Statement made on FB: “God’s will is for us to love one another, nothing more.” True or False?
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29 (NKJV)
You can love and sacrifice your life via philanthropy and give all that you possess to the poor and die in defense of the defenseless and still die the “second death” in Hell. Your self-righteousness will NOT initiate covenant relationship with God the Father. Unless you have believed with a sincere heart that Jesus is Lord and that He died to pay your sin-debt thereby establishing covenant relationship with the Father, your works of philanthropy are, on your best day, equated to a bloody menstrual cloth in the nose of God (Isaiah 64:6).
Once you have established covenant relationship with the Father by faith in Jesus the Son as your Lord (John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-10) and you’ve received the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Guarantor of that covenant relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14), then and only then do your good works done through the integrity of the indwelling Holy Spirit garner the attention of God concerning your justification in that your works of righteousness SUBSEQUENT to faith in Jesus as Lord validate the authenticity of your faith as being true and from the heart. This work of sanctification is performed by the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides you in God’s will as He prepares you for service in the New Jerusalem (Galatians 5:16).
Works of self-righteousness save no one…this is the Jewish eternal error…no one can be sufficiently “good” to make atonement for their own sin…only faith in the shed blood of Messiah Jesus on the Cross at Golgotha makes atonement for sin (John 14:6; Leviticus 17:11; Romans 5:1; 1 Peter 1:19).
“18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life you inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was known before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in the last times for your sake.…” 1 Peter 1