The Bible is divided into two major sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. Perhaps you just have a copy of the New Testament or maybe you have both sections. The Old was written prior to the birth of Christ and the New was written after Christ’s mission to the earth.

The Bible is like a letter from God – everything God wants you to know about Himself and about yourself, including who you are, where you came from, your problems and your options for the future are all in the Bible.

The Bible contains facts from God about our origin and our destiny.  There are sections of the Bible dedicated to poetry, wisdom, prophecy, history, genealogies, etc. But there are also parts of the Bible that address a person’s most basic spiritual needs and explain how you can have a permanent peace deep within. There is good news of peace and salvation for you personally in the Bible.

MEDICAL-SPIRITUAL COMPARISON

This little paper is written for people looking for answers related to their own needs – who they are and why they are the way they are and what they need as life’s #1 remedy. We illustrate this by comparing the human spiritual condition to a medical condition. Read it to see what relates to you.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

  • Do or think more wrong things more often than one wants to,
  • an inner void,
  • unrest,
  • uneasiness,
  • guilt,
  • worry,
  • inner disgust over doing something yet again that one tries to stop,
  • fear,
  • emptiness,
  • lack of fulfillment,
  • inner burden, etc.

GOD’S DIAGNOSIS

Based on the above symptoms, your condition is spiritual and serious. In fact, you have what every other human was born with – the spiritual disease of sin. Your sins are separating you from God. You know God exists and you must meet Him but what about your sins?

Jesus provided a sample list of sins in Mark 7:21-23

Read Romans 3:23. God says sin is THE problem for everyone. All fall below God’s standard. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Can you agree with God that your sins are the very root of your inner condition?

YOUR PROGNOSIS or YOUR FUTURE?

Sin is deadly – in more ways than one. Sin will take you further than you ever intended to go, cost you more than you ever intended to pay and keep you longer than you ever intended to stay. Sin is horrible. Its effects are seen and felt every day all around us in the world and within ourselves.

The Bible says the end result of sin is eternal death, separation from God and suffering.

Read Romans 6:23. God says: “The wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

At death, no one can go to God’s perfect Heaven with their sins. And no one can have their sins forgiven in any way after they die. In this life only can a person’s sins be forgiven. All sin is horrible in God’s sight and it is the one and only thing He has against any of us.

Read Revelation 21:27 : “Nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of Life.”

ARE THERE SELF REMEDIES?

No. You personally cannot treat the disease of sin to make yourself better. Religion, church, reforms, programs, good living, sincere efforts and prayers will not cure anyone’s disease of sin. Not only will it not cure sin, none of these activities remove even one of our sins from God’s record.

Read this section very carefully because it uncovers the biggest spiritual myth in the world. The myth is this: that human effort, religion and good intentions are helpful in finding peace with God.  The Bible smashes this famous myth.

Romans 3:20 clearly states: “By the works of the law (good deeds) no human being will be justified (made right with God) in His sight (God’s sight.)

Ephesians 2:8-9  has a message for people who were once sinners – but now have been saved and forgiven. It says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Similarly, the Apostle Paul writes to Christians who have already been spiritually saved and in Titus 3:5 he writes: “…He (God our Saviour) saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy…”

God’s Word is very clear: the remedy for your disease of sin is totally outside yourself. That’s shocking, almost alarming news for some people.

THE ONLY REMEDY

Romans 5:6 says we have no ability or strength to save ourselves. “While we were utterly helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.”

Have you ever realized that Jesus died for you personally so your sins could be removed forever? God, who hates sin, loves sinners. The only way He could take a sinner to Heaven, is to deal with their sins. And that’s exactly what happened on the Cross. Your load of sins was placed on Jesus, the Innocent One and God punished Him instead of you. Jesus became the Substitute.

Look at these verses again: Romans 5:6 to 8: “For while we were utterly helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would even die – BUT God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Isn’t God’s love for you amazing! Have you ever thanked God for His love and Jesus for His death for your sins?

WILL YOU TAKE THE REMEDY?

A cure for a sickness might exist, but unless the person takes the medication, they won’t be cured.

Christ died for your sins. Your entire sin-debt, He paid in full. That’s what Jesus meant when He cried from the Cross just before He died.

John 19:30 says: “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said: “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

He didn’t make a partial or incomplete payment for your sins. He paid it all completely. Everything that God had against you, Christ finished suffering for. Your works can not save you, but Christ’s finished work can! God proved His satisfaction by the resurrection of Christ.

The remedy is Christ plus nothing else. Will you take the remedy right now? John 1:12 tells you the outcome of receiving Christ. “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”

John 3:36  says: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son, shall not see life but the wrath of God remains on him.”

John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.”

For more help read:

1Peter 2:24 Whose sins did Jesus have upon Himself and why?

1Peter 3:18 Who is the only One who can bring us to God in peace and for peace?

If the Bible you have contains the Old Testament read Isaiah 53. It speaks of the sufferings of Christ 750 years before He even came to earth and died on the Cross. Read it all. Pay close attention to Isaiah 53:5-6.

Some have found it helpful to insert their own name or change the plural pronouns to personal pronouns like I, me, my or mine.  In fact, some have found it helpful to do that in many of the verses mentioned above.

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