SALVATION BY WORKS OR BY TRUSTING LORD JESUS CHRIST IS AN ISSUE FOR SOME PEOPLE.. The Irony Is People Are Saved By Faith, But Not By Faith Alone Because It Must Be Accompanied By Works Of Faith; Many people do not understand the difference between salvation by faith and salvation that is secured because of the outcome of faith.
Salvation is actually a matter of attitude. That attitude is what determines a person’s altitude achieved in life is a saying that has more merit than one would expect. This is evident in the beatitudes.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:3–8)
The beatitudes tell us that those who are poor in spirit have an attitude that is acceptable to God because they are not haughty and conceited about the knowledge that they think they possess. Instead of being full of themselves, those who are poor of spirit acknowledge their lack and are grateful for whatever opportunities that are provided to them to discover something of worth in life—such as how death can be overcome. Those who mourn are receptive to being comforted and acknowledge that they need help to overcome their grief and the loss they have encountered. The meek are those unobtrusive individuals who accept that what they know is more about what they do not know and death has the last say; so they are receptive to the gospel of a New Heaven and New Earth, where righteousness dwells. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness hate evil and recognize they have no power within themselves to overcome sin and its corollary: death. The merciful are those who are always willing to give people another chance to prove themselves, because they know their own failings. The pure in heart see the best in people and recognize that God is good and could not have purposefully created evil. Such people may not have heard the gospel message. They may have seen the hypocrites and rejected the message of salvation. The Apostle Paul states that the name of God is blasphemed throughout the world because of the hypocritical behavior of those who purportedly claim to belong to Him and have His blessing on their lives (Romans 2:23–24). On a tape recording, I once heard an Indonesian man, Mel Tari tell of an encounter he and his friends had on the island of Timore-Leste in the 1960s. Mel Tari related how a shaman rejected their message because he thought that they were presenting the Jesus of the Catholics, where they bow before statues and do not practice what they preach. To the amazement of Mel Tari and those with him, the tribe’s shaman had sought out God himself and had a visitation from Lord Jesus Christ. The whole tribe worshiped Lord Jesus Christ and they had changed their ungodly practices. Matthew chapter twenty-five tells of those who did what is required of humans: to care for one another; for no other reason other than they recognize a person's need and meet that need. Instead of using or abusing the person in his or her need, one is prepared to help the person. Those who have this attitude, even though they may not have much, are usually willing to share what they have, and do what they can within their means. Naturally, if they saw Jesus, they themselves having a pure heart and being inclined towards evil, they would wash the Lord of Life’s feet with their own tears.
Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. (Luke 7:44)
Salvation is never a matter of relying upon good works, rather it is an attitude of heart. Those who love evil, though, have dark hearts and they project their dark hearts onto other people. Those who hate evil and recognize their own need, only want to see righteousness, justice, and peace reign on Earth. These are the ones that Lord Jesus Christ is interested in. Unfortunately, some people have such high opinions of themselves that they will philosophize and criticize the Creator and overlook that death judges them and, as this is the case, after death their could be another judgment, if there is to be any meaning to existence. There Is Some Real Meaning To Life, It Is Not Found Contemplating One’s Navel