In the Zelda games there are little wizards throughout many of the games that give a hint to help Link in his quest. In this particular Zelda game the wizard in dungeon 7 gives him a clue he will need in dungeon 8. Dungeon 8 is called “The after life” and there are so many locked rooms in the level that in order for Link to actually get through level 8, he must have the “magic key” which is a key with a lion engraved on it.
Yet I found a object lesson here for the spiritual truths we believe as Christians. In order to enter eternal life, the Bible makes it clear that nothing less then faith in Christ will do. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ by faith is what we too need to “rampage freely in the afterlife”
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:12)
Many people will carry with them keys that just wont be sufficient. Keys of good works, regular church attendance, and charitibal acts. Keys like these are not bad in themselves but they are not the Key we need to enter heaven.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Ephesians 2:8 –
Our sins can only be forgiven through faith in Christ. Many are sadly thinking if they do enough good things through their lives God will give them a pass. Yet the Bible is clear we can never have enough good works in our lives to cover our sins and make us acceptable to God.
Good works are not what can save us, only faith in Christ can. As Christ’s people we are called to do as much good as we can, but we do not earn God’s favor or forgiveness by doing it. Our good works come from a saved life and are not a means to get saved.
So in essence, “We are saved from sin, so as a result we should devote ourselves to doing good!”
Not: “If I do enough good, then God will overlook the sin and bad in me” (False)
Only Jesus Christ can wash away our sins. He offered Himself on the cross in our place to make the gift of forgiveness possible if we reach out and lay hold of it by faith. After we have done that, we are told “Come follow me!”
And as a result: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 –
Ephesians 2:8 makes it clear we cannot be saved by good works but receive Christ Jesus as a gift for our salvation. Yet vs 10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We should do good because we have been saved, NOT to get saved. There is a vast difference in the two!