Another Lie

An old timer once told me, “If a man will lie, he’ll do anything.” That is exactly what Satan will do to see that you die unsaved: ANYTHING! And, being the father of lies (John 8:44), it should not be a surprise that he will encourage you to believe anything that will keep you from eternity with the Father. One of the easiest to believe would be the lie that you are not good enough to be saved.

It is the worst kind of lie because it is a half-truth. A bare-faced, obvious falsehood will not work as well as a half-truth because it is more easily discovered and debunked than a lie with a grain of truth to it. But a half-truth – well, it has that ring of just-enough-truth to cause you to question.

Therefore, let us examine the half-truth: you are not good enough to be saved. The question is: will we ever be good enough to be saved? Absolutely not! All have sinned (Romans 3:23) and it is sin that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). Since sin is deserving of death (James 1:15) and since we cannot “undo” sin, our spiritual condition seems to be an unsolvable situation.

Enter the grace of God. Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) and, through His blood, we have forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:14). Being saved has never been about being good enough. It is this falsely assumed premise upon which Satan tells his worst lie.

The important conclusion to this is: you are never so bad you cannot be saved! No matter what you have done, if you are willing to repent (Luke 13:3, 5) and be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:1-4) and live faithfully unto death (Revelation 2:10), you can be saved.

Jeff Sweeten