If Our Good Works Could Save Us…

If our good works could save us then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through.  We would be like taxpayers with rights.

But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace–at God’s infinite cost–then there’s nothing He cannot ask of me.

Sheer grace has 2 edges to it:

  1. It cuts away fear.
  2. But if God loves us freely, despite our flaws and failures, then we are not our own.  We were bought with a price.

Martin Luther said, “We are saved by faith alone (not our works), but not by faith that remains alone.”

POWER

Power.  We think of strength or authority in our daily situations.  A baseball hitter is known to have power when he hits lots of home runs.  The President certainly has power as a ruler of a country.  A boss has power over employees.

What does “power” mean in the context of Acts 1:8 (But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.)?  Practically speaking, what power does the Spirit give me?

  1. The power over sin, the flesh, and Satan.
  2. The power of the Spirit bears fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.).
  3. The power of identity: I am God’s adopted child, righteous in His sight.
  4. The power to witness to God’s love and truth.

Do Our Actions Match Our Convictions?

Daniel 6:4-5…

At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

Daniel’s opponents scrutinized him to find faults.  They couldn’t find any so they basically made up some.

If someone examined my life (your life), would my (your) actions match my (your) convictions?  Would I (you) be found blameless and faithful.

FAQ: Will Catholics Go To Heaven?

Catholics who trust in Christ for salvation will go to heaven, just as Protestants who trust in Christ.

Catholics or Protestants or even people who are a part of my church family who trust in religion or their good works and NOT in Christ will not go to heaven.