- All men are equal and are equally guilty before our creator.
Understand that you’re guilty of breaking God’s Law and what that means for you. The Bible says we’re all sinners (Romans 3:10,23), and that sin can be defined by breaking His commandments (1John3:4). It’s not about which sins you’ve committed, because you may be saying that you haven’t done anything THAT bad to deserve a punishment as severe as hell. The key point is with who you’ve offended. The consequence for sin is death and an eternity in hell because we’re guilty of offending and breaking God’s law. (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
2. All men are powerless to save themselves
Realize that there’s nothing that you can do in your own power to save yourself. The Bible repeatedly says that our good works are not good enough to bring peace between you and God. (Romans 3:28 ; 4:4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9 ; Titus 3:5) Because you’re already guilty before God, there’s absolutely nothing you can do in your own strength to change your position. (John 3:16,18) The issue is not about reforming your actions, it’s about admitting your guilt and changing your heart with what you believe. (Isa.64:6; Jeremiah 17:9)
3. All men must repent
Turn from anything you previously were trusting in and believe in Christ’s sacrifice. Repentance is when you admit that what you were trusting in was wrong and then to change the object of your faith. (2Peter3:9) For many, countless people trust in their own goodness for their salvation. The general idea is that if your good works outweigh your bad at the judgment, you’ll be fine. As we’ve already seen in the Bible, this won’t work because no one is good enough. If you’re currently trusting in such good works, your church, your baptism or good morales, then these are the things you need to “turn from” in order for you to fully put your faith in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 7:10; Acts 17:30). Being a good person is a great thing but if that was what God wanted for salvation then why did Jesus die on the cross? (Galatians 2:21)
4. All men must accept Jesus Christ
Accept that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin. As we’ve seen, there was an offense against God, a conviction and then lastly a sentence from the great Judge, Himself. Even though our sin is enough to condemn us to hell, Jesus took our place and died as a substitute for our transgressions (Isa.53:5). By trusting in what Jesus did, we’re accepting our guilt, our sin and our inability to change our outcome. We’re admitting that we have no power to save ourselves and that we’re simply not good enough. Jesus died for you and He’s the only one that can offer forgiveness for your offense against God (Rom.5:19; 10:9,10,13)