# 19 Man’s Remedy – Part 2
By Pastor Bill
Last week we saw that man’s first attempt to remedy his sin was to hide and try to cover up. Unfortunately, we cannot hide our sins from God, and our attempts to cover them do not work. God confronted Adam and Eve about their sins, and then He covered them with a garment of skin, which was a prophetic picture of what the Lamb of God would eventually do for us.
Another remedy for sin that men have tried is to earn their way to heaven. Many people believe that if they do enough good works, they will have favor with God. The problem with this idea is that God is a holy God. Once someone has sinned, all the good works in the world cannot blot out that one sin. Sinful man cannot come into the presence of a holy God. Another way to look at this is to think of an electric line. Once the wire has been cut, it does not matter how good the remaining piece of wire is; the connection has been broken. One sin in our lives breaks our connection and fellowship with God.
Paul addresses this philosophy of earning our way to heaven. In Titus 3:5, he says that “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Then, in Ephesians 2:8-9, he confronts this idea again saying, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” It is not our righteous deeds that save us. It is not as a result of works. The only way that we are saved is by grace through faith in Christ. It is not something we earn, but something that He did for us.
When Karen and I were involved with Evangelism Explosion (EE), they taught us to ask people a question that helps discover what people are trusting in for their salvation. “If you were to die tonight and stand before the gates of heaven, and God asks you why He should let you in, what would you say?” Many people will tell you how they have lived a good life, and have tried to be a good person. We have an opportunity to share with them Ephesians 2:8-9, and let them know that it is not by works that we are saved. It is by the finished work of the cross. “Father, give us opportunities to share the good news about how to be saved. Thank You for Your grace and our salvation. Amen.”