The futility, the absurdity, of the popular “works doctrine” relevant to salvation.
Human nature tells us that we must earn our own way to God, partly due to self-righteousness, partly due to a lack of faith in God and His word. What an awful life scenario for one who lives life never knowing for sure if they’ve lived sufficiently “good” or have completed a sufficient number of “good deeds” to be pleasing to the Father thereby garnering His favor for eternal life – or – are they headed to death in Hell because of past-present-future sin? This enslavement to Satan’s tactics is completely contrary to our Lord’s will.
It is written,
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:12-13 (Berean Study Bible)
24 Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25 (NASB)
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? Galatians 3:1-2 (Berean Study Bible)