A man tells you he wants to give you a skyscraper in Eko Atlantic City. He says all you have to do is accept the keys from him and he will take you to where the finished skyscraper is. Isn't that Good news?
A man says he wants to give you a skyscraper in Eko Atlantic City. But he says you will have to do the WORK of building it from foundation to the last floor all by yourself without help. That is you will mix the cement, mould the blocks, bend the irons and carry out all the manual labour yourself.
Which of the two scenario sounds like Good News?
You see, Good news never has any blemish or a tiny fraction of sadness. It is purely good news that gladdens the heart.
Today, preachers lie about what salvation truly is. They tell you that Jesus died for your sins and that you have to believe in Jesus to prevent you from going to hell fire. They are right in that regard, but they throw in a sad news into the good news thereby corrupting it.
They tell you that once you accept Jesus, all your previous sins are forgiven. But henceforth, every sin you commit will be upon you and can prevent you from having eternal life thereby subjecting you to damnation in hell fire. They basically say when you accept Jesus Christ, you get salvation and eternal life. But when you commit a little sin, you lose the eternal life and your salvation. So in order to avoid that, you have to live a holy and righteous life. This is false and unscriptural.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The above verse doesn't say once you sin, the everlasting life you have as a result of belief in Jesus will be lost. It simply says belief in Jesus has given you everlasting life, no one can make you lose it, not even yourself. If you can lose the eternal life, which is life never ending, then it wasn't eternal after all.
These false preachers are saying that you have to live a righteous life to earn salvation, whereas salvation is a free gift God gave into us. We did nothing to deserve it. It is by Grace.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
If salvation is by works, then many people will boast when they get to heaven. They will say things like "I never sinned, I paid my tithes, I gave to the poor, I didn't fornicate etc, that's why God allowed me into heaven". Jesus spoke of such people.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
You see, the people in verse 22 we're trusting in their works to save them. That's why they reeled out all the WORKS they've done with the hope that it is what will grant them eternal life. They were basically depending on themselves.
They will be two kinds of Christians on judgment day. The one who will say the reason why he deserves eternal life is because he was a good Christian who did all sorts of Works, and the one who will say the only reason he deserves eternal life is because he believed in Jesus who died to pay for it.
The first set of people are like those in verse 22. Jesus will kick them out because they never acknowledged him in their statement. They gave no regard to his work on the cross. It shows they were never saved. That's why Jesus told them in verse 23 "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity". They did all the good works but still they never got eternal life because they didn't put their hope in Jesus. They were simply boasting forgetting that we owe it all to Jesus.
Imaging you want your friend to use his vehicle to take you to Badagry and he says you will have to fuel it, which you did. Won't you feel somehow when you get to your destination and he starts telling people that you won't have made it there if not for his vehicle? I believe you will quickly remind him that you paid for the fuel that powered his vehicle. The both of you will have to share the glory because you both worked.
Concerning eternity, there's nothing you did. You depending on works means you want to share in God's glory. That's why your kind will boast on judgement day that you did so so and so. Christ did it all on the cross. All we have to do now is have faith in his finished work on the cross which makes us righteous and forever deserving of eternal life.
If you are still trusting in your works to save you from damnation, then it means you are rejecting what Jesus did on the cross. He paid for our eternity, but you feel you don't need his effort, you want to pay it yourself. Your effort can never be enough. It will only earn you damnation. This is all because you think sin is what sends people to hell.
Do you know that sin is not what sends people to hell? What sends people to hell is rejection of or lack of believe in Jesus Christ.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If you believe in Jesus, you already have everlasting life
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Once you believe in Jesus Christ, you have eternal life and nothing can make you lose it, not even yourself. Those who trust on their works don't believe such, that's why they are trusting in themselves for salvation. That's why they are not saved and not a sheep of Jesus.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
Verse 28 says Jesus gives his sheep eternal life and they shall never perish. He even said no one can pluck them out of his father's hand. This means you can't lose your salvation. Nothing you do will ever make you lose your salvation. You are totally safe in God's hands. Today's preachers have call Jesus a liar when they say you can lose your salvation. No one can pluck you out Jesus hand.
But wait, what if you sin? You will get punished here on Earth, but that sin, no matter how terrible it is, can never make you lose your eternal life.