Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Not By Works of the Law"

“Not By Works of the Law”


Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law,  because by works of the law no one will be justified        Galatians 2:16


In some of my witnessing experiences, on a one to one encounter, whenever I would ask someone the question:  “In your opinion, what do you think it takes for a person to get to Heaven?  Some would say; “Keeping the Ten Commandments.”  Now, while this is an admirable TASK, and that is ALL it is, a TASK, because NO one can keep ALL of the TEN COMMANDMENTS.  This would be considered the “WORKS of the LAW. 


Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8&9 that it is, “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 can boast.” 


In our verse, today, it says that, we are NOT JUSTIFIED by WORKS of the Law.  To be JUSTIFIED, means to be made RIGHTEOUS. This is something that WE cannot do, on our OWN.  JUSTIFICATION comes ONLY through FAITH in JESUS CHRIST.  If you are THINKING or BELIEVING that you are going to get to HEAVEN, when you leave this world, because you KEPT the TEN COMMANDMENTS, which is IMPOSSIBLE to do, you are SADLY MISTAKEN. 


The TEN COMMANDMENTS are guidelines for us to live our lives by.  It is NOT the WAY to HEAVEN.  No matter how GOOD a person you are, you still won’t make it.  There is ONLY ONE WAY to be JUSTIFIED in God’s eyes.  And that is ACCEPTING by FAITH JESUS CHRIST as your SAVIOR and LORD. 


The way to do that is to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You then, MUST BELIEVE with ALL your HEART that, JESUS DIED for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and BE JUSTIFIED before God, NOT by WORKS of the LAW, but by FAITH in JESUS CHRIST.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


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