Jehovah’s Witnesses are working hard to earn their way to God. But the truth is—they don’t have to. Anyone who places their trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin and believes that Christ died to pay the penalty for their sins is forgiven of their sins. Jesus paid the price. We don’t have to—in fact, the Bible says we can’t.
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is
true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has
sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved
kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when
he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice
for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his
life, shedding his blood. (Romans 3:22–25)
Eternal life comes by faith in Christ—not by any effort on man’s part to achieve salvation through keeping church laws. In other words, God’s acceptance is a gift, not a reward for religious efforts, no matter how sincere or how impressive they may be. Grace (God’s unconditional love and undeserved mercy), not law (conditional love based on good works and human performance), is the only way to have a relationship with God.
But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us,
not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy
Spirit.” (Titus 3:4–5)
No matter what we do, how hard we work, how good we are . . . the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. What a blessing to know that the pressure isn’t on us. Forgiveness and eternal life is a gift from God. A gift of love. Jesus did what we cannot not do for ourselves. It’s up to us to accept His gift and follow Him.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that
we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
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