For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith---and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God---not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
This is the main stumbling block to eternal life with God and the Saints in Heaven. Since we all are sinners, and I say ALL ARE due to ancestry. You've heard about Adam and Eve and the apple, and when they took that bite, God said, "I told you not to eat and you did!" And Adam did the 'manly' thing and pointed out that Eve ate first and told him it was good and, "God, you were the one who made her.....?? God zapped them with some very bad promises and eventually kicked them out of Eden and you and I get to share in what God Promised. Up until that day, everything was beautiful in Eden. What God intended was to have it perfect forever for all of us, but the first man and woman "Sinned" and thus we all are born with a "Sin Nature". That was the consequence of biting into forbidden fruit and with our first breath, we enter the world a sinner and for our entire life, we are sinners. That's why God gave His only Son to pay all our sin price. "ALL"! "FOREVER"! Everyone of us sin constantly and the consequences of sin is death. Not just death in this life, but our soul dies in HELL forever! So, Jesus SAVES! You and I can do absolutely NOTHING on our own to change that fact. Some will say that we can do good for all our life, but without the gift of God, we lose, forever. You may know someone totally "Above reproach" (that person may even look back at you from the mirror), but without belief in Christ Jesus; acknowledging our sin, repenting and turning from our wicked ways, we are lost and going to HELL. I've had to "Eat Crow" by apologizing for hurting or wronging another. That is the most ghastly nasty thing I've ever put in my mouth, but the day I confessed my sin and accepted God's greatest gift I enjoyed every bite. The best thing about salvation is that you only have to do it once. With Jesus in your heart, the biggest temptation you can have will be so very easy to walk away from. There is no power anywhere like that! That is the Fact of Life that gives Meaning. That makes for the "Best Life"! The best "Love Life"!
And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field
James G Austin, '69
P.S. - Killing babies, homosexuality, transgender, malicious lies don't seem to be of concern to the masses, but taking a truckful of illicit money from foreign powers who simply hate our guts?! THAT DOESN'T TELL US WHO? yougottabekiddinme!