We have heard it said by more than a few, "I am a good moral person, I never break the law, I try to help everyone I can, I would never do anything to harm anyone. I know I'm saved, because me and Jesus have it all worked out." While no doubt, this is a very good way to live, is being good and moral, enough to get us to heaven? The only advice I can give is, perhaps we should look to God's Word to see what He has to say on the subject, just to be sure.

First let's look at chapter 10 and 11 of the book of Acts. Cornelius was a Roman centurion of Caesarea. He was a devout man who feared God with all his house. He was considered by all to be a good person, who gave alms to the people and prayed to God always. God sent an angel to Cornelius telling him to send men to Joppa and find a man named Simon Peter. The next day his men traveled to Joppa and located this Peter of whom the angel had spoken. God instructed the apostle Peter to go with these men doubting nothing. When Peter and others with him came to the house of Cornelius, they preached unto all his house, Jesus, and salvation through him. Even though Cornelius was not a Jew, but a Gentile, God's Holy Spirit was poured out on all those in his house who heard the words of Peter. Peter seeing this, realized that God had accepted the Gentiles for salvation as well as the Jews. He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus, for the remission of their sins. Cornelius was without doubt a good and honorable man, but obviously there was more he must do, to be saved.

Then again in Acts chapter 8, we read of the Ethiopian eunuch, a man of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who had traveled a great distance to Jerusalem to worship God. Obviously he was a devout man of great conviction to travel so far for his belief. As the man was returning home riding in his chariot, he read from Esaias the prophet concerning the prophesy of Jesus, but failed to understand of whom he read. An angel of the Lord instructed Philip to go and join himself to the chariot, which he did, and asked the man if he understood what he read? He answered, "how can I except some man should guide me?" Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Preaching Jesus obviously included baptism, for as they went on their way they came to a certain water, and the eunuch said, "See here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?' Philip said, if thou believe with all thy heart thou may. He answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Then he stopped the chariot and they both went down into the water and Philip baptized the eunuch and he went on his way rejoicing. The eunuch was a believer, but he lacked the understanding of God's word concerning Jesus and baptism for remission of sins.

Living a good moral life, sharing, and helping others is to be commended of anyone, but this alone will not and cannot save us. For by grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9). Therefore ye shall observe all my statues and all my judgments, and do them, I am the Lord (Lev. 19:37). For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments (I John 5:3). On the mountain of transfiguration God said to Peter, James, and John, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him." (Matt. 17:5) God's beloved Son, Jesus Christ, tells us we must hear (Rom. 10:17), believe (Mark 16:16), repent (Luke 13:3), confess (Rom. 10:9), be baptized (Acts 2:38), and live faithful until death (Rev.2:10). Therefore to be saved, we must dutifully keep every one of God's commandments till we die, no exceptions.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God's word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.