We cannot pay two debts with the same currency. “In other words, starting today, even if we could render perfect obedience to God, we would have no merits left over to make up for our past sins. This is because every good work we perform is already owed to God since we are commanded to “be perfect” (Matt 5:48) and to be as holy as the holy God himself (1 Pet 1:15–16).” In Luke we are told “we have only done what was our duty” (Luke 17.10).
The standard is to be as perfect as Christ…nothing more nothing less. When it is looked at from this understanding, it is easily seen why there is no way to earn our way into Heaven. What good does a good deed do when every deed is already required to be good? Can we say that we are ahead; is God in debt to any of us? With the understanding that perfect Holiness is the requirement, there than is no such thing as a good deed…for all deeds are required to be good.
Why then do we feel good when we are doing good deeds? We are feeling what it is like to be Holy. Sin separates us from God, but a good deed gives us a glimpse of Heaven and a feeling of nearness to God. What good does a good deed do? It draws us near to God. God says come receive grace and mercy for Jesus paid the price; all is forgiven come and abide in Me.
You even see unbelievers doing good deeds…they feel good also. The Bible tells us that we all know God He has put it in us to know Him…even unbelievers. Rom1. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
The unbeliever does not honor and accept God. Rom1. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. What good does a good deed do? For the unbeliever nothing.
 Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (317). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 4:59 AM CDT