Romans 4:2-8 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Praise God! Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have been redeemed, that my sins are covered, and that the Lord will not impute sin to me. I am ungodly, but God has justified me! Not because of my works, but because of His work, by my believing on Him, He will count my faith for righteousness. He did all the work, and I can’t do anything to add to that work. Truly it is a blessed assurance to know that Jesus paid it all, in His perfect love, despising the shame and bearing the cross for our sins. Can a man truly be saved by believing? I was. The imputed righteousness comes without works, so says David, and so says Paul. See how Paul clearly separates faith and works: 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. As you can see, according to the Bible, believing is not working. Why is it so hard to believe the Bible when it says believe? Some people cannot separate believing from working. They have to start redefining words and adding to scripture to incorporate their own works into God’s plan of salvation. If your own works could have saved you, Jesus would not have had to die for your sins! There was no other way then, and there is no other way now. If Jesus didn’t pay for all your sins, then they are still unpaid for, and you are living on borrowed time. Stop trying to bear the cross that Jesus already bore. He said it is finished, He doesn’t need your help. Jesus said that whosoever believes on Him will be raised up on the last day. Whosoever means whosoever. If your mean neighbor who shoots cats with a BB gun believes on Jesus, he is going to be raised up on the last day. The man that left his baby in the car while he went in to rob a liquor store is going to be raised up on the last day if he believes on Jesus. You, too, will be raised up on the last day if you believe on Jesus. I’ll be there, so if you see me, you’ll know you made it.