“As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:10 and 3:23
Do you realize that you can’t earn your way into heaven? It can’t be done. There is just too much sin in our life to ever be offset by any good works we may perform. No matter how hard we try, the ledger can never be balanced. The only way to heaven is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Salvation is a gift we accept or reject; there are no other choices.
For the Christian, I picture it this way: We’re standing before the throne of Jesus Christ. All of our deeds for this life are brought out. It’s very evident that we deserve hell because unless we’re perfect (and no one is), we certainly deserve eternal separation from our holy Creator. Then Christ steps down from that throne of judgment and stands beside us.
There’s a wonderful song recorded by the Christian musical group, NewSong, entitled, “This One’s With Me,” which pretty well sums up what happens next. Jesus then takes His robe of righteousness and puts it on us and says (my words), “It’s obvious you’re guilty. It’s obvious you deserve hell. But, I have paid the penalty. I have taken the judgment you deserve upon Myself on the cross, and you have accepted this gift. May you live forever in the joy and gratitude of what I have done for you! Father, this one’s with me.” What a celebration of gratitude and praising of the Lord that day will be.
Have you received this unearned gift in faith?