Are you a good person?
It’s a common belief today, including by people who call themselves Christians, that we can earn ourselves into heaven by living a good life. Or the idea of purgatory, that we get another chance after we die to make things right by our own efforts or deeds. If you were to do a survey, most people would consider themselves a good person. They believe that their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds and therefore they’ll make it into heaven. If you are in those camps of belief, PLEASE READ WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY.
Bottom-line…we can’t get to heaven by living a good life or attending Church. Good works are an important evidence that we are Christians, however, it will not get us saved…it is by Grace alone and by putting our faith in Jesus Christ to be our savior that will provide salvation. We have one chance and one chance only…there are no second chances like purgatory to work our our salvation. Don’t take my word for it…just read the Bible verses below and do your research…your SALVATION depends on it.
On what grounds is a sinner accepted in the presence of a holy God? Acceptance is based on the “righteousness of God in Jesus Christ”. It is a righteousness wholly outside the sinner, accomplished by Christ, and imputed to him through the one God-given means—faith in the Savior, acceptance of His gift of eternal life. Jesus paid the price by dying for us on the cross.
The Bible says:
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:19-24
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 3:15
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Romans 3:27-28
So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. Romans 9:16
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 2 Tim 1:9
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7
even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Romans 3:22-24
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:30-33
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 2 Tim 1:8-
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. Romans 11:6
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; Phil 3:9
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2:11-13
That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 1 Tim 1:14-16
Bottom-line, we will fail if we try to attain salvation on our own strength. Salvation is a free gift from God for everyone who accepts Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
The Only Way To Salvation
Here is what the Bible says…
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inChrist Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
The Sinner’s Prayer
After reading all the questions and answers on the site, you may still have some very important questions concerning your own salvation. You may still not be sure that your own sins have been forgiven. Or you may not be sure that you have personally received the gift of eternal life.
If you have questions about your own salvation, we invite you to experience for yourself the truth of the bible’s teaching about salvation. Confess your sins to God, trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness, and then, in faith, claim God’s promise of forgiveness and eternal life. He will surely give you what he has promised.
In order to help you do this, we invite you to pray sincerely the following prayer or a similar prayer of you own.
“Dear God, I confess that I’m a sinner and that I need your forgiveness. I’m truly sorry for my sins and humbly ask you to forgive me and cleanse me. I believe that Jesus died on the cross in my place and that he rose again for my salvation. In faith I accept from you the gift of eternal life, and, with your help, I promise to serve you as long as I live. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen”
The bible says…
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12
That’s a promise to live by! WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!
What do you do next?
- Find a Bible teaching church that teaches Jesus as savior (e-mail us and we’ll find a local church near you for you) .
- Once you find a church, don’t just attend a service once per week but get involved in a Bible Study in homes organized by your Church. It’s a place to learn and it provides important support for you to become what God has planned for you. He has a greater plan for you than you could ever imagine.
- Don’t be just a user or a taker…get involved in helping out. God has given you gifts that are special. You are a special person and he wants to use you to serve him and the church. At the end, you will be that one that is being blessed. You heard the saying that it is more blessed to give than to receive…that statement is truer than you know.
- Start reading the Bible and spent time praying…daily.
- Tithe 10% of your income. It sounds like you’re giving something up, however, realize that God is your provider and if you trust him, he will pour out financial blessing on you greater that you could have ever imagined. It’s the greatest key to financial success.
- Get baptized. It’s an outward confession of your faith and it an important process in your new walk with Christ.
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