According to the Bible, every person on earth is sinful by nature and by choice. No one is righteous in God’s sight—no not one. We’re separated from Him by our wicked natures and eternally banished from Him by our sins.
But Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” His blood atones for sin. His resurrection seals our pardon. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” We can never work our way into heaven. It’s not by works of righteousness that we try to do; it’s by grace through faith (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9). When we are saved by the loving mercy of Jesus, our names are written in His Lamb’s Book of Life.
How terrible it would be to stand before God and learn our name is missing. Confess Him as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.
This is my story, to God be the glory—I’m only a sinner, saved by grace!
James M. Gray, in the hymn “Only a Sinner”