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- Jun 10, 2015
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“The Righteousness of God - The Only Righteousness "http://www.goodshepherdlcms.com/sermons/sermon-archive/the-righteousness-of-god--.html
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... a lady from the Roman Catholic church—was asked whether she knew for certain she would be going to heaven when she died. And her reply was, “Well, I think I’ve been good enough.”
For, even in the tentative way that she answered that question, it was clear that she could never be sure that she had been commendable enough. Only in Jesus Christ can there be the complete assurance of salvation. “For, if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed,”—no doubts about it (John 8:36).
“we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin…. [and] all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
St. Paul goes on to write, “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe… [who] are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” And Luther then began to understand that that term, “the righteousness of God,” which formerly had struck such terror in his heart, was really revealing something about God’s heart—that He was a kind, gracious, merciful, and forgiving God. What’s more—and here’s the key—the heavenly Father was willing to take that perfect, righteous life of His own Son, Jesus, and give it to us freely, out of the goodness of His heart, so that we might claim His righteousness as our very own by faith!
You can’t pick a fight with God and expect to come out the winner. And, Luther also was right about the fact that he could never be all that God expected him to be.
You see, it’s a natural part of us to think that our fine character, our good intentions, our most sincere charitable accomplishments must count for something—I mean, you just can’t dismiss it all, can you? It would be such a waste of our efforts! There must be something worthy there to retain—something that sets us apart from the selfish, horrible, mean people in this world!
That’s what we would like to think. So much so, that it absolutely chafes against us whenever we hear at that oft-repeated verse that slaps us so harshly in the face, declaring that that even our righteous deeds amount to nothing more than filthy rags in God’s sight.
Only God can give to God what is worthy. Let me repeat that—only God can give to God what is worthy. Only the Son of God, in human flesh, can offer to the Father the perfect life that is required and only He can render the all-sufficient sacrifice to pay for every last one of our sin. He did what we couldn’t do.
And don’t you, for one moment, dare to compare your life to the life of Christ as if His reason for coming into the world simply was to offer some great moral standard by which we should pattern our lives.
But don’t ever imagine that God will be satisfied with your best efforts, even if when you do fall short. If you don’t succeed perfectly, then you fall under God’s most severe condemnation. So we can all wipe that smug, self-righteous expression off of our faces that secretly compares our behavior to others and salves our conscience by telling ourselves, “well, at least I’m better than that.”
Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners,” (Mark 2:17).
One day, we will all appear before the Lord for the judgment. The Bible describes it as the “great and terrible day of the Lord,” (Joel 2:31). Terrible for all those who believed that they all that they needed was a little help from God to fill in the gaps when things got a little rough. Absolutely terrible—horrifying—inconsolably regrettable. For they completely ignored the reason why God’s Son had to suffer and die as He did.
For, trusting in the goodness and mercy of God, we will see our Savior, Jesus, face to face! Clothed in His righteousness alone; redeemed to stand before the throne. God grant us that repentance, that faith, and that sure and certain hope, for the sake of His Son Who has set us free indeed!