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I'm a good person
Why do I need to be saved? What am I saved from? I don't see myself as sinful and I consider myself to be a good person. I do not need to be saved from anything as far as I know.
No One is Good
The Bible tells us, No one is righteous not even one. No one does good, not a single one (Ro 3:10-18). This is hard for most seekers to hear. But, if we're completely honest with ourselves we'll come to the same conclusion. For instance, have you ever wished someone would fail? Do you resent your neighbor's new house? Are you even a tiny bit happy when a jerk loses his job? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever lied to someone?
Of course you have. We're all imperfect. None of us is righteous enough to live forever with God. Most of our failings are a part of original sin or total depravity. In fact, original sin is apparently a part of our DNA make-up. It's a genetic problem. Furthermore, the Bible makes it clear that we will have this propensity towards sin until we are changed in the rapture or taken up to be with the Lord (1 Cor. 15:51; 2 Cor. 5:8). Because of our sins we will all die. The Bible says it this way, For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ro. 6:23).
Saving Oneself from Death?
You can't save yourself from death or original sin and neither can I. So how can we be saved from genetic sin and death? We must believe that Christ the Lord took the penalty for our sins. He died for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead. Certainly His resurrection proves that Christ alone has the power to conquer death and sin. This gospel message is found in the earliest Christian creed recited at least 20 years before the New Testament was written (1 Corinthians 15:2-6).
Belief in this core gospel message means that we will go to heaven, be given bodies that won't die, and we will have eternal life. In other words, He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:20). Halleluiah!
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