Romans 3:10, 20, 23
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17
How many times have you heard someone say, “When I die, I’m going to heaven because I have a lived a good life”? Well, many good people do go to heaven, but so do a lot of other folks who lived a “so-so” life.
That is because the key to salvation is not how good you are, but in whom you place your trust. When Paul first preached this message, the Jewish leaders called him a heretic and wanted him stoned to death. Their lives had been molded according to the Law of Moses and Jewish tradition. They could not conceive tossing it away for the sake of salvation by grace.
The problem we run into when we try to live good lives is, how good is good enough? There is no way to measure it. What may be regarded as good to you is deficient to someone else.
Christ did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it, living the only life good enough to satisfy God’s demand for perfection (Matthew 5:17). His death on Calvary was the beginning of the new age of grace (Luke 22:20). Christ is the only way to heaven. Don’t spend a lifetime hoping that somehow you will end up in heaven through good deeds. Believe in Christ and know that you are saved!
Father, I can never be “good enough.” Thank You for the righteousness You secured for me at the Cross.