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SALVATION QUESTION 218
Why put me on the same level as the drunkard or harlot?
We read in Romans 3:22-23, “...for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Although we create differences between people, God says there is no difference “ALL have, and do sin. Solomon put it this way, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not”(Ecclesiastes. 7:20). People might do some good deeds, but on the whole there is not one that is or doeth good. The best that we can ever be is not good enough for God. He is absolutely holy and righteous and commanded Adam (and therefore all mankind) to be like him.
God set the standard and it is perfection. Let me illustrate: If a person steals $100 he is a thief. If another steals $1,000,000 he is also a thief There is no difference between them as regards what they are; they are both thieves. The difference between them is in regard to what they have done. The first thief will not receive the same sentence as the last one. And that is what we find in the Bible: The drunkard and harlot will suffer more for their sins than the moralist who does none of those things. God will deal justly with all unrepentant sinners at the Great White Throne where the books will be opened and every one will be judged according to what they have done (Revelation 20:11).
Too many people are depending on their ‘goodness’ to make them acceptable to the Lord. This is the natural way of thinking; “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Since heaven is a good place one naturally thinks - if I can be good enough I will make it. But that is not so! “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27). If you were allowed in, even with one sin, it would not be heaven any more.
The good news is that you can be perfect before God in Christ, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews. 10:14). The word “sanctified” means ‘made holy’ which is only possible through the sacrifice Christ made for our sins. This is not automated. One must realized that they are sinners and put their trust in Him and His precious blood to cleanse them from all their sins. 1 John 1:7, “. . . and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin
You don’t get into heaven by trying, but by trusting Christ to save you. Believing about Him will not save. You must trust completely on Him and His sacrifice for your sins. Have you done that? If not, will you trust Him now?
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated March 13th, 2014 by Sandra Felix