Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
Some ask how a loving God could allow anyone to go to hell. Perhaps this is the wrong question though. A better question is how a just God could allow any of us to go to heaven. Even at our best, we still fail to live up to God’s standard for “good”. Our very best attempts at righteousness are just filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). This is true of every one of us. The question then is not how God can send some of us to hell but how He can allow even one of us to enter into fellowship with Him.
Two words come to mind: love and grace. God is all-knowing. It was not a surprise to Him that man would fall short of the plan. But even in spite of this, God created a way. Through His Son we can know Him. By His grace we have been delivered. Only someone who is full of love could even conceive of forgiving His enemies and allowing them a place that only friends deserve.
God does not send people to hell, we’re all headed there on our own from birth. Our loving God provides a way out, a way to Him. We can never earn this. It’s by grace alone.
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,t as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
How can I lead someone to Christ through my witness? It’s intimidating to think about someone’s salvation hinging on whether or not they submit to Christ based on our testimony about Him. But when we focus on our part of it, we lose sight of the fact that it’s not up to us to convert souls. Our job is to witness for Christ, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit to get people to respond. We’re not ultimately responsible for the decision made.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power for salvation. It’s not in what we say, it’s in the power God has given through the work of Jesus on the cross that people are saved. Sometimes even if we mess up the message completely, a person will still respond to the gospel. It’s that powerful.
But we’re not off the hook in the work that needs to be done. Yes, salvation is found in the gospel and a person’s response to it, but they won’t hear the truth if we don’t present it. They can’t respond to the Good News if it isn’t delivered. Our lives are lived as a witness and our testimony is given so that people may know the gospel and all it means for their lives. The gospel is the power, but we’re the conduit by which that power gets plugged into souls.