Q. What does God require of us that we may escape His wrath and curse?
A. To escape the wrath and curse God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ and repentance unto life.
As we saw last week in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.” We lack the ability to go back and “un-sin,” and no amount of good deeds can erase the sin we have already committed.
There are two things we need to do, but they are not accomplishments on are part; rather, they are acknowledgments of accomplishments on Jesus’ part.
The first thing we need to do is put our faith in Jesus Christ. This goes beyond believing He is real or that He died on the cross. To put our faith in Him means that we put all of our trust in Him and Him alone. We put all of our eggs in His basket. If it turns out that Jesus is wrong, we will be wrong with Him. To put our faith in Jesus means to go all in, risking everything, and yet ultimately gaining everything.
The second thing we need to do is repent, which is a 180-degree turn. We repent in our minds when we realize we are headed in the wrong direction. We change our minds and acknowledge how sinful and separated from God we really are, and we stop thinking that some deed on our part will propel us into God’s good favor.
After we change our minds our actions will follow suit. While trying to give up sinful habits and adding the fruit of the Spirit does not save us, it is the evidence of a life of repentance.