Many professing Christians acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross to forgive their sins. Okay, that’s a start. But sometimes it seems as if they don’t understand the full implications of His death.
To put it bluntly, few of them really believe that, had they not been brought to faith in Christ, they would deserve eternity in hell. Indeed, few genuinely believe hell even exists. Nor do they honestly believe that their sins are serious enough to warrant eternal punishment.
Such a dismissal of a literal hell creates a casual attitude toward salvation, it seems to me. Consequently, the Lord’s sacrificial death doesn’t compel them to respond in adoring devotion.
But the redeemed sinner who grasps the truth that Christ snatched her from the jaws of hell responds much differently. Precisely because she knows the condemnation she deserves, she freely abandons her life to Him. She knows she’ll never be worthy of what He’s done on her behalf. She simply wants to show her gratitude by living for Him.