God Accepts Us On Our Faith, Not Good Deeds

The first criminal on the cross hurled insults at Jesus because he did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God. But the second criminal believed. That faith was reflected in what he said to Jesus.

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Because he had faith in Jesus, he was promised entrance into Paradise.
Verse 43 of Luke 23

“And he said to him, Assuredly I am saying to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Jesus did not look at all the bad things this man had done. Neither will the Father when this criminal dies. Because the Bible teaches that on the basis of our faith in Jesus, God imputes the righteousness of Jesus on us.

Romans 3:22-24

"even the righteousness of God through faith of Jesus Christ toward all and upon all those who believe; for* there is no distinction; for* all have sinned and come-short of the glory of God. All those who believe, being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,"

This criminal received salvation and could enter paradise not because of good things he had done. He had no more chance to do good things. Yet righteousness does not come from doing good deeds. It comes from a relationship with God attained through faith in Jesus Christ.

God is good, I love you all in Jesus name,
Amen and amen.

Kevin J.