~Jonah 2:9b … Salvation is of the LORD.
Salvation is not something you earn from doing good works. Salvation is brought by God, not by us. IF we could do anything to gain entrance to Heaven, then we take away from the work on the cross. What more can the devil do than to take away from Christ’s death, burial and resurrection? The devil can sidetrack man and distract him from the truth which God’s Word teaches.
The Bible says that IF Abraham were justified by his works, the works would bring only Abraham glory before mankind, but not before God.
~Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
But it was Abraham’s faith that counted him righteous! He believed that God would do what He said He would do and Abraham rested on this faith.
~Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Quickly, Paul made sure to mention that the Scriptures were clear and were a good Teacher.
Paul also was clear to point out that salvation is a gift from God given to us because of His endless grace for mankind. Again, that word faith is mentioned – just as Abraham’s faith counted as righteousness, so does faith in Christ, the Father’s gift to us, count as our righteousness.
~Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Our own works cannot buy righteousness. Anyone who has given a large sum of money to the church can attest to this. You feel “good” for that moment but you’re right back to your sinful ways soon thereafter. None of our actions can earn us entrance into Heaven because then we could boast of our actions! How many “good” people have been in the limelight yet not one of their actions can pave the way to Heaven? If this were possible, then Paul would not have said that Abraham’s works were not justified before God. If anyone should have had his works justified, it would be Abraham – but God does not see it that way.
~Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
It is the righteousness of Jesus Christ that we receive at the moment of salvation. That is the only righteousness that will gain us entrance into Heaven.
~Romans 4:6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Our sins are forgiven and covered because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Abraham’s faith in the coming Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ was counted to him as righteousness. Our Sacrifice happened 2000 years ago and Christ’s death, burial and resurrection are the only works we can count as righteous before a Holy God.
“If your faith is not fixed in Jesus, your best works will be but splendid sins. All the performance of duties will not affect your salvation.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon