Friday, February 22, 2008
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Those who imagine they can keep the law of God well enough to attain or maintain salvation are sadly deceived and deluded by their own self-righteousness and pride. God’s Word is plain on this subject -- “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20).
How well must one keep the law to be righteous and accepted before God?
Consider the following -- “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
A California driver’s license examiner told about a teenager who had just driven an almost perfect test. “He made his only mistake,” said the examiner, “when he stopped to let me out of the car. After breathing a sigh of relief, the boy exclaimed, ‘I’m sure glad I don’t have to drive like that all the time!’” The young driver let the examiner know that he had no intentions of driving lawfully and carefully all the time. He revealed his heart and desire to the examiner and therefore failed the test. The law of God is spiritual and reaches to the thoughts, motives, and intents of the heart. The law of God is so strict that it requires PERFECT obedience all the time.
Let me make it plain then -- you cannot get to heaven by striving to keep the law, for we are all sinners. We have no good works of ourselves, but if we did, good works cannot pay the penalty for our sins. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can satisfy the justice of God. We must put our trust in Him and His righteousness alone, not in our good works.