Why “Being Good” Can’t Be Good Enough

I imagine all of us at some point have wished that “being good” was enough to spend eternity with God. People that  we love will one day leave this world, and we will wonder if they ever put their trust in Jesus Christ. With the best of intentions, we wish God would grant salvation based on their “goodness”.

The problem in wishing this is that it is not what the Bible teaches. To think or believe what the Bible does not teach is to misunderstand the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, to ignore numerous passages of Scripture, and to read others out of context. Our beliefs must conform to God’s inerrant Word.

The Bible teaches that we’re saved by faith alone in Christ alone. This truth  is the distinguishing characteristic between Christianity and all other religions. The Bible says that “none is righteous, no, not one” that “no one seeks God” and that “no one does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12). About our righteous deeds it says, they’re like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). God really is that holy and we all fall short of the perfect standard He set, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Thankfully, God didn’t leave us in this hopeless condition. By His grace, He has provided a way of salvation  in Christ. Our stains have been washed clean by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). Jesus willingly traded His righteousness for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) and by His wounds we have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). This is the message we share. This is the good news. This is the gospel. Let these truths never be lost.

Though perhaps we might sometimes wish salvation rested on our goodness, the Bible clearly teaches it does not. Salvation results from one thing—trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ, because, unlike us, He was good enough!

“All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” Romans 10:12

About Bert Lewis

Bert Lewis has a Master’s degree in Christian Studies from Union University in Jackson, TN. He is the author of Unveiled: 52 Weekly Devotions for Encountering God. He also writes a blog, Unveiled https://bertlewisunveiled.com/ Bert is a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church and has served as a deacon and small group leader. Bert has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years. He and his wife, Karen have three children and live in Hoover, Alabama.

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