Life and death: straight priorities

We all know Christians who seem to be in a great hurry to get themselves right with God and broadcast their righteousness apart from the atoning sacrifice and life of Christ. The dilemma comes from our common poverty of innate eligibility and our abundance of unprincipled and unreliable solutions. All our work falls short. Neither the work we did before receiving our share of eternal life and the work we do now commends or accuses us to God. Christ pardoned us and gave us new occupations with reference to his great love. The work of faith, believing in Christ, is full and complete credit designed to bring us life.

Dead or alive?

The Christian is right with God. We are alive. We must reckon ourselves so. Christ’s death and resurrection are written to our account. To use the Passover imagery, we can say the destroying angel passes over our house the moment God sees our faith in the Lamb he provided.

For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. Rom 6:10, So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Rom 6:11

Minor or mature

When one is a child one takes the easiest, nearest, and obvious path in line with our natural tendencies. The dilemma of our estrangement from God confronts us and the best we could do was cover with a vegetable parts. The solution God offered involved the life of a living entity whose skin serves to cover our open contradiction (private was public).

Since a regulation was violated in Eden one may think that regulations may correct the problem and give a sense of security, but there were no guarantees of perfect human compliance. God did not tell Adam and Eve what to do: he gave