(Original post by Christ Is Lord)
You can devote your life to church, preach about God to all nations, go on 21 thousand missions to Africa, sell all your possesions and give the money to poor, pray 24 times a day, hardly ever sin and donate your organs to an enemy in need, and still find yourself plunged to the lake of fire.
This is serious stuff.
People in Matthew 7:21-23 found that out the hard way.
"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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Lord you should let us into heaven, because we have done this
, done that
, we devoted
our lives to you, we did
so many wonderful things in Your name.
Jesus' answer is simple;
Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
All their works are as filthy rags in the eyes of the Lord. (Isaiah 64:6)
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,"
They rested in their own righteousness, instead of getting cleansed in the precious blood of Christ and resting in His righteousness, by faith, and faith alone.
They did not do the will of the Father, which is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 6:39-40)
Once you accept Christ as Saviour into your life, His death burial and resurrection as payment for your sins, you are born again, born into the family of God. You are Baptised into Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:1-4)
You accept Christ through faith, and that is excluding any type of works on your part. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
We should always be careful trusting anything apart from the redemptive blood of Christ, as our way to heaven. The implications are eternal. Faith + works = no faith at all. We either rest in Christ's righteousness alone, or we do not.