You can’t work your way into Heaven…

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

2 Corinthians 1:20

If anyone thought that they could work their way into heaven, Paul intends to straighten their thinking out. There were those who came out of the Jewish faith who asked Christ to forgive them and yet believed that all of the Law of Moses had to be obeyed. The believers in Galatia had been hoodwinked into believing that salvation was not complete unless the men were circumcised. He asked those believers who it was that had beguiled them. It seems that everywhere Paul had preached and won people to Christ he had to contend with the “Judaizers.”

Paul wrote to the Roman believers to inform that “It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith; for if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression of law. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of the faithful.”   Romans 4:13-16

We also must understand that we bring glory to the heavenly Father through our works but we are not saved by works. Paul wrote in his letter to the church at Ephesus, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”   Ephesians 2:8-9

Since Abraham received the promise through the righteousness that comes through faith; so we receive the promises of God through faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross. The gift of Christ Jesus is what God did out of His love for mankind. Let us do the works of the Spirit and bring glory to the Father but let us receive His promises through faith and stop trying to earn them by good works. Our heavenly Father wants to bless us so let’s believe and receive.

Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
Brother Bledsoe
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