Why We Need Christ
When God created Adam and Eve they were perfect in their being and in harmony with God. Their thoughts were pure. They were holy and walked with God. Because of their disobedience, they became weakened and could not find the strength to resist the power of evil. They became part of Satan's plan of captivating them.
There are no plans or schemes, that we can come up with to bring ourselves back in harmony with God (Job 14:4). We could apply human effort, exercise our will and fill ourselves with knowledge, but these things would only correct our behavior, not our heart.
There needs to be a power within, a new life from above to change the heart from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace alone will quicken the lifelessness in us, attracting it to God and holiness.
Christ said, "no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (John 3:3) This means if you do not receive a new heart -- your purpose, your motives and desires will not change from a life of sin (which brings death), to a life of holiness (which brings eternal life).
About Christ it is written: "In him is life" (John 1:4) and "for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
The Apostle Paul was in anguish and in despair (Romans 7:16). He longed for righteousness and to be delivered from this body of death (Romans 7:24) -- And the answer was given to him and to all: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)
Earth has been cut off from heaven. Between the two lies a great (sin made) gulf. Christ has become the bridge that crosses the gulf from earth to heaven. Through Christ the earth once again becomes linked with heaven. He is the mediator between God and man. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Until we are born again and believe in our heart and confess with our mouth, Christ is our Savior, we are under the service of Satan. Until we are born again we are under God's Wrath. Why would anyone want to settle for death and destruction, when they could be transformed in the likeness of God, be restored to the fellowship with the ministering angels and be in communion with God and the Son.
So get out from under the foot hold of Satan and repent (Acts 2:37,38). Repent means turning away from sin. We must turn away from it in our heart or we will see no change in our life. Let's look at David's prayer of repentance: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. (Psalms 51:1-14)
We need Christ in our life to make true repentance (Acts 5:31). We need the spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience. His spirit moves across our heart and lifts the conviction of sin. Then, sin will no longer be our master. When we are born again, Christ lets us know in our heart, he died for the sins of the world. The mystery of the redemption unfolds to our minds and by the goodness of God, we are lead to repentance.
The power of Christ draws us near to look upon his cross. To see him whom we have pierced with our sins. The deep seeded sins of our soul are revealed. We know his love for laying down his life on the cross for us, his humiliation, his suffering, so that we might have everlasting life.
The unsaved may stand aside and say, "my life is upright," "my morals are good," and "I don't need to humble myself like the common sinner." The veil of flattery will be lifted when the light from Christ shines into your soul. His light shows us how impure we are, our selfishness, our enmity against God and the defects of our human character. Daniel was overwhelmed with weakness when surrounded by a heavenly messenger (Daniel 10:8). He became weak because he saw his imperfections compared to the heavenly host.
Do not put off seeking the purity of heart through Jesus. It will become your eternal loss and places you in danger of eternal hell if you should perish before your commitment to Christ.
No sin is small and the longer it takes for you to overcome it, it obtains the power to overcome you and lead you to destruction. Look at the terrible consequences from Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit. This one thing they did separated man from God. It opened the floodgates of death upon the generations that followed. Let us not regard sin as a trivial thing.
Christ is ready, to set us free from sin. "I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2) The Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts..." (Hebrews 3:7,8) So let this be a part of your prayer, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)
Study God's Word, it plainly reveals the way of salvation.