I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God, for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain (Galatians 2:20 - 21).

In these verses, the great apostle Paul is telling us that Jesus lives in him, which means that he has gained eternal life. He further tells us that he is living by “faith” in Jesus. Many other verses have repeatedly told us that we gain eternal life by faith in Jesus alone (Ephesians 2:8 - 9 etc.). Apparently, this was good enough and not too simple for Paul.

Paul was perhaps the greatest preacher, greatest evangelist, and greatest man of God who ever lived. Did this great Christian gain eternal life by all his great and mighty works for God? He did not. In fact, he tells us that he would not even try to do so and thereby “frustrate” God's “grace” of salvation by faith alone. Is that clear enough?

And if the great apostle Paul could not gain eternal life through his great and mighty works for God, then neither can you or I. So, let's discontinue our useless and futile striving and climbing to heaven; rather, let's enter through that God-guaranteed way, the one and only bridge from this life to the next, Jesus! Then, solely out of gratitude to Jesus for what He did for us, let us try to do the good things that we know that God wants us to do in return for His great love and sacrifice.