Sunday, October 18, 2009
WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE?
God requires that justice be satisfied in both precept (perfect obedience) and penalty (that is a sufficient payment of debt must be extracted to satisfy a holy God).
Christ said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect" A command!
Christ also said of a group considered by most theologians and historians to have been among the most zealous, pious, law keeping, outwardly moral group to have even lived, the scribes and the Pharisees - He said, "that except your righteousness exceeds theirs, you'll in no case enter into the kingdom of God."
In Galatians Paul writes, "Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" so, if you've ever had the least ill will towards your worst enemy, then, based upon that which proceeds from you, that which even perhaps you suggest God produces in you, the scriptures tell us (having sinned) we're cursed if that be our basis.
Justice - The penalty for sin must be paid & the fine must fit the crime. We're talking about a crime against a holy God (& holiness knows of no degrees), so only an infinitely valuable payment will suffice.
God told Moses, "I'll by no means clear the guilty" In other words, even in His mercy, God will not wink and merely pretend as if we're not guilty sinners. Sin must be dealt with. Justice must be satisfied.
Righteousness then is the perfect satisfaction to God's law and justice. That's the righteousness that a minister of righteousness proclaims.
By Randy Wages