The “I am a good person” test!
“I am a good person”! So, YOU say. But, are you REALLY a good person? Are you good enough? Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). Are you THAT good?
Let’s see how good you are: Have you every told a lie (be honest)? Have you ever stolen something (even something small)? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain? What is your answer? If you have ever lied, stolen anything, or taken God’s name in vain then you are a lying, thieving, blasphemer!
Remember the Ten Commandments? Of course you do, because the work of the Law is written in your heart and your conscience bears witness to that fact (Romans 2:15). You know that taking the Lord’s name in vain, and stealing, and lying is WRONG (Exodus 20:3-17)! It’s not wrong just because you say it’s wrong. It’s wrong because God’s Law says it’s wrong - Dead wrong! “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23) and “…sin is the transgression of the law.” (I John 3:4).
Are you good? Have you ever lusted about someone - anyone? Jesus said, “…whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) Have you ever hated someone in your heart? Jesus considers this murder (Matthew 5:21-22). If you have ever lusted or hated a person you are an adulterer and murderer at heart. This is why the Bible says, “…There is none righteous, no, not one…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12). Yes, that includes YOU!
You are not good! You stand condemned as a law breaker before a Holy God! You have violated His Law! As the Holy Judge of all the earth, God has already given His verdict – He says you are “condemned already” (John 3:18). He says, “…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.” (Isaiah 64:6), and “…your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). This should trouble you!
God is Just! He has never and will never overlook sin! He has never and will never overlook YOUR sin! It matters not that you “say” you are a good person. God knows how you really are – He knows your heart! And, you MUST face your sins. You must be punished for your sins or you must have some one that God will accept take your punishment. If you do not have a substitute, this too should trouble you!
Lawbreaker, are you troubled? Worried? Depressed? Concerned? Guilty? Good! But, those feelings are not even good enough to save you! However, if you do feel that way, then I have good news for you! God graciously sent His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ into this world to suffer, bleed, and die in the place of guilty, helpless, condemned sinners. Jesus is God’s gracious provision of a satisfactory substitute!
It is God’s demands that must be met! Your goodness (you have none) cannot meet God’s demands. God satisfied His own inflexible justice by mercifully sending His beloved Son to die in the place of guilty sinners. Notice what the Scripture says, “…Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” It is God who is “just” and “righteous”! So just and so righteous that he will not let one sin slip by. So just and so righteous that if a person is to find God’s favor at His bar of Justice their sins must be PAID FOR! ”. So just and so righteous, that God put on Christ’s account all the sins of all those who come to faith in Christ. And, having put on Christ those sins God there and then punished Christ for all the sins of all of His people.
You see, Jesus did not die for his own sin, because he did not have any. I Peter 2:22 says, concerning Jesus that He, “…did no sin...” Truly Jesus Christ was and is “…holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners…” (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus did not die for His sins. He died because the sins of all of his people were put to his account. He died as a substitute in the place of sinners. In doing so, Jesus satisfied the just demands of the God’s Holy Law for all those he died for.
It was Jesus, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” ( I Peter 2:24). It is in Jesus that, “…we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14). It was, “…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Jesus did not come to save good people! Jesus was sent and came to save bad people! Sinners! Guilty, helpless, condemned sinners! “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (I Timothy 1:15)
But that is not all! After Jesus paid in full the sin debt of His people, He then arose from the grave to prove that He has completely cleared our guilty standing before God. Romans 4:25 say, “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof that God has accepted the sacrifice of Christ in the place of guilty sinners. Jesus cried aloud “It is finished” (John 19:30) He died on the cross and on the third day after his death and burial, God proved that He had accepted the sacrifice of Christ by raising Jesus from the dead!
Lawbreaker, stop trusting in your goodness – it’s no good! Sinner, stop making excuses for yours sins. God has made full provision for guilty, condemned, heartbroken sinners. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will enjoy “FULL PARDON”! Stop trusting in your own goodness (it’s not enough), repent of your sins and trust in Christ today!
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts ) Believe ON him and trust no one else and nothing else! The Lord Jesus Christ ALONE can save you!
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John ).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)
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