Some are of the mindset that they can live a “good” life and do a few good deeds along the way and everything between them and God will be okay.
Now there’s nothing wrong at all with being a “good” person or doing good works, the world needs more of both; but to rely on these two things to ensure a right relationship between a person and his or her Creator is to fail to take into account the problem and reality of sin.
If good works saved a person then Jesus wouldn’t have had to die upon the cross. The fact that He had to shed His blood proves that we could do a million good deeds and we’d still be in the hole spiritually with our sins! Rely upon good works for our salvation and we’re admitting we believe Jesus is optional.
This is not to say that God doesn’t expect good works from His people (read Titus 3:8 if you think He doesn’t), but this is to say that if your relationship with Jesus isn’t right, then your relationship with God is wrong (John 5:23).
The price of sin owed to God is above and beyond the value that any good deed holds (Romans 6:23). God’s word warns that in the end good deeds leave us in the hole while the blood of Jesus leaves us whole! EA
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)