Romans 5:10, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
I would like to pose the question why did Jesus live on this earth for 33 years? Why did He come as a baby? Did He have too? Isaiah prophesied that he would. Micah prophesied that He would but why 33 years? Did you ever wonder about it? The Scripture says we shall be saved by His life!
When the redeemed stand before God they must stand perfectly righteous
Not one blemish can exist against the redeemed’s record when they come into the very presence of God. No one will go to Heaven who has one blemish on his record in Heaven. Sin cannot enter into Heaven!
“But preacher I live a pretty good life!” Sorry that is not goo enough. Your good things cannot and will not erase your bad things. If you trust your own goodness and have one sin on your record you must go to Hell forever. For you and I are not qualified to pay for sin!
The Scripture says the wages of sin is “death.” It is sin singular not plural. The very first sin we committed condemned us to a devil’s Hell. It is not a matter of you having more good on you record than you do bad. One sin is all it takes to send a person to Hell.
Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
It is not the removal of sin from you record alone that will save your soul. It has to be the combination of removal of all sin and the application of the righteousness of Christ.
There are only two righteousnesses
One of them is mine and the other is God’s! Righteousness meaning “righteous acts.” I have my righteous acts and Jesus has His righteous acts. My salvation is a righteous act of Christ.
No one can be just pretty good and go to Heaven. One must be perfect before he or she can go to Heaven. You cannot have a better than average record and go to Heaven on that basis. You must have a spotless record from sin in Heaven and the applied righteousness of Christ to your record in Heaven.
My righteousness is not God’s righteousness
Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Our righteousness is as filthy rags in God’s sight. The best you and I do is tainted by sin. When we do something good there is a degree of a selfish motive because of our flesh. The Scripture did not say your sins are as filthy in the sight of God for it says your goodness is as filthy rags in the sight of God.
This reference to “as filthy rags” is in conjunction with the leper’s rag that was like a public drinking fountain tied to a post in the center of the city. Lepers would come and wipe his or her running corruption on that rag. Then another leper would do likewise with the same rag. God uses that horrible picture to show what our righteousness is like not our sins. The best we can do before God is like a puss-filled public rag used by lepers. So you think you can get to Heaven on a puss-filled rag for a record? God tells us that is what our righteousness is!
There is only one righteousness left and it is perfect
There is only one perfect righteousness and that is the righteousness of Jesus Christ God’s only begotten Son. Whichever one man trusts will determine where that person will go at death.
Romans 10:1, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
A zeal of God maybe like a charismatic, Jehovah False Witness, Mormon, Worldwide Church of God, or a Seventh Day Adventist? Any one that preaches any other Gospel other than simple faith in the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ has a zeal of God but not according to knowledge.
It makes no difference how much you shout, shake, bark like a dog, laugh, or roll on the floor it is a zeal of God but not according to knowledge. Man has to have the prefect righteousness of Christ on his record in Heaven when he or she stands before God. That is why Jesus was born in the flesh. That is why He came to earth.
Paul said, “They being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Who are these people who have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge?
Who are these people going about to establish their own righteousness but have not submitted unto God’s righteousness. These are people who are trusting for example in baptism, communion, church membership, sacraments, confirmation, holy Eucharist, Sabbath keeping, good deeds, or a good life for salvation. These are the ones who attempt to keep the Ten Commandments for salvation, say the Rosary, being good citizens, attempting to be honest, and trying to be faithful to the end for their salvation. These are the ones waiting and trusting in the last rites at death for an absolution for their salvation. These are they who have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge.
What is this filthy rags righteousness? It is anything other than the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is anything you are trusting other than your record being clean in Heaven and filled with the righteousness of Christ that is filthy rags.
It is not the absence of unrighteousness
This righteousness that must be on your record is more than the absence of unrighteousness. If you stand before God trusting your righteousness you will have a smeared record. If you only have a blank record you still cannot go to Heaven. That is why we are saved by Jesus’ life! The righteousness of Jesus Christ must be on your record before you can enter Heaven.
Jesus came to die for me and pay the penalty for my unrighteousness
That removes my unrighteousness from my record in Heaven but I must have righteousness on my record. The Bible does not say I am saved by having a blank record in Heaven. The Scripture says clearly it is God’s righteousness that saves me. That is why the redeemed are saved by Jesus’ life for in so doing the record is filled with the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Jesus not only came to die for the redeemed but He came to live for the redeemed
If Jesus had not lived for 33 years in the flesh there would be no righteousness to place on the record of the redeemed in Heaven. That is why He cam and lived on the earth. That is why He was tempted in all points. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our unrighteousness. He lived on earth for 33 years so He could have His own righteousness to place on the record in Heaven of the redeemed. All the redeemed are saved not only by His death and reconciled by His death but Romans 5:10 says we are saved by His life!
Jesus died to pay for our unrighteousness and He lived to give us righteousness that was not tainted. If Jesus had just come to die He would have performed no righteous acts to place on our record in Heaven. It was Jesus’ righteousness of the personal life of Jesus Christ that was not tainted righteousness that He imputes to my record and all those who are redeemed making our record I Heaven not only spotless of sin but a recording of Jesus goodness.
THE PASSOVER STORY
God told Moses to tell the people on the first month, April, on their calendar, the tenth day of that month to choose a lamb. That lamb was to be without blemish. That lamb had to be a male lamb without blemish. Moses told them to keep that lamb for four days until the fourteenth day. He told them to offer that lamb as a sacrifice, take its blood, and sprinkle that blood on the lintel’s and doorposts of the house.
