[quote=Socrates4Jesus]I’d like to explore this idea. If you are correct, it would change my whole outlook on this.
I’m a little simple minded, so i often fall back on examples to help me understand new concepts. Let me try to use one, here, & see how your concept fits into it.
The example from Scripture i’ve heard given is from Luke, chapter 23. The two criminals crucified with Jesus began mocking Him (Mark 15, verse 32).
However, one of them had a change of heart, & perhaps realizing who Jesus was said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus’ reply: “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
What i see in this example is that the man had a change of mind about Jesus (repentance) & asked, in my opinion, to be resurrected from the dead & allowed to be with Jesus when He returns to earth. Jesus’ answer, i believe, was that the man would be with Him in heaven that very day.
This, to me, is an example of making it to heaven without doing any good works. The man could not be baptized or partake in Holy Communion. He did not even confess His sins & need to be forgiven (though in His mind he may have done so).
I think, then, that my concept to good works is narrower than your own. A good work, it seems to me, is something a person DOES. While confession & repentance are more something a person thinks. Hence, the criminal executed next to Jesus did no good work to reward him with Paradise.
However, if i’m wrong, i hope you will be able to help me see.