When Christians talk about “getting saved” or “being born again” or “the gospel,” what they are really talking about is making peace with God.
God wants to have a relationship with us.
Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that this is what he wants. Consider these verses from scripture:
“And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30
God wants to have a close relationship with us and wants us to love Him in return.
Man breaks that relationship by sin.
In the Garden of Eden, man chose to break the only law that God gave. When we break God’s law, the Bible calls that sin. When man chooses to sin, he is refusing God’s authority, challenging God’s good intentions, and destroying his relationship with God.
The Bible teaches us that we have all chosen to sin:
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
The consequences of sin are death and eternal separation from God in Hell.
Unfortunately, there are consequences to choosing sin over God. The Bible teaches that when man first sinned, he hid from God. Like the uneasy feeling we get when we know we’ve let a friend down, something inside of us knows we have no business having a relationship with God when our own heart has chosen to reject His law.
But it goes farther than just a mere broken relationship: The Bible teaches that because of our sin, not only are we separated from God on this earth, we will also suffer eternal separation from God in God’s place of judgement - Hell.
“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Revelation 20:14
We can’t fix our relationship with God by ourself.
Many people have attempted to take this relationship into their own hands and have sought to bridge the gap between them and God in their own ways. Religion, good works, and morality are all examples of man’s attempts at fixing their relationship with God.
God’s Word says that our works of righteousness are disgusting to God and that our attempt to live by the Law will not fix our relationship.
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” Isaiah 64:6a
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20
God sent His Son to die for our sins and repair that relationship.
In order to fix His relationship with us and offer a way of forgiveness to us, God had to punish someone. This someone had to be a man so He could be our substitute and had to be more than a man so He could be the substitute for us all. God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life we could not live and take God’s punishment for our sins on the cross.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;” 1 Corinthians 15:3
We must accept and believe what Christ has done for us by faith
In order for our relationship to be restored, we must put our faith in what the Lord Jesus Christ has done on our behalf, trusting Him and not our works, to save us.
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31