Get Over Yourself, because You Can’t Get Over on GodDecember 30, 2009 at 10:29 am | Posted in Eternity | 6 Comments
Tags: 1 John 2, 2 Timothy 2, eternal salvation, eternal security, good works, Isaiah 64, once saved always saved, perseverance of the saints, pride, self-righteousness
Pride is a dangerous thing. If I were to begin to proclaim that I had done enough good things for God, so that He owed me a place in Heaven, I should be quickly rebuked and shown the error of my ways. My home in Heaven is made secure by God’s grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and I have no justification for bragging about it (Ephesians 2:8-9).
My own merits, whatever they may or may not have been, were completely tainted and stained by my sinful nature prior to salvation (Isaiah 64:6). So I will not be going to Heaven on my own merits, but on the merits of the One Who was perfect in my place, and who bore the weight of, and suffered the force of, God’s wrath in my stead: Jesus Christ the Righteous (I John 2:1-3).
Therefore, it must be understood and proclaimed that our own self-worth, our own self-righteousness, and our own “good” works are completely insufficient to earn God’s eternal approval. This is true even of our own belief and faith. Even the strongest Christian is often weak in his/her belief and unsteady in his/her faith. Are you not grateful beyond measure that when our own belief falters, or falls beneath God’s standards, that His unchanging faith, and not our own, secures our salvation?
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
II Timothy 2:13