Article No. 0279

Are You Good Enough
For Heaven?

“A person is justified by faith
apart from...deeds”

Romans 3:28

If you were to ask most people, “Why will you be going to heaven?” the answer is universally “Because I am a good person.” In theory that sounds reasonable and logical because if ‘God is Good’ and ‘I Am Good’ everything should be OK, right? Everyone knows about the ‘Golden Rule’ and most assume that should comprise all that Christ taught and all that is required.

However here is where most people go wrong. Yes, of course, being a good person is always an admirable goal. We all need to treat others as we would be treated, to be kind, generous, and respectful of others and leave the world a little better than we found it, and by all means if you are living your life like that you are on a good path. Leading and leaving a life of good works is a worthy earth-life mission, but it is not an eternal-life saving mission.

Yes, God indeed wants us to lead honorable lives, but it is not high moral standards or good works that justifies you being before God in heaven:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the GIFT OF GOD- not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

“He (God) saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, might become heirs having the hope eternal life.”
Titus 3:5-7

You see, it is not by what we DO that gets us into heaven, it is by who we ARE IN CHRIST. You cannot earn your way into heaven. It is by God’s GRACE that you are saved. So how do you that? Happily the answer is simple.

If you have not done so, ask God to forgive you of your sins. Make and live your life for Christ as your Lord and Saviour. There is no “work” involved, except the work Christ already did on the cross to cleanse you of your sin. Will you receive that gift today?

God Bless Your Day
Jesus Loves You

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