just came along and took credit for the artwork. That’s exactly how the Bible describes the relationship between mankind and his creator. In Genesis chapter one, it states that God created all mankind in His image to reflect His glory. But instead of giving glory to God, mankind began to take credit for what He had done and robbed Him of what rightfully belonged to Him.
Romans 1:18-23 states that God’s imprint was clearly stated in all of creation but man chose to worship the creation rather than the creator. As a result of this rebellion, the Bible says that God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. All mankind as a result will one day face a Holy God who will demand justice for this injustice against Him. In Hebrews 9:27, it says that in as much as it is appointed for all man to die once but after this comes judgment. This is the state of all mankind (Rom. 3:23).
But the good news (gospel) is that God chose to have mercy on us and chose to provide a way for sinners to be released from this judgment. In John 3:16, God says that He loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus paid for the sins that we deserved in order that we may be reconciled to this holy God. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:20). But to receive this gift and be forgiven of our sins, the Bible calls all men to repent and acknowledge their sins before God. If we do so and ask for forgiveness, God who is faithful and just will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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