Some say that believing is not enough but that we have to do something as well to be saved.
But the truth is that we can never be perfect by doing works (confession, repenting from sin, good works, prayer, fasting, tithing, forgiving, loving, striving, witnessing, attending Church, seeking, yearning, etc).
It’s because only Jesus Christ is perfectly righteous in works.Nobody has the works that compares to the Almighty God’s perfect Righteousness that was revealed in Christ Jesus.
This is why God offers His righteousness as a free gift by faith. That is the only way for us to be saved.
Romans 5 “receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.”
We receive God’s Gift by relying on what Jesus Christ did – He died for our sins and rose to make us righteous!
Romans 4 “5 But to him who doesn’t work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness….who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.”
2nd Corinthians 5:21 “For Jesus who knew no sin God made to be sin on our behalf; so that in Christ we might become the righteousness of God.”
To believe in Jesus, means to rely completely on Him for righteousness/salvation/eternal life/forgiveness, and not on our efforts/works.
Christ did all the work completely so that we are made perfect and righteous simply by believing in Him.It’s a gift that can never be taken back.
Romans 11 “29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
Salvation cannot be lost because it is by faith and not by works. We cannot do any works to gain/lose salvation because Jesus did everything to give it to us freely!
Galatians 2 “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ,”
After we are saved, we can do good works because of gratitude and love in our hearts because Jesus made us perfect and righteous by faith and not by our works.