A Good Person

today's reading.
Galatians 2:15-21   We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners...

the blog.
The first two chapters of Galatians really turned my thinking to people who don't yet know Christ as Savior. So many times when I'm talking with someone and bring up eternity and Jesus one of the first things they say back is "Well, I'm a good person." That statement is an indicator that this person thinks that what they do and how they live (their "works") is how they're getting into heaven. 

But God's plan of salvation has nothing to do with our works and everything to do with placing our faith in Jesus. Paul spells this out in Galatians 2:16, "Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified." And if you flip a few pages in your Bible to Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul also says this, "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."

So who do you know that is operating under the false belief that being a good person and doing the right things is going to get them into heaven? Would you be bold and use Galatians 2:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9 to introduce them to the true gospel? You could change where they spend eternity. Tami

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