~ In Reality You Have No Excuse! ~
note: This is one in a series of Biblical answers to objections some individuals raise when presented with the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.
“I will not bother to personally conduct a serious investigation of Jesus Christ because I really don’t need anything—and I certainly do not need a ‘Savior.’”
This is like saying, “I will not bother to personally conduct a serious investigation of Jesus Christ because I am perfectly okay as I am.” Such a response doesn’t stand up to the test of logic. But logic is not the main issue. What does God say?
You Are Guilty Before God ~ “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them’” (Galatians 3:10).
The Penalty of Your Guilt Is Spiritual Death ~ “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
In Your Present Condition You Will Incur the Wrath of God ~ “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).
Refusing to Investigate the Claims of Christ Is No Excuse ~ Jesus said, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
God Has Provided for Your Salvation Making You Accountable ~ “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him” (Hebrews 2:3).
You Cannot Earn Salvation On Your Own ~ As Jesus was teaching He gave an illustration, “‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:12-14).
If You Accept God’s Provision You Will Be Saved Eternally ~ “Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” (Romans 9:32-33).
There Is Only One Path To Salvation ~ “They don't seem to realize that this comprehensive setting-things-right that is salvation is God's business, and a most flourishing business it is. Right across the street they set up their own salvation shops and noisily hawk their wares. After all these years of refusing to really deal with God on his terms, insisting instead on making their own deals, they have nothing to show for it” (Romans 10:3, The Message).
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the [only] way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).
summary: “The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.
So nobody has a good excuse.
What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life” (Romans 1:19-22, The Message).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW