Sunday, March 2, 2014

How Many Good Deeds Do You Have To Do To Be Saved And Go to Heaven? Romans 4:5

Many people think that if they do enough good deeds or acts of kindness, or charity that it will outweigh the bad they have done and then they will earn a place in heaven. It is surprising but the Bible teaches only one good deed will get you into heaven.

"And to the one who does not work but believes in him (God) who justifies the ungodly his faith is counted for righteousness."   Romans 4:5. *

No matter how much good you do it is not enough. God is so holy that even our best efforts are still stained before His absolute justice. Millions of acts of kindness and charity will not erase a single sin in his eyes.

We do not need to labor for salvation but accept the gift of it. "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.  God offers salvation as a free gift.

When God came in the flesh as Jesus he lived a sinless life. The wages of our sin is death and since Jesus was sinless our sins were put on him and his righteousness is offered to any who will receive it. His resurrection proves that the payment is complete and the judgment for sins is done away with.

When we believe what God has done for us we are given the credit of Jesus' death on our behalf. God asks us to believe him, He does not ask us to work to earn salvation but to live good deeds as an expression of the salvation we were given as a gift.

To believe is to trust. If you are looking for salvation you must trust in what God has done for you and accept it. Many people express trust verbally in a prayer. If you have not yet trusted God for salvation through Jesus do so now.

To learn more about salvation see the tab above titled: The Gospel.

Click the link to read the entire chapter of Romans 5.


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