For a long time after I received Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I would seek to do good works to sort of “guarantee” my salvation. But after getting more acquainted with the scriptures, I soon found out that I had the wrong motive for my good works.
One good thing about the scriptures is that it gives numerous pictures of salvation. I think one of the best pictures of salvation is given in the book of Exodus. Forgive my loose paraphrase, but this is roughly what happened. It was during the time of Moses when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt under a cruel Pharaoh. God choose to use Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. After Moses performed signs to Pharaoh proving that he was speaking for God and that God wanted Pharaoh to let his people go, Pharaoh refused.
Then God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that since he refuses to let his people go, he was going to send plagues upon Egypt so that Pharaoh would know that “I am the Lord”. After nine different plagues, Pharaoh still refused to let the people go. Then God told Moses to tell Pharaoh that about midnight, God was going to go through Egypt and every firstborn son in Egypt would die, including the firstborn of Pharaoh, the firstborn of slaves and even the firstborn of the cattle. The loud wailing would be so great that this would surely cause Pharaoh to let the people go. But Pharaoh still refused.
In order to protect the Israelites, God told Moses to have the blood of an unblemished lamb put on the sides and tops of the door posts of all the Israelites. When God came through Egypt that night, he looked on the door posts. When he saw the blood of the lamb, He passed over that house and the firstborn inside that house was saved. If he did not see the blood on the door posts, the first born in that house died. The loud wailing was indeed great and Pharaoh finally let the people go.
You notice that God was not looking to see who had done some good works. He was only looking for the blood. This is a perfect picture of salvation. When it comes time for the judgment, God will look to see if the blood of His Lamb, His Son Christ Jesus, has been applied to our sins. If he sees the blood, he will pass over us and we will be spared from His judgment and will enjoy eternal life with Him forever. But if He doesn’t see the blood of His Son, those people will experience the fullness of His wrath and will be separated from Him forever.
This showed me that by trying to “guarantee” my salvation with good works, I was in effect putting the blood and good works on my door posts. By putting the good works on my door post I was saying to God that the blood of JChrist esus is not enough to save me. I now know that God only wants to see the blood of His Son Jesus applied to our hearts and our sins. Good works are a good thing. But we do good works because we are saved and we want to please the one who saved us; not because we want to be saved. This is where faith comes in. We must believe that the blood of Christ Jesus alone is sufficient for our salvation. Good works will not save us.
So what’s on your door post? Is it the blood of the Lamb of God or is it your good works? Share with us if you have had a similar experience.
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