There are thousands of religions in the world today. In fact, I guess it’s always been that way. A religion is a process of attempting to please a god, or even God, through a prescribed or perceived set of works. That is where Christianity differs from all forms of religion. It is a relationship.
In Revelation 3.20 we see this relationship unfold. Jesus says…”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” The only part we play is to open the door. Christ has done the rest. He has approached us, knocking on our door, and offers us salvation. By faith, and faith alone in him and his work on the cross and his resurrection is all that is necessary. The words he spoke are so personal; he comes into our home and dines with us. Home being our heart.
The last part of John 5.24 says…“He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” Nowhere in this truth do we see any evidence of works on our part to no longer be under judgment for our sins, and instantly passing from death to life. Some believe that we have to continue to do good works to justify God saving us. But that’s contrary to scripture. Our works reflect our salvation. The verse says that whoever hears the truth of the gospel and believes that Jesus is the Son of God, has eternal life. It does not say might have, hopefully, maybe, but has. Through his Spirit, Jesus has entered into your life for an eternal relationship. Do you believe it?