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Day 19 – Are You Boasting About Your Good Works?

Reading: Eph 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Today’s verse:

“Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)

Oh my! The floor has just come out from underneath 99% of today’s religions. How many “good” people have you come across in your journey on this earth? The old saying holds true:

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Henry G. Bohn

I can think of so many who have done good in my city alone. History also has many. Abraham Lincoln was instrumental in the freeing of the slaves. Mahatma Gandhi was a philosopher, a man of peace and a resolver of conflict. The Foundation Center claims that Andrew Carnegie was one of the world’s greatest philanthropists. Siddhartha Gautama was the founder of Buddhism, which was a religion of morals. No matter how good these men were or how much good they contributed to the world, none of their work could gain them entrance to Heaven. There is not enough money which could be paid that would gain entrance to Heaven. Jesus’ blood is the only cost for entrance to Heaven.

The Apostle Paul is quite clear in this very short verse: Not of works, lest any many should boast. If I were able to get to heaven because I prayed the right prayers several times a day, or gave to charity, or prayed five times daily toward Mecca, or visited the sick and shut-ins, then I could easily boast about my accomplishments. I could simply tell God on the day of my judgment to look at all those things I had done. If these actions were enough to get to heaven, there would not be a humble person in heaven. Heaven would be comprised of people boasting about their abilities. It’s like a child saying, “Hey, look at me!” Even more thought provoking is the fact if we could get to heaven on our own merit, why would Jesus have to come to earth to die on the cross? What would be God’s reasoning to send His Son to die for nothing if I can do it on my own????

There are many religions which believe that after we die, we go to a “place” where unconfessed sin is purged so we may be clean upon our entrance to heaven. This purging is done via earthly prayers by family members or by other earthly means. These acts indicate that Jesus’ shed blood was not enough and can’t possibly cover all our sins. It indicates that His blood is not able to include these sins.

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)

Again, I ask you, why would Jesus have to come to earth to die on the cross? If you believe as the other 99% of the world, you are saying that the work on the cross is not sufficient. When Jesus died, He said “It is finished!” His redemptive work was done. He died for all sins and the work was finished. Dear friend, can you not see this?

There is no redemption in anything else but Jesus’ blood.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (Colossians 1:14)

Dear God…
To Thee I give my heart
I know my sin is great
I confess them all, I do repent
I no longer wish this fate

Forgive me, God, and cleanse my heart
I acknowledge Jesus as my Saviour
I know He reigns with You on high
I long to meet Him, my Redeemer


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