I have been listening to the radio a lot in the last few days. On one of the popular Christian radio networks I have heard this quick message a couple of times in which they point out that a lot of people are trying to get to heaven by their good works. And they ask the question, when is good, good enough? But then they turn around and claim that the bible no where tells us how good we need to be to get to heaven.

I have to differ with them on this point. The bible makes pretty clear that the entrance requirement for heaven is perfection.

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48)

“Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Lev 19:2)

“You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.” (Deut. 18:13)

“as it is written,
         “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; 
    THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
         THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; 
    ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
         THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
         THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.” (Rom. 3:10-12, quoting Ps. 14)

There is no person currently on this earth who will ever be good enough to earn heaven. We are all incapable of earning heaven. We have all sinned before a holy God and therefore have been disqualified as a candidate for heaven based on our own actions. In fact, each sin against God is earning for us an eternal debt of punishment that we will spend an eternity trying to pay off in hell, a penalty we will never fully pay. Yet it is not as though God has left man without any hope. God entered into His creation taking on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. As the God-man he lived the perfect, blameless, holy, righteous life that we could not. Not only did He live the life we couldn’t, but he paid the penalty for our sins that we could not.

So when is good, good enough. When it is done by the only One who is GOOD……God! But if you don’t want to take my word for it, I will Jesus Himself have the last say in the matter.

“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Mk. 10:18)

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