Is There Any Real Hope For Real Sinners?

Is There Any Real Hope For Real Sinners?
Is there any real hope for real sinners? I know that men and women who 
think of themselves as good moral people have no problem in this matter. 
They think they are okay. They look upon their good works, their 
religious devotion, and their moral integrity with much approval. In 
their proud self-righteousness they presume that God owes them something 
and that he will accept them. They are highly offended when they are 
told by a plain spoken preacher that they are sinners and that their 
supposed righteous deeds are filthy rags, abominable in the sight of 
God. I am not speaking to you of good people”.
I am speaking to you men and women who know yourselves to be guilty 
sinners before a holy God. You have no good deeds to boast of. Your life 
is as vile as your heart. You are an outcast of society. Both your 
family and friends avoid your company. You are so abominably evil that 
you can hardly endure living with yourself. You know that you are guilty 
before a holy God. You know that if you had your just reward from him, 
you would be in hell. Is there any real hope for real sinners like you 
and me?
I know that we have no hope in ourselves. We have all tried religious 
decisions and moral reformation. But these things cannot atone for our 
sins. These things cannot silence our guilty consciences. Preachers tell 
us to join the church, or start living right, or start serving the Lord. 
You may have tried it all. But the fact remains that you cannot do 
anything that God will accept. You may have joined the church and become 
religious, but your conscience still torments you. You have no peace 
with God. Is there any real hope for real sinners?
Yes, blessed be God, there is real hope for real sinners like us! That 
Hope is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He came to this earth to 
be the Friend of sinners. He came to be the sinner’s Substitute before 
God. As the Substitute for sinners, the Lord Jesus Christ lived in this 
world accomplishing a perfect righteousness, the only righteousness 
which God will accept. Then he willingly laid down his life in the place 
of sinners at Calvary. As the Substitute for guilty sinners the Son of 
God took our sins upon himself, and in his death he paid the penalty due 
unto us. Now it is promised that all who believe on him shall be saved 
and have everlasting life. “He that believeth on the Son hath 
everlasting life” (John 3:36). That includes both you and me. If we, as 
guilty sinners, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our only Savior, our 
only Righteousness, and our only Pardon for sin, we shall be saved!
Jesus Christ is the only One who gives real hope to real sinners. I 
trust him. Most gladly do I trust Christ. I have no righteousness but 
his righteousness. I have no cleansing from sin but his blood. I have no 
pardon but his pardon. I have no acceptance before God but Christ. I 
have nothing to plead before God but this, Jesus Christ lived and died 
for me. Though I am a real sinner like you, I have a REAL HOPE BEFORE 
GOD. My Hope is Jesus Christ the Lord. And HE GIVES HE REAL PEACE BEFORE 
GOD. Will you trust Christ alone? THERE IS REAL HOPE FOR REAL SINNERS IN 

Don Fortner

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