“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Romans 13:9
I read something the other day about this subject, so I thought I’d just do a brief ‘opinion post’.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who think that I post nothing but “do’s and don’t’s” both on here and on my facebook page. And yes, that would be true from time to time. lol
But there is a difference between doing and not doing when it comes to salvation.
If you are relying on your ‘doing or not doing’ to save you, then you will be sorely disappointed when the Lord tells you that you won’t make it into heaven, because it isn’t out ‘deeds’ nor ‘works’ that save us, but faith in Christ’s finished work of the cross.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but >>he that doeth the will of my Father<< which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name >>done many wonderful works<<?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
A born again Christian knows that their deeds and works will never save them, but they understand that God has plenty of “do’s and don’t’s” in His word. A born again Christian will also try to obey those commands out of reverential love for Him, because they know that God has rules for our own good, and ultimately His glory.
Much like we stop on a red light, and go on a green light, God has similar commands in His word.
But again, if you are following those commands believing that they will save you, you are going about it the wrong way.
First comes salvation, then comes obedience to God’s word out of love for Him.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10