“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4
Many folks are seriously confused about the most serious subject in the world. That’s not only sad, it is senseless—God’s Word could not be clearer about the subject. God isn’t trying to hide the truth from us. His Word is a revelation, not a riddle to be solved. Sincere people can understand the way to salvation if they seek it in the Scripture. The late Adrian Rogers said it well in this article:
The world thinks that sin is being bad and righteousness is being good. They say, “If I am just a good person, then I will go to heaven.” God seems like a Santa Claus, making a list and checking it twice, trying to find out if we are naughty or nice. That is just not so.
Righteousness lies only in Jesus Christ. He left heaven, came to earth, lived a perfect, righteous life. Then He suffered, bled, and died on a cross to atone for our sins. He was buried and raised to life by the power of God and has ascended into glory. His blood was applied to the mercy seat of God. That is righteousness.
Galatians 2:21 tells us, “If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Do you know what that means? If you could be saved by being good, then Calvary was a blunder. If there were some other way for you to be saved, God would not have let His Son die upon a cross.
Are you depending on your own good works to “get you into heaven”? What will enable you to stand before a holy God? “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5