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Not A Chance

All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. -Ezekiel 18:22

If there is anything we as Christians know, it is that we are totally dependent on the grace of God for our salvation-- as made available through the blood of Jesus. That said, our righteousness becomes reality when we accept the offering He has for us of atonement through the crucifixion. Once we accept His offer and commit ourselves to His care, our transgressions will not be mentioned to us!

In fact, not only will our sins not be mentioned, He will choose not to even remember them! For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. -Hebrews 8:12

I suspect that many people who may call themselves Christians still have some idea that they need to do good deeds to make it to Heaven-- or at least take a stab at living a 'good life.' Time spent in the Word reveals otherwise and exposes the dangerous position we place ourselves in when we think that way. For 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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. -Ephesians 2:8-10

So, there you have it. Without the atonement of the blood, we don't have a chance! Thanks to God for the sacrifice He made so we can spend eternity with Him!

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