πŸ‘‘ The Rest Of The Story… πŸŽ™οΈ

During the Second World War, radio personality Paul Harvey began ending his daily newscast with a feature he called, β€œThe Rest of the Story.” These factual narratives always concluded with an interesting twist that made for a surprise ending. Listeners were often fascinated to learn that even when it came to stories with which they were familiar, there was always more to the story than what they had previously heard.

This is sometimes true of the greatest story ever told, the gospel of Jesus Christ. There may be more to the story than what you have heard in the past, and the part you may not have heard just might be the very thing that is keeping you from believing what the Bible says about how to be saved from your sins. Let’s begin by reviewing the part you may have already heard, the part that maybe left you feeling skeptical about the Bible’s plan of salvation.

The Bible clearly teaches that you cannot work your way to heaven by doing good works:

β€œFor by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

β€œNot by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” (Titus 3:5).

Perhaps you’ve heard these verses before, and wondered, β€œDoes that mean God does not want us to do good works?” Since this didn’t seem to make any sense to you, maybe you chose not to believe what you considered to be such an unbelievable gospel.

If that’s the case, it might comfort you to know that God knew in advance that people would wonder about this. That’s why right after that verse we quoted that says salvation is β€œnot of works,” the next verse goes on to say that believers are β€œcreated in Christ JesusΒ untoΒ good works” (Ephesians 2:9,10). If you are wondering what it means to be β€œcreated in Christ,” remember that God created a creature named Adam in the beginning. Today, when someone believes the gospel, God makes him β€œaΒ newΒ creature” (II CorinthiansΒ 5:17). And just as God’s first creature was created to do the good work of dressing and keeping the Garden of Eden (GenesisΒ 2:15), believers in Christ are likewise β€œcreated in Christ Jesus unto good works.” That is, while you cannot be saved from your sins by doing good works, once you are saved by grace, you’llΒ wantΒ to do good works because you are saved (not in order to get saved) to express your gratitude to God for saving you.

We see the same thing in that other gospel verse we quoted, where right after saying that salvation is β€œnot by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5), Paul adds β€œthat they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8). Here again we see that after we are saved by grace through faith, God then reminds us to do the good works that we were created to do.

So you see, just because God does not ask you to do good worksΒ in order to be saved doesn’t mean He doesn’t want you to do good works! He just wants you to understand that good works comeΒ afterΒ salvation, not before. Most people get the cart before the horse, and you just can’t get to heaven in a cart like that!

Does the gospel story seem a little more believable to you now? If so, you should know that while you can only be saved by believing, it is important to believe in the right thing! It is not enough just to believe in God, for β€œthe devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). It is not even enough to have faith in Christ; you must haveΒ β€œfaith in His blood” (Romans 3:25). That is, you must believe that the blood He shed on the cross paid for all of your sins, and that you don’t have to add a single good work to what He has already done on your behalf. Romans 4:5 says:

β€œBut to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

If you are still not sure how to be saved from the judgment of God on your sins, ask yourself this question. If you died today, and God asked, β€œWhy should I let a sinner like you into My Heaven?” what would your answer be? If your answer is anything other than, β€œChrist died for my sins,” or if you try to add your own good works to what Christ did for you on Calvary, then you are not fully trusting in His blood. Why not rather follow the advice of the Apostle Paul? When a man asked him, β€œWhat must I do to be saved?,” Paul replied quite simply,

β€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (ActsΒ 16:30,31).

And now you knowΒ the rest of the story! source

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