I’ve been posting “good news” stories here for years. Today it occurred to me that I had never shared the best news of all with you. Here is a post from a Facebook page I received today. I hope it touches your heart.
What Christ did on the cross was sufficient sacrifice to satisfy the debt of your sins against God and to afford you forgiveness of your sins, cleansing through His blood and transference from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, to be born again and filled with His Spirit.
You cannot do good works to tip the scale in your favor. We do good works out of gratitude for what He has already done. We cannot earn heaven. Take part in the believer’s rest and lay down the heavy burden of never knowing if you have done enough to earn heaven.
As the song says,
Jesus said it best, “It is finished.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (Amplified Bible)
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved
(delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
Galatians 2:21 (New Living Translation)
I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
John 6:28-29 (New American Standard)
Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
Love in Christ Jesus, Mark