Ever since man’s first sin, he has been trying to cover his guilt and become acceptable to God through self-effort. Adam and Eve made a covering for their sin by sewing fig leaves together, but God quickly showed them that the works of man could never cover sin. Innocent blood would have to be shed, “for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb. 9:22). An animal had to be slain so God could use the skin to cover their sin. “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them (Gen. 3:21). This act of God’s mercy foreshadowed His slaying of another innocent lamb, Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God. His blood was shed for the forgiveness of sin for all who believe.
Adam and Eve’s vain attempt to become righteous before God was indeed the first religious act by man. Since then, thousands of religions have sprung up, each creating their own worthless set of legalistic works and rituals in an attempt to gain acceptance before God. Religious work can never earn acceptance from God. Jesus said that it is impossible for man to save himself (Luke 18:24-27). There is absolutely nothing man can do to make peace with God. Only when we realize our hopeless condition can we begin to understand the good news—that which is impossible for man is only possible with God. Everything needed to save sinners has been accomplished through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus is our perfect Savior and only mediator of God’s grace. He willingly died for our sins, in our place, to pay the debt that we could never pay. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed” (1 Pet. 2:24).
How devastating it is for Catholics and others like them, who continue to trust in things that cannot save them from God’s wrath. The only response to the Gospel that will reconcile one to God is a response of repentance and faith. We must stop trusting in things that cannot save us and put our trust in the only one who can—The Lord Jesus Christ. Sinners must believe that salvation is not based on what we can do for God but on everything God has already done for us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the only name by which men can be saved. (Acts 4:12)
¨ He gave us His word as truth, testified to the truth and is the manifestation of truth. (John 17:17; 18:37)
¨ He is life to sinners who were spiritually dead. (John 14:6)
¨ He gave us victory over death. (1 Cor. 15:56-57)
¨ He showed the lost He is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6)
¨ He gave His life as a ransom for many. (Matt. 20:28)
¨ He bore our sin in His body on a tree. (1 Pet. 2:24)
¨ He died for the ungodly. (Rom. 5:6)
¨ He gave Himself up for us as a sacrifice to God. (Eph. 5:2)
¨ He died for us so that we may live together with Him. (1 Thess. 5:9)
¨ He gave Himself to purify a people who are His very own. (Titus 2:14)
¨ He died for sins, once for all, to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18)
¨ He became sin for us so, in Him, we could become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
¨ He has forgiven all our sins. (Col. 1:14)
¨ He purified us from all sin. (1 John 1:7; Heb. 1:3)
¨ He has reconciled us to God, changing our relationship from hostility to peace. (Eph. 2:14-18)
¨ He redeemed us from the power of sin. (Gal. 3:10-14, 22)
¨ He provided God the grounds to justify us—to acquit us of our sins. (Rom. 3:23-25)
¨ He expiated (took away) our sins and will never count them against us. (Heb. 9:26; Rom. 4:6-8)
¨ He saved us from condemnation. (John 3:18, 5:24)
¨ He is able to save forever since He always lives to make intercession. (Heb. 7:25)
¨ He delivered us from the dominion of Satan. (1 John 3:8)
¨ He satisfied (propitiated) completely the wrath of God for our sin. (1 John 2:2)
¨ He made us perfect forever by the offering of Himself. (Heb. 10:14)
¨ He transformed us into new creations that long to obey God. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17)
¨ He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into His kingdom. (Col. 1:13)
¨ He holds us in the palm of His hands no one can snatch us out. (John 10:28-29)
¨ He has become to us wisdom from God, our righteousness, sanctification and redemption. (1 Cor. 1:30)
I just do not understand why would anyone in the world that claims to be a believer would want to trust on anyone else – other than Christ. Christ is sufficient for us, all we need is him and his righteousness and we will be in the Truth. And what is truth? Well truth is Jesus. We can only find the real truth in Him. My prayer for the Catholic people and others that are caught up in works salvation is that God will open their eyes so that they will see the truth and the will of God. I pray that God will open their eyes so that they will take their eyes off from man, Mary and their flesh and put their focus on Jesus. The pope didn’t die for our sins, neither did Mary, even if they had died for our sins that would not of been sufficient because only Jesus was Holy AND Blameless and God excepted the perfect sacrifice without spot or blemish. Jesus is our King and our savior. Although a lot of Catholics clam that they do trust Jesus for their salvation but closer look to the Catholics religion you will clearly see that their hope is actually in man instead of God.
If you are a Catholic reading this, know one thing that I have nothing against you. I love you with the love of Jesus Christ and I pray that God will open your eyes to the truth.