From my reading in Romans 9:16-33 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
We are saved by grace through faith.
The apostle Paul uses the example of the faith of the Gentiles and compares it to how many of the Jewish people were attempting to earn salvation.
“What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded.” Rom 9:30-31
The Gentiles were not even originally trying to follow God’s standards, but were made right with God because of their faith.
God can save anyone. No matter what sins you have committed God can forgive you. The message is not, try hard enough and maybe you will get in heaven. The message is…
Salvation is NOT about trying, it’s about trusting!
We are to trust Christ’s forgiveness and that he paid the penalty for all of our sins on the cross!
The Jewish people on the other hand were trying to get right with God by obeying the commands. They never succeeded because there is no way for us to be perfect. Jesus was the only one who lived a perfect life and that is why he was the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Trying to earn your salvation causes you to miss the whole point.
If you are trying to earn your salvation then you will are doing the opposite of what will actually save you!
Stop trying and accept the forgiveness of Jesus! That is the only way to experience salvation!
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