Rom. 3:23) "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Have you ever asked yourself what this verse means? Well, what it means is that because you are a human being no matter how good or righteous you think you are, because of your sin, your righteousness and glory fall short of the righteousness and glory required to get you into heaven. That’s why God sent Jesus into the world, so that he could do for us that which is impossible for us to do ourselves. In the Old Testament, God gave the world the ten commandments. They were given not to save man, but rather to explain to man why and how it is that he falls short. (Rom. 3:20) "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” You see, from birth man is condemned because of the sin of Adam and Eve. He therefore needs God's help to cover his sins, and to be made righteous enough to go to heaven. So, God sent His sinless Son Jesus to die in our place. By shedding his blood on the cross, he paid the death penalty that we owed for sin, making all who trust in him pardoned from their sin and righteous. It was God’s plan that Jesus be the justifier of man, by shedding his innocent blood. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Rom. 3:26)." Thus, enters our Faith. According to the Bible, all that is required to gain Jesus’s righteousness is to by Faith believe and trust in what he did on the cross, and then ask God for salvation. Salvation therefore is impossible without Christ. No Jesus equals no salvation.
(Mark 11:23) "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Over a hundred years ago, the great evangelist Dr. R. A. Torrey told the story of one little church in Maine that was dead spiritually. In fact, most of the churches in that town were pretty dead, but in this one particular church a few of its godly men decided to petition God for a miracle, and so they said, "here we are, uneducated laymen, but let us form a praying band, and center our prayers on the salvation of one man." So, they decided on one of the hardest men in town, a hopeless drunkard, and centered their prayers on him. To their amazement in just a week this man was converted. Seeing therefore the impossible become possible, they began to pray for another, and then another, u