This is one of the questions where so many shy away from believing in a loving God. Some even think God is unjust! Others believe religion based on works is what saves a person or keeps a person righteous with God. It is all about DOING. But is that true?
We need to realize that the top sin is PRIDE. This is the sin of Lucifer causing him to fall as satan. That started the whole problem with angels and humans! It caused all the DIVISION. Pride, even though deceived by the devil, is why Eve and Adam sinned in the garden. It is also for any person, the very sin that leads to remaining a lost person and unsaved.
God has already done everything He can to save us
Following RELIGION is SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS as if we are Vines (gods) but we are not vines…WE ARE BRANCHES , unable to do anything without Christ abiding in us in belief (John 15) !
All religions, Jewish included, are works based salvation false lies that teach it is what WE DO to be justified with God. That is every person’s belief before accepting the Gospel; before accepting Christ’s finished work for our righteous standing before a perfectly Holy God.
Jesus warns unbelievers of justification by works and not by faith alone in Him in Matthew 7 warning against false prophets (verse 15) teaching a works for Salvation.
“21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH THE WILL of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)
Do you See it? They are saying have not WE, and in thine name WE, WE done many WORKS. WE WE WE! They rely on their own ability to please God and by doing such think they are saved.
It is PRIDE and SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS. It saves no one.
What is this will we are to do Jesus speaks of in Matthew 7 then? Is it about our performance as saved believers as some teach? No! Jesus is teaching about false prophets, unbelievers…not saved believers. Doing the Father’s will for an unbeliever is ONE THING ONLY and Jesus Himself answered what God’s will for an unsaved person is in John 6,
“39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39-40 KJV)
It is not about externals. It is about a change in our inner core being; our Spirit. Not a change we can make…a change only God can make if you humble yourself of Pride and instead accept the GIFT of Salvation paid for by Christ the cross. And RECEIVE FREELY righteousness by faith, not works. Salvation by BELIEF on Christ’s FINISHED WORK having paid for our sins. A once for all sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10) for the sins of the whole world – ALL SIN! (1 John 2:2)
Once received a person is free of their debt of sins and has been changed into the righteousness of God, in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
It is FROM THIS new Spirit of God we have been reborn as that believers show fruit of good works. It is UNTO good works FROM salvation without works required. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Live in self righteous pride… you are lost.
Believe on Christ’s finished work for righteousness… you are saved.