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Four Revealed Facts

Acts 4:12

 

Here are four facts revealed in Holy Scripture which are true of every man, woman, and child in this world. Without exception, these four things are true of us all.

 

1.    We are all sinners (Romans 3:23; 5:12). “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not.” Some of us have been saved by the grace of God, and some are still unsaved, lost, without Christ; but we are all sinners. We are sinners by birth (Psalm 51:5; 58:3), sinners by nature (Mark 7:15, 21-23), sinners by choice, always “rejoicing to do evil” and “devising to do evil!” And we are sinners by practice (Isaiah 64:6). — “Man, at his best estate, is altogether vanity.” — “How abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?”

 

2.    Because we are all sinners, depraved, willing transgressors of God’s holy law, we all by nature are justly the objects of God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3; Galatians 3:10). “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” You and I, by nature, by birth, by choice, and by practice are criminals against the throne of the most high God.

 

We have broken God’s law in every point, and we continually do so day by day (Exodus 20:1-17). We have all taken the incarnate God and crucified him in our hearts (Hebrews 10:26-29). All sin is an attack upon God’s throne. Unbelief is decided agreement with our Lord’s tormentors. Unbelief cries out, “Crucify him! Crucify him! His blood be upon us and upon our children!” We have all sinned against the goodness, grace, and mercy of God revealed in the gospel (Matthew 11:21-25). Our rebellion and sin against the God of heaven is willful, deliberate, and voluntary (Proverbs 1:24, 30-31). And “the wages of sin is death!” Hell is what we deserve. Hell is what justice demands. Until you acknowledge that you justly deserve God’s wrath; you will never seek his mercy.

 

3.    We are all sinners, justly condemned sinners, by nature; and we have no ability to change our natural condition.

 

Poor souls! We are as helpless as we are depraved. There is nothing you can do to change your sinful nature, nothing you can do to win God’s favor, nothing you can do to escape the wrath of God. We cannot satisfy the offended justice of God. We cannot perform righteousness. We cannot change our sinful nature. We are dead, entirely without spiritual life or ability. We have no capacity for change, and no ability to change our condition (Jeremiah 13:23).

 

4.    The only way you and I can ever be saved, saved from our sins and saved from the wrath of God, is by the grace of God, through the righteousness and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the sinner’s Substitute.

 

God’s way of salvation is Christ alone. — “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Christ alone is salvation. And the only way we can obtain salvation in Christ is by faith (Romans 10:9; Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 11:28-30; John 3:14-16).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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