What Are You Counting On For Salvation?

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ”
(Matthew 7:22-23)


This is a passage I wouldn’t normally pick as my theme for a devotional. But because the ministry I work for is helping people memorize the Sermon on the Mount this year, I’ve had plenty of time to think (and write) about each verse of Matthew 5-7.

Being asked to write commentary on these particular verses was a tall order, not because I don’t know what they mean, but because I didn’t know what to do with them. We know there are false converts, but what can we do to make sure we aren’t one ourselves? If even signs and wonders don’t prove our salvation, then what can?

If even signs and wonders don’t prove our salvation, then what can?

It’s hard to read a passage like this and not feel at least a bit nervous. We may be fully convinced of our salvation, but so were these guys. How can we be sure we won’t share in their disappointment on Judgment Day? This question is worth serious consideration, so let’s take a moment and put ourselves in their shoes.

Should God let you into heaven?

If God asked you for one good reason why He should let you into heaven, what would you say? Would you, like the false converts, start listing everything you’ve done in Christ’s name? Would you point to a lifetime of church attendance, zealous evangelism, generous giving, or a faithful prayer life? If that didn’t work, would you submit your resumé of good Christian behavior with a list of references? Or, would you point to the cross, the place where the sinless Son of God bled and died on your behalf?

The best you can bring God still falls miserably short.

The Bible tells us that “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). The best you can bring God still falls miserably short (Rom. 3:23), and only by trusting fully in Christ’s work on the cross can you be saved (Acts 4:12). Those who place their faith in Jesus have can be very sure of their salvation, for “whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Rom. 10:11).

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  1. NOTHING but the blood of Jesus…… our repentance at the foot of His cross and being forgiven…. yes, Lord Jesus, YES!!! (Not any sacraments, not any works, not “buying” in, not lists of “stuff” not me but JESUS our sinless lamb dying on our behalf…

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