In the night of the fourteenth day of the first month the Death Angel will Passover and all the people that obeyed with the sprinkling of the blood their first born was protected from the Death Angel. However, those who did not sprinkle the blood their first-born was to be taken by the Death Angel.
Suppose Moses had gotten that lamb on the thirteenth day of that month? It would not have satisfied God for He wanted Moses to keep that lamb for four days to examine the lamb to be sure the lamb was without blemish.
If that lamb had been killed in the back yard and the blood lay there then the first-born would have died. R. B. Theme and John McArthur along with some others say that the blood of Jesus dissipated at the foot of Calvary. That is simply not true! It is not just the lamb slain but it is the slain lamb with its blood applied on the doorpost that stops the Death Angel. It is the Lamb of God slain on Calvary who took His own blood and went to Heaven. He then sprinkled His own blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven. That shed and applied blood of Jesus Christ is still there on that Mercy Seat today.
There is something else that was necessary for that lamb to be qualified for it had to be observed for four days! It had to be tested four days to prove it was without blemish. It had to be a lamb, a male lamb, it had to be killed, and the blood had to be sprinkled on the doorpost but that lamb also had to be observed for four days to proved it was without blemish.
ENTER JOHN THE BAPTIST
John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan who came and pointed to the One Who was virgin born and said, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” Our Lamb had to come to earth and proved He was without blemish and He was observed for not four days but 33 long years. Thus the first born was saved by the death of that Lamb and its blood being applied to the doorpost but also by the four days of observation or the proving of the perfection of that lamb.
Jesus imputed to all and me the redeemed His earthly righteousness so on our record in Heaven we were in Christ at Calvary. We, who are saved, are crucified with Christ but also were in the Him in Judea and in Him on the shores of Galilee for His righteousness is charged to our record in Heaven. On the record of the redeemed we are in Christ when he feed the 5,000. So in essence I fed the 5,000. On my record in Heaven I blessed the little children. How can that be, because I not only was in Christ at Calvary but I was in Christ as He blessed the little children. On my record, as well as every redeemed person, I healed the broken hearted, I went about doing good, Jesus good works on earth I did, His compassion I had when He saw the multitudes, I opened the eyes of the blind, I healed the sick, I caused the deaf to hear, and the mute to speak.
The wages of sin is death and Jesus died to clear me and all of the redeemed but the price of Heaven is His righteousness thus He lived to impute that righteousness to the redeemed. WOW! If that doesn’t tickle your gizzard there’s something wrong with your gizzard! Ha! Jesus paid the penalty to keep me out of Hell and gave me His righteousness to take me to Heaven.
Not only did He not impute to me my sin or my unrighteousness but also He imputed to me His untainted righteousness. Romans 4:3, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” How did Abraham receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ charged to his record in Heaven? It was by faith! Hebrews 11:6 says that the only thing that can please God is faith. Good works cannot please God because they are all tainted. God desires for His children to do good works that will point others to Jesus’ righteousness.
Man should never fiddle with God’s simple plan of salvation and mix it with tainted righteousness. So what did Abraham do? He simply believed God and when Abraham placed his faith in the coming Messiah’s righteousness, just like the New Testament saints, God responded to that faith by taking away from Abraham’s Heavenly record all of his sins. Yes, I even mean the affair with Hagar! All wiped clean! However, not only did Abraham miss Hell but God also imputed the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ on Abraham’s record so he could go to Heaven.
What in the world did Abraham do to deserve all of this? Did he join a church, take Sacraments, get baptized, get sprinkled as a baby, get confirmed, take the Holy Eucharist, go to a confessional booth, keep the Sabbath, do good deeds, live a good life, keep the Ten Commandments, say the Rosary, be a good citizen, be a good parent, be an honest person, hold out faithful until the end, take the last rites, or did he have absolution? No, not at all! It was Abraham’s faith in God’s Son the coming Messiah’s righteousness that would wipe his record in Heaven clean and fill it with untainted righteousness of Jesus Christ!
Romans 4:5, “To him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly his faith is counted for righteousness.”
To him that does not join the church, does not take the Sacraments, does not get baptized, does not get confirmed, does not take the Eucharist, does not go to the confessional booth, does not keep the Sabbath, does not do good deeds, does not live a good life, or to him that “worketh not,” but “believeth on him.”
By the way that is the story of the thief on the cross next to Jesus for he never tithed, never joined a church, and never had the last rites, for he did not do one solitary single thing except to place his faith in Christ. God wiped that thief’s record clean and placed on that clean record Jesus’ righteousness as his own record in Heaven. WOW!
Genesis 15:6, “So he believed in the LORD and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
Galatians 3:6, “Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Romans 3:25, “To declare his righteousness for the remission of sins.”
If a human being is to stand before God and their sins are on their record in Heaven they will go to Hell. It does not matter how many churches they have joined, whether they have been baptized does not matter, or whether they have taken communion does not matter.
THREE CONDITIONS A PERSON’S BOOKS CAN BE IN HEAVEN
· Unrighteousness (sins, transgressions, evil, etc.)
· Filthy Rags (Church member trusting his good deeds)
· Jesus’ Righteousness (Record cleared and filled with Jesus’ Righteousness)