Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jesus Went To Heaven By His Works

Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
April 1, 2017

No one is saved by works, good or otherwise; but Jesus went to Heaven because of his good works, accomplishing the will and purpose of God in his sacrificial life and death. It is imperative that every believer have a righteous life by which we can receive imputation of righteousness from God. Jesus accomplished that life in his journey on earth within a short period of time.

Jesus knew no sin:  2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus did no sin:       1 Pete 2:22
Jesus had no sin:      1 John 3:5

This is our assurance of eternal life: all of Jesus' works were good and righteous works, for he went about "doing good" (Acts 10:38). Only God is good (Matt. 19:17).

Jesus was righteous, also, in his surrendering to be put to death in great humiliation that he might be made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

So, Jesus died in my place, taking my sins upon him, God's imputing our sins to Jesus to be borne under the eternal wrath of God so that God may in turn impute Christ's perfect righteousness to us by grace through faith.

Jesus told his Father in John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. In the very next verse Jesus asks his Father to glorify him with the Father.

In John 17:13 Jesus said, And now come I to thee . . . . He went to his Father after his resurrection, because he had finished the work that God gave him to do on the earth. He went to Heaven by works.

Now that his works are attributed to us by imputation and the wrath and condemnation of God have been satisfied by his suffering, we can go to heaven without the works of the law, without effort or merit.

It is only by the merit of Jesus (his works) that we go to Heaven. Fundamentally, then, we all go to Heaven by works, not by our works but Jesus' works.

We are born again by his grace, cleansed by his blood, and saved by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that alone.

To God Be The Glory. Great Things He hath Done.