According to the Bible, God is a just and merciful God. This means that because He is just, He is like a judge and must punish sin. The penalty for sin must be paid. Our problem is that God’s holiness (complete separation from sin) sets a standard that is higher than we can reach. It is impossible to be good enough to keep God’s law. If we break one point of the law, we are law breakers. For example, if we obey the law in every point, except one day we become angry with a person (in Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus says anger has the same consequence as murder), we are now law breakers. The penalty for breaking God’s law is eternity in hell. However, because God is merciful, He has provided another way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
This other way is through Jesus’ perfect life. Jesus lived a perfect life, died to pay the penalty for our sins, and then rose again conquering death, sin, and Satan. Because Jesus is 100% both God and man, and because He lived a perfect life without breaking the law, He was able to pay for our sins through His death and resurrection.
The Bible says in Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”
This means that Jesus righteousness is put into our account so that we meet God’s perfect standard, which we cannot reach on our own. All you need to do to have Christ’s righteousness put transferred to your account is to do as the verse says, confess with your mouth who Jesus Christ really is, and to sincerely believe that He did for you what God says He did – dying to pay for your failure to obey God’s law. If you have questions about this, please leave a comment or contact me.
If you have chosen to trust Christ, the next step is to find a good church in your area where you can learn more about God and what He has done for us, and of His incredible love for mankind.