8 Reasons Why We Can’t Work Our Way To Heaven

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“The irony is that most people who believe that you have to work your way to heaven are not working!” – Dr. D. James Kennedy

1. If we can get to heaven by our own good works then why did Jesus have to suffer and die? Why did God the Father, send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to be born, not in a royal palace, but in a lowly manger? Why did the Father send His only Son, knowing beforehand that Jesus would be rejected by men, scorned, beaten, mocked, ridiculed, slandered, slapped, punched, spat upon, have his beard plucked out, and a crown of thorns pressed into his head? Why did the Father allow His only Son to be stripped naked, tortured, crucified, and to have a spear thrust into His side (God could have intervened) if it were possible for us to gain salvation apart from Christ? “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)
2. God hates when people boast about their good deeds. The Bible says “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

3. We’ll never know when we’ve done enough good deeds.

4. We can never do enough good deeds (or be good enough) when the standard is perfection. “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)

5. God sees the heart. What looks like a good deed on the outside, inwardly may be done with a selfish motive. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” (Proverbs 16:2)

6. Not a single good deed amounts to anything for the unconverted. They are like filthy rags. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)

7. The Bible says that salvation is by the grace of God. “But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” (Acts 15:11)

8. The Bible says that salvation is a free gift. We cannot earn it! “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) “So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life.” (Romans 5:18) “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:5)

This is one of the major differences between Christianity and all other religions. All the other religions require that you work your way to heaven, paradise, nirvana, etc. Where they say “Do!”, Christianity says “Done!” There is nothing that we can do to add to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. His work is sufficient! It’s an offense to God the Father for us to think that somehow His Son’s sacrifice wasn’t enough.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross being sacrificed for the sins of all those who would believe – the Bible says this:
After This, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30) [emphasis added] (See: “It Is Finished!”: Jesus Does Not Need Your Help by Tony Miano)

1. He never misused the authority.
2. He started surveying the land and got himself ready to do the work.
3. Prayer is not the substitute of work, pray and takes action as much as possible.
4. Joseph was part and parcel of the work force, he never relax in his governor’s office and gave instructions only.
5. Joseph was able through God to recognise his brothers and I believe the entire historical background he has gone through because of his brothers evilness came back to him and I believe it was time for a serious revenge to his own blood brothers, but God who occupied Joseph and humbled Joseph for so many years [13 years] could not allow Joseph to make any revenge. Goodness or God is clearly portrayed here.
6. How do I deal with my enemies when I am in position of power? What is happening today with the people in high positions as they deal with their enemies? Chaos and utter hatred and revenge, disunity and murder. You will really feel that you have sinned against that particular person, but not with Joseph.
7. Joseph welcomed his brothers with wisdom.
8. Joseph commanded that his entire family must be brought to Egypt as to avoid any death by hunger in the next 7 years.
9. Joseph finally introduced himself to his brothers as Joseph. Genesis 45:1-5
Joseph Reveals His Identity
45 Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was. 2 Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.
3 “I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. 4 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.
a) If God works through us we will surely die to ourselves.
b) We will serve people with all humility.
c) We will appreciate the lives of other people and try to bring them to God with all humility.
d) We will know that it is no longer I that live within me but it is Christ who lives within me. Galatians 2:20


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