Sunday, May 6th, 2012
Do Good People Go To Heaven? (Part 1)
But Jesus said, 'No one is good but One, that is, God.'
Matthew 19:17 (NKJV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
All our righteous acts are like filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 (NIV)
Jesus says no one is good but God. No evangelist, no preacher, no pastor, no miracle worker, and certainly not us. The truth that no one is good but God shines throughout the Bible.
But we can do good works; 'Jesus said, 'Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me' ' (Mark 14:6). Don't good people do good works? By our standards, yes. By God's standards, no. However, Jesus shows us that sinners can do good work for Him.
From a Christian point of view, we are 'Saved through faith' which is a 'Gift of God' (Ephesians 2:8). But we also know 'That faith without works is dead' (James 2:20). Which surely means 'good works' are important--which brings us back to 'good people'--which brings us back to Heaven, and who gets in.
Jesus says, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me' (John 14:6), 'That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name' (John 20:31). Which brings us back to Christians.
Here's my challenge: some Christians flaunt salvation scriptures as victory flags in the faces of sinners. But Jesus said, 'I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Matthew 9:13). Since no 'good people' go to Heaven, do good-serving sinners have an edge?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do Good People Go To Heaven? series.