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Several religions believe in performing good works, extending help to the poor, and honoring a spiritual realm. Then, we may think that doing these things will save us, but in reality, works have no saving power. Want to learn why that is and how God is the only one who can save us? Keep reading.
Each religion establishes different practices that people follow to achieve salvation or a different and higher state of salvation. However, works have no saving power. They’re also not a qualification for us to be saved. Instead, we do good works, like helping the oppressed, not to be saved but as a response to what Jesus Christ has already done for all of us. Moreover, salvation is only obtained by God’s grace.
In Isaiah 64:6-7, we learn about how all humans are unclean. Our righteous acts are then likened to filthy rags. It’s because those acts of goodness are corrupted by immoral intentions. Our morals falter, and we are overcome by sinful temptations. We may not be worthy of God’s unconditional love and absolution, but it is only His mercy that can deliver us from evil.
According to Ephesians 2:5, even when we were dead because of our sins, He made us alive together with Christ (it’s only by God’s grace that we have been saved). Thus, salvation is a gift that only God can give. Furthermore, according to Romans 10:9, we are saved by believing in the sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He lived the perfect life for us and we place our faith in His payment for our sins. We’re not doing anything but simply calling out to God and trusting him in His payment and the perfect life He lived for us.
What does God the Father say about Christ and the life He lived? God the Father tells us over and over throughout Scripture that He is well pleased (Matthew 17:5, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22, 2 Peter 1:17)
We may resort to performing acts of goodness to obtain salvation, but that is a grievous mistake. Christ is the only one who can save us. He regards His life, crucifixion, and death as righteous and bestows the same probity upon us so that our sins may be absolved.
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