The Work that Won’t Work

October 6, 2009 at 9:05 am | Posted in Romans, Salvation | 17 Comments
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Do you hope to one day start working your way to Heaven? Or have you already made a decision to start working your way there? The Bible tells us that there is no hope in either one of these plans.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Romans 11:6

The only way to Heaven is God’s way, and God brings people to Heaven by His grace. Grace is a free gift. If you work for something or pay for something, it is not a gift. A gift must be received, but it can not be paid for or earned.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

If you will not receive God’s grace in this life, you will receive His wrath in eternity.


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