Friday, September 10, 2010

Human Achievement vs. Divine Accomplishment - September 10, 2010

Romans 3:9-25 (New Century Version)
All People Are Guilty

9 So are we Jews better than others? No! We have already said that Jews and those who are not Jews are all guilty of sin.10 As the Scriptures say:
"There is no one who always does what is right,
not even one.
11 There is no one who understands.
There is no one who looks to God for help.
12 All have turned away.
Together, everyone has become useless.
There is no one who does anything good;
there is not even one." — Psalm 14:1–3
13 "Their throats are like open graves;
they use their tongues for telling lies." — Psalm 5:9
"Their words are like snake poison." — Psalm 140:3
14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and hate." — Psalm 10:7
15 "They are always ready to kill people.
16 Everywhere they go they cause ruin and misery.
17 They don't know how to live in peace." — Isaiah 59:7–8
18 "They have no fear of God." — Psalm 36:1
19 We know that the law's commands are for those who have the law. This stops all excuses and brings the whole world under God's judgment,20 because no one can be made right with God by following the law. The law only shows us our sin.

How God Makes People Right

21 But God has a way to make people right with him without the law, and he has now shown us that way which the law and the prophets told us about.22 God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same:

23 Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard, 24 and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ.

25 God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus' death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins.

I was listnening to a good sermon series the other day from on of my favorite bible teachers David Jeremiah, a noted pastor and author from Shadow Mountain Community Church in the San Diego, California area. He brought an interesting truth to my attention as he was teaching. He made mention that in every other religion, redemption or salvation of the individual is dependent upon human achievement, rather than what God through Jesus Christ has already accomplished on our behalf. He made reference to the falacy that try as we might, their is no definative point when we can say that we have truly done enough to warrant the forgiveness for our sins from God.

That is so true of all of the "works based" religions existant in our world today; it has always been true, because man has always tried to earn his way back to God. All that mankind knows in his being is that he has been separated from God. Although they loudly deny it, even so-called atheists feel in their being that there is that separation. Every other faith system requires us to do something, requires Human Achievement. Doesn't it make sense that the Creator of everything would provide a way that was "idiot proof", impossible for us to mess up?

That is where Jesus Christ stepped into the world. Although he was fully divine, he walked in our shoes as fully human, and took upon himself the burden of all our sins. Not just the little ones, not the just the big ones, but all of them. It is impossible for us to even think that we could do enough prayers, indulgences, confessions, or donations. We can't kneel enough, or give enough, or recite enough, or pay enough, or sacrifice enough, or as in some circles, kill enough to earn our way to heaven. Paradise is never achieved by what man does, but by what has been given through Divine Accomplishment.

If you are seeking the way to heaven, or if you are wanting to know how to be right with God, turn your life to the one who has done it all for you. Believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and make him the Lord of your life.

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