…but that God will make us good because He loves us.
“The Christian does not think that God will love us because we are good but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
This wonderful quote from C. S. Lewis really captures the concept of salvation in Christianity. Our salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
Notice salvation is “not your own doing.” There is nothing we can do to “earn” our salvation.
Unfortunately, many people think they have to be “good enough” to become a Christian. But that is a contradiction of clear Biblical teaching.
Christians aren’t Christians because they are “good.” They are made good by God who continually works in us to make us better.
Even the great Apostle Paul admitted, “chief of sinners.”
The 3 writers who wrote more of the Bible than any others were all murderers! Moses, David and Paul. What a great illustration of the fact that:
“We are all infected and impure with sin.
When we display our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags.”
(Isaiah 64:6a NLT)
All are sinners and Christianity alone offers complete hope for all.
Someone put it this way: “All other religions are ‘do.’ Christianity is ‘done.’”
Do you get the picture? He died for our sins because we cannot be good enough to “earn” heaven.
It is totally wrong to think that God will love us because we are good.
Pride makes many dislike this and keeps many from heaven. We want to “earn our way.” But that is not possible according to the Bible.
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