“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith.”

These are wonderful truths that the apostle Paul spoke to King Agrippa, who very seriously needed to receive Christ and be saved.

We read on past these Bible words in Acts 26:18 and find no evidence that Agrippa got serious and received Christ. His power and riches kept him from receiving Christ so that he could then one day rejoice in Heaven for eternity!

Other than receiving Christ, nothing offered to anyone in this world has anything in it that truly gets anyone to heaven. Only Jesus Christ can accomplish what we each desperately need. He alone has the power to subdue and cleanse us from our sins. God is willing to do, in the life of any person serious about receiving Christ, everything we really need. The book of Micah, back in the Old Testament, asks: “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?”

There is absolutely no true God except Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit, which are found in the Holy Bible.

This verse from Micah 7:18 is added to in verse 19 by saying: “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).

We cannot fully understand why God would forgive our sins and cast them away through Christ. The Bible says He will do exactly that for whosoever truly asks. None of us can comprehend every aspect of it, and yet we do not persuade God to reverse His decision to extend mercy and forgiveness to us.

We can only rejoice marvelously in reading such versus as Isaiah 43:25 — “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” We do not comprehend why God would do this for His own sake, but are not we to be very glad! Isaiah 44:22 then tells us what God does for those who truly trust Him: “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgression, and, as a cloud, thy sins; return unto me, for I have redeemed thee.” The truths that we find in the Bible ought to change how we think, act and resolve to promote in life. The forgiveness for our sins through Christ on the Cross is our motivation to stay in the battle for righteousness and truth.

It is very important that we grow every day in seeing our sins replaced by Christ’s holiness. God will not fellowship with any unholiness!

When we truly become “in Christ,” then we are truly “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We need to move forward and upward and never to stumble backward. It takes determination and dedication to what our hearts have found to be precisely true in Christ. If a person has not yielded to Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth and the life” for themselves (John 14:6), these paragraphs then will mean only something they wish to resent and deny.

God is so patient in how He gently encourages and directs us toward the truth. He has provided King James Bibles for well over 400 years, and they have always been totally sufficient.

As we take into our lives every day the true words of God, we find then that: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The word of God will direct our hearts and minds to the place where we determine it necessary and wonderful to accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

Many folks today have it figured that they are not as bad as the next person. They may work hard and keep away from a lot of the bad things they see in other.

As we grow older, we usually try not to do some of the wrong things we used to do. As life goes forward, we become convinced that we have gotten to the place were God will accept us into Heaven one day regardless of what the Bible says.

Romans is a book in the Bible that will expose our incorrect concepts. The more we read with an open mind and heart, the better it becomes. Romans 3:4 says: “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.” That applies to us anytime we reject God and try to accept what we wish. It will always result in things we will wish to have changed in our lives and then to give great joy.

Paul writes on to say in Romans 3:10 that, in our own lives, “There is none righteous, no, not one.” The next verse says that, on our own: “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God” (verse 11).

It gets beyond our control in verse 12: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable.” Paul finishes verse 12 by reminding us that without Christ leading us, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Our only hope in getting forgiven and set onto the path toward Heaven is Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. John writes in 1 John: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He (or she) that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11,12).

God has made it all possible that we can rejoice in our forgiveness and then, through Christ, begin to see Him reign over sin in our lives. Yield life to Him today, and enjoy it all!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.