All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24
If you died today, and God asked you why He should let you into heaven, how would you answer Him?
If you answered “Because I went to church”, or “Because I did good deeds”, He would not let you in.
But if you answered “Because I have trusted in Jesus Christ to pay for my sins“, He would say “Welcome”.
It’s not that going to church or doing good deeds are bad. It’s just that they don’t have any ability to remove sin from our lives.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… (Rom 3:23)
God’s glory is perfect, and unless our sin offering is perfect, it falls short of His glory.
So when we try to offer going to church or our good deeds or anything else as payment for our sins God rejects them because the offering is corrupted by sin and falls short of His glory.
Then How Are We Saved?
…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Rom 3:24)
Where our sin offering is corrupted and rejected Christ’s sin offering on the cross was perfect and is accepted by God the Father.
When we call on Christ to be our Savior it means we’re relying on His sacrifice to make peace with God on our behalf.
When we do this God credits Christ’s perfection to us and we are justified, or declared innocent.