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I’m not so bad – my good works will outweigh the bad ones

James 2:10  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

When a person stands before a judge in court, the judge is not trying to figure out how good a person is but how guilty an person is.  One violation of law requires the judge to declare guilt and a punishment.  It is similar with God.  Just one violation of His law determines us as guilty in the same way as if we broke all the laws.  Good human judges cannot be bribed and neither can God.

Deuteronomy 10:17  “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.”

A good human judge does not overlook punishment and neither does God.

Proverbs 11:21  “Be sure of this, God will not let the guilty go unpunished.”

But you say, “I’m so good (self-righteous).”  Many criminals don’t think they are bad people either.  But it does not matter – it only matters what the judge thinks.  What does God think of our good works?

Isaiah 64:6  “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…”

It is not our goodness that saves us but God’s goodness and grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

For a more detailed explanation why goodness does not save, read the first lesson of Why Jesus available in the sidebar for free.

 

Will your good deeds outweigh the bad?

If our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds, will we enter heaven? Many people think so but what does God think?

1.  God cannot be bribed with good deeds

Deuteronomy 10:17 “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of
lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and
takes no bribe.”

2.  Any bad deed can keep one out of heaven

James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law buy fails in one point has
become accountable for all of it.”

3.  Therefore, most people will not enter heaven

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way
is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the
gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are
few.”