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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
62

“... not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

 
 
   

The overwhelming tendency of mankind is to assume that a person’s goodness is the foundation of his relationship with God and of his entrance into the kingdom of God. Fallen man has unbridled confidence in the virtue of his charities and benevolent deeds and expects to be favorably received by God on the basis of them. The thinking is that if man is sometimes not as honest, not as pure, not as devout as he ought to be, his helpful deeds done for the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the widow, etc. will atone for all. Man may be a sinner, but all is not lost. Man can save himself by his sacrifices of time, money, and energy for those less fortunate than himself. It is assumed that God puts very small marks against a man for his transgressions but very great marks in man’s favor for his charities. Thus man can rejoice and glory in his philanthropies, for these are his saviors. Sadly, it is thinking like this which is taking multitudes to everlasting punishment. This is not God’s way of salvation but the very opposite. God’s salvation requires a divine Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. It makes much of His obedience, of His good works, of His righteousness. “Now this is the name by which He will be called: the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Apart from Christ, “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6) In the eyes of God, only the good works of Jesus have saving merit, for Jesus is the divine Savior who as the spotless Lamb of God suffered for sinners. Yes, we ought to help those in need, but such assistance is no substitute for Jesus Christ. Christians sing in praise of Jesus, not in praise of themselves.

   

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