By Charles Stanley
Each of us has a sin debt that we owe to God, but we’ve got no way to pay for it. None of our solutions—living a moral life, being religious, or doing more good deeds—can take care of our problem.
God Himself has provided the solution—one that both satisfies His justice and grants us mercy. He sent His Son to pay the penalty we owed, and Jesus was qualified because He never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:21). He willingly took our place on the cross and experienced the full measure of the Lord’s wrath against our sinfulness. In dying for us, Christ secured our salvation.
Unfortunately, however, some people have heard this news and rejected it. They’re like the rich young ruler who placed his trust in material possessions and turned his back on the truth. Others refuse to even listen, and some think they’re heaven-bound on the basis of their good deeds. But only those who have entered into a relationship with Jesus will be welcomed into heaven.
If you’re wondering— How can I have eternal life? there is only one answer: through faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). When we trust in Jesus and surrender our life to Him, He becomes our personal Savior and Lord.