Am I Not Good Enough As I Am ?

thinkAnd what IS good enough ? How do you know when you have achieved what you think is a "good enough" position to go to Heaven ? (if it were possible)

Did you know that one sin excludes us from Heaven ?

Revelation 21:27:

"And there shall in no wise enter into it (ie Heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s Book of life.

Now, what would defile Heaven ? ONE SIN ! Because God is Holy ! God cannot have sin in His Heaven !

Now, the fact that we were all born in sin, automatically excludes us from Heaven to start with !  

" Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5)

You are  no different from anyone else ! (except of course the Lord Jesus, Who was sinless) 

" For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Besides all this, God is so Holy that our so-called "good works" are unclean in His Holy Sight:

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

Remember - no amount of good works can get you into Heaven ! Did you ever wonder why ?

You see, sin demands death. That is the result of sin. Blood must be shed to atone for (put away) sin.

"...and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)

Now, if you did one million good works from now until a certain period of time - they would not atone for  (put away) one sin ! All that work for nothing ! What you need is a sacrifice for sin ! You need a substitute.  
The Lord Jesus Christ took the sinner's place, and offers pardon, and  forgiveness for sin, through repentance and faith in Him.

Some say that  good works don't matter then ! Well, they do !!  Once you are saved, you will want to do good works - they are the fruit of salvation. And you won't be doing them as some sort of penance, to try and work your way into Heaven, but you will do them out of love for the Lord Jesus.

You see, all these other good things - good works, praying, reading the Bible, going to Church,  in themselves, are good things.  But they will not take away ONE SIN !

You are doing things in REVERSE ORDER ! Come to  Jesus FIRST and all these other things will fall into their rightful place !

"Good works can never save me, no merit of my own
Can purchase my salvation, nor for my sins atone.
But if I trust the Saviour, Who Bore sin's penalty,
He' ll grant me His Salvation for all eternity !
Ephesians 2: 8-10

(please note: Verse 10 is AFTER salvation - the Christian is created in Christ Jesus unto good works)  

"8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God:
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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