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Doing good

Many people believe that seeking to live a ‘good life’ will enable them to get into heaven. The Wednesday evening homegroup, which is now studying Romans, looked at the first half of chapter 2 last week. These verses deal with God’s final judgment and verse 6 states that God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” Does this verse confirm, therefore, that we can be saved by our own good works?
The homegroup noted that this verse 6 is a direct quote from the last verse of Psalm 62. In the earlier verses David writes the following:
• “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him” (v1)
• “He alone is my rock and my salvation” (v2&5)
• “My salvation and my honour depend on God” (v7)
• “Trust in Him at all times, O people” (v8)
David’s clear message is that God alone saves us – our responsibility is solely to trust Him, to believe in Him, to have faith in Him. The ‘works’ and ‘rewards’ of v6 are, therefore, all to do with our trusting God and living a life of faith and obedience in response to His amazing, saving grace.
Jesus conclusively confirmed this in John 6v28,29. He was asked what people should do to please God – basically how can we live a good life? His remarkable, simple answer was “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent” – i.e. to believe in Himself, Jesus Christ.
The only ‘good work’ that will enable anyone to get into heaven is to trust in Jesus for salvation. Are you living such a good life or are you trying to find an alternative route (which, of course, if it did exist would make a complete mockery of the cross of Calvary)? Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14v6).
Peace and Grace
Paul