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Spring Cleaning

The other day as I was painting, I got paint on my hands. When I went to wash it off, soap and water didn’t quite work. So, I used a bit of turpentine and voila! It did the trick.

This got me thinking, when it comes to cleaning our hands, we have a lot of options: water, soap, hand sanitizer, turpentine, etc. But, what about when it comes to cleaning our hearts and lives? What options do we have then?

Most will agree that “God is one.” But many will argue that there are many paths one can follow to reach God and basically cleanse one’s life of all sin. But Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. According to the Bible, salvation can come only through Jesus Christ. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. There is no alternative plan for salvation.

Now, one of the most common arguments is that we can absolve ourselves of sin by doing “good works” to cancel out the bad.

Let us assume for arguments sake that one can obtain salvation through doing enough “good” works to cancel out the “bad” works. We will define “good” works as those that benefit another. We will define “bad” works as those that harm others or ourselves. Under this theory, ask yourself, “Can I do enough good works to cancel out my bad works?” If you are honest with yourself, the answer is, “No.”

At the most fundamental level, with every breath we take, every move we make, we are killing tiny living micro-organisms. Thus, we are constantly sinning. I don’t think a person exists who is constantly doing good works to cancel out these bad works.

However, stepping a level above that, our human minds are full of “evil.” We are constantly allowing negative thoughts to enter our minds. Whether we are jealous of another’s possessions, envious of their status in life, or simply unsatisfied with our own situation, our mind is in effect “sinning.” Whether we behave in a self-serving manner, speak to our loved ones in an irritated or angry voice, or take for granted the blessings we have been given, we are in effect sinning.

We might as well admit, then, that no man deserves saving and no man can save himself. Salvation must be free or the sinner could never get it.

The Bible teaches us in Ephesians 2:8-9:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

So, only Jesus can wash away our sins.

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