(please see the previous two posts for the context of this discussion)

When asked, “Are you saved?  Are you going to heaven?,” many believers hesitate to offer a confident, affirmative answer.  When challenged as to the reason for their doubt, a typical response is “I just don’t feel like I’m good enough!”

Let’s lay this one to rest once and for all, shall we?  You’re not good enough.  You’re not!  I’m not good enough.  We’re not good enough.  No one has ever been good enough to be saved from their sins.  Never has been; isn’t now; never will be.  No one will be heaven because they deserve to be there. 

That’s the whole point!  That’s why we needed a Savior (Matt. 1:21; Luke 2:11).  That’s why we still need an Advocate with the Father and the power of His atoning sacrifice (I John 2:1-2).  “Why are you asking Me about what is good?  There is only One who is good” (Matthew 19:17).  “There is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10).

This Biblical truth cannot be minimized or ignored just because some people would twist it into an excuse for immorality, use it as a moral copout, or buy into a concept of cheap grace.  There is more than ample Scripture to combat those notions.  But, our efforts to answer these misunderstandings of Scripture cannot be allowed to cause us to arrive at an even bigger one, i.e., the mistaken belief that faithfulness equates flawlessness and that enough obedience makes us good enough!    

So, our confidence in our salvation is not because of us, but because of Him.  We do not trust in our goodness but in Him who is good.  “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake” (I John 2:12).  Forgiven for His name’s sake; because of who He is; by the power and authority of His name; by the power of His sacrifice.

Salvation in Jesus Christ is not a revolving door through which we repeatedly move in and out of a right relationship with God on a daily basis.  Our assurance of heaven cannot be based on the thin hope and chance that we happen to catch the door in the proper position at the moment of our death or at the Lord’s return.  What a horrible way to live!

We seem to have no problem accepting and owning our salvation when we first receive it, nor do we hesitate in the least to confidently speak of a faithful Christian’s reception into divine glory when they depart this life.  It would be a shame to forfeit the joy and confidence of that salvation during the years in between!

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