How Are We Justified Before God?
Our salvation cannot be earned by simply doing “good things” such as by offering our service or money to people in need, to our church or to other good causes. These are indeed good things, and we should do them.
But the Bible tells us that we are justified (to be just or right) before God by His grace (gift) through the redemption that is in Jesus (Romans 3:24). This justification comes only by having faith in Jesus, and not by us doing “good things”. In Romans 3:28 we read: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law”.
We need to be careful where we place our hope otherwise we are messing around with a matter that is far more serious than what we normally term as “life and death”. Hell is real and it consists of suffering, fear, despair, agony and hopelessness (no hope to ever be removed from it) that will never end.
In the book of Revelation we read: “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Rev. 19:20). In Rev. 20:15, we read: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”. Hell is a real place that no one can bear.
Do you know anyone you can talk to or help them understand this truth? You never know how you may help save a person from eternal damnation.
By Gregory Doublas
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