Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Why was salvation even needed?”
So, why do we need salvation anyway? Why couldn’t God simply bring us to heaven in the condition we are in? The answer is found in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned. All of us. None of us is without sin, and our sin causes us to fall short of God’s glorious standard.
God is perfect and pure and holy. Heaven is also perfect and pure and holy. If God were to ever allow any imperfect, impure, or unholy thing into heaven then heaven would no longer be perfect and pure and holy because it would contain something that was not. Since you and I have sinned that makes us imperfect, impure, and unholy and therefore ineligible to be in heaven.
However, God loves us each one of us very much and wants us to be in heaven with Him despite the sins we have committed. In Matthew 18:14 Jesus said, “In the same way, it is not the will of the Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Likewise, in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 the Apostle Paul wrote, “This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Those are just two of the many verses which show us the heart of the Father with respect to salvation. We have all sinned and separated ourselves from Him. But it is His desire that none should be lost. Instead He wants everyone to understand how their sins can be forgiven so they can join Him in heaven for eternity. This does not mean that everyone will be saved, but it does mean that God wanted there to be an answer for the sin problem and therefore a pathway to heaven for whoever would choose that path.
Sin is our problem; it separates us from our heavenly Father. Jesus is our answer to the sin problem. Tomorrow we will see how it is that Jesus solved the sin problem for us and created the way for each of us to have our sins forgiven so we can one day join the Father in His perfect and pure and holy heaven.