Why Good Works Won’t Work

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“Heaven never gets worse, only better. Hell never gets better, only worse.” Bruce Wilkinson

Do not be confused: Your good works can never lessen the torment of hell, in the same way that an evil work (sin) cannot lessen the joys of heaven. Please read on…

The Bible clearly tells us that we must be completely sinless to enter Heaven.

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God [This list of sinners is used by Paul to describe various sinful lifestyles. All such lifestyles are impossible for true believers, who continue to sin but not to live lives of sin]. 11 And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

That’s impossible, right? No one can solve the problem of sin on his/her own. What if I told you that the penalty for sin, even one sin, is death. Doesn’t seem fair does it? Let’s face it, none of us is perfect, we all sin, but the punishment according to the Bible is in fact, death. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, death, both physical and spiritual, has been the consequence. In the book of Genesis we read,

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; 17 but [only] from the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly die [Both spiritually and physically, physical death in the sense of becoming mortal; they were created immortal-because of your disobedience].

Genesis 2:16-17

And in the New Testament we read:

For the wages of sin, is death.  Romans 6:23

Ponder this, suppose I went before a judge and was sentenced to die. However, I told the judge that I would spend the rest of my life doing a lot of community service. Would that work?

Of course not. So, there is no solution, is there? There is no hope.

Unless…I could find someone to be a perfect substitute. What if I could find someone who volunteered to substitute for me, to stand in my place, when it came time for God to judge me? Mind you that person would have to be 100% good. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

The Bible says that Jesus was God’s only Son and He alone lived on this earth without sin. In fact, God sent His only Son to earth so that He could be our substitute, die in our place, and pay the penalty for our sin, once and for all.

You have a choice to make. You can believe in your ‘good’ works, and hope you are correct, or you can believe in Jesus Christ and His death on your behalf.

For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son [Jesus, God’s only Son, the One who is truly unique, the only one of His kind], so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.  John 3:16-17

If you are not sure that heaven is your destination, I urge you to put your faith in what Jesus said. If you want to put your full trust in Him, then why not pray this prayer….

Dear God, I am sorry for my sins, and now I know I cannot do anything to fix them. I accept Your Son’s death as full payment for my sins, and I receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. And Jesus, I am going to start serving You right now! In Your name, amen.

Friend, this is a prayer that God ALWAYS answers and is delighted to hear. If you just put your full trust in Jesus for your salvation, your eternal destination has already permanently changed from hell to heaven! Welcome to the family of God. You are now a new creation in Jesus. The Bible says:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 2 Corinthians 5:17

You now have eternal life as stated in John 3:16. Now you are a child of God and an heir of salvation.

Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ].  Galatians 4:7

From this moment on, you do not have to hope that your good works will add up to your salvation, because like every other true follower of Jesus, you now understand the meaning of these well-known verses:

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].  Ephesians 2:8-9

Because of this grace, you will never experience in eternity the negative consequences for your sins, because Jesus took those on Himself.

If you have prayed this prayer, please contact us so that we may send you some materials to help you in your walk.

 

 

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