By Shane Kastler
Most people seem to believe that they can earn salvation by being a good person. Or they assume they are automatically saved based on God's goodness. Both of these notions are unbiblical and incorrect. Since God's standard is moral perfection, all of our so-called good deeds would still not add up to salvation. By nature, we are sinners. And sinners have a tendency to sin. Furthermore, our “good deeds” are usually not motivated by a desire to glorify God. So our “good”isn't as good as we think it is.
Likewise, it is wrong to assume that you'll be automatically saved just because God is good. You and I are sinners who have wronged him repeatedly. He does not owe us salvation and grace; He owes us eternal condemnation. Yet, the Bible teaches, that God is gracious. To be saved, we must rely upon His grace and trust in His son Jesus. This is the only road to salvation. Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved.” (John 10:7)
Jesus came and lived a perfect life that is credited to His followers by faith. This means, for those who turn from their sin in genuine repentance and trust in Christ alone for salvation, God gives them a righteous standing, attained by Christ. Jesus also died on the cross to pay the eternal price for His sheep. Those who trust in Him are paid for. Those who don't, are not. It's as simple as that.
Don't think that you can earn you way to Heaven. The Bible is clear that you cannot. And don't think that you don't need salvation, because the Bible is clear that you do. But the only road to glory goes right through the “door” of Jesus Christ. Trust in Him and be saved. Reject Him and perish. It is easy to misunderstand salvation. It is also easy (in some ways) to be saved. It's not your work it's His. And it's not by “work” at all; it's by grace. Don't misunderstand salvation. Experience it and rejoice in it. The Lord is gracious. Get acquainted with His grace.