Romans 10:3‭-‬4 NLT “For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.”


There are many who say they have a close relationship with God. They testify to how good God has been to them and how He has helped them on many occasions. But are we so close to God that we don’t have to study His word? (2 Timothy 2:15) Some think so. I just spoke with a man who claimed to have a close relationship with God and says the Bible was written by men. “You can take the Bible and make it say whatever you want it to,” he said with a smug face. If this man really had a close relationship with God he would agree with this next passage:

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 NLT “ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD,” and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”‬

“All Scripture is inspired by God,” from Genesis to Revelation. Scripture is used to show us what is true and what is wrong in our lives so we can repent. Scripture is also used by God to prepare His children for every good work. Many like the man I mentioned who refuse to study the Bible cannot reap these benefits since they don’t trust God’s word. 

The man also boasted to me about the good things he does and put others down in the same breath. He also said people who have done good and made the right decisions all their lives deserve to go to heaven more than others. Do you see what’s wrong with this man?🤔 He is self-righteous. He is puffed up with pride. He has established a righteousness of his own based on good works, not the righteousness God requires. MANY think this way. They erroneously believe their good deeds will earn them heaven. (Matthew 7:21-23) The Bible says being made right with God and inheriting eternal life are FREE GIFTS from God. And God doesn’t owe this to anyone. (Romans 6:23)

Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 ESV “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”‬

Anyone who believes that heaven or a right standing with God can be earned by how good they are is in error. Every time I hear this I’m reminded of this next passage:

Luke 18:9‭-‬14 NLT “Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”‬

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