The Gospel
of Grace

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To understand the good news of how the relationship between God and man must be restored, one must first understand how the relationship fell into ruin.

The Word of God teaches us:

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

We were dead in sins . . . Ephesians 2:5

God is holy (spiritually clean) and man is sinful (spiritually unclean).  Just as a person who was physically clean could not tolerate being next to a dead, decaying, stinking animal, so a perfect and holy God cannot allow a sinful and imperfect man into His presence.  Man is dead in his sins!
Physically Clean Man
Dead, Decaying Animal

Separation From God

The result of sin is clear:

Your sins have made a barrier between you and your God. Isaiah 59:2
Sin Creates a Barrier That Separates
Man From God

(Spiritually Clean)

(Spiritually Unclean)

God is both holy (spiritually clean) and infinite.  Therefore, He is infinitely holy!  Consequently, even the smallest sin is infinitely offensive to Him.  Thus, the Bible teaches that even the smallest sin is enough to eternally separate man from God.  God cannot allow sin in His presence.

Man's Efforts Are Useless!

Man has always sought a way to cross the barrier that separates him from God.  He has tried to break through it by baptism, good works, loving his neighbor, sacraments, joining some particular church or denomination, etc.  But the Bible teaches that no work of sinful man can ever tear down the barrier of sin that separates Holy God from sinful man.

The Bible says:

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.   Isaiah 64:6
To attempt to wash away your sins through your own works is as hopeless as trying to wash a dirty face using a dirty greasy rag!  There is absolutely nothing that man can do to erase his sins and cross the barrier that separates him from God.  (Also see Haggai 2:12-14; Luke 18:10-14; Romans 3:20; 3:27-28; 4:5; Galatians 3:10-11, 21).

Clear Gospel Crusade
Ronald R. Shea, President
P.O Box 431
Metairie, Louisiana 70004

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