This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion].” Romans 3:20-25 (AMP).
Jesus’ forgiveness and righteousness, freely given to the believer, will be the only way you and I can pass this test. On the cross, God, the Father, gave Jesus our “F” and gave the believer in Jesus, His “A”.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) describes this event. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Many people have adopted a false theology that says their entrance into heaven is relative to the performance of others. Too often we keep our eyes on other people’s performance rather than on God’s Word.
“All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]” 2 Timothy 3:16 (AMP).
“I’m not as bad as the other guy,” is the poisonous deception that soothes the guilty conscience. The dangerous and fatal belief that there is safety in numbers is pervasive in our culture. “Surely, the professor won’t fail all of us,” is the thought of the unrepentant sinner.
Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it“ Matthew 7:13,14 (NKJV).
Here, Jesus destroys the common false assertion of safety in numbers for the wicked. In this life, if we trust in our own efforts and compare ourselves to others, we will fail. When we trust in Christ, looking to Him as the example to follow, we will experience victory. Only then, will we pass the test.
The temptation to slip into the practice of culturally acceptable sin, while claiming righteousness, becomes more tempting, as we see many within the church, move in that direction.
1 John 3:7-10 in the Amplified Bible, is a wonderful passage that strengthens our understanding of how God looks at us, at sin, and at whether we pass His test of righteousness.
“Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life—in private as well as in public—and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] love his [believing] brother.”
Trusting God with our eternal life, is an ongoing exercise of faith in action. Repenting when we sin, and continuously pursuing a life that is pleasing to God and in agreement with His Word, is our highest aim.
With God, nothing is impossible!
Dale and Paula Black
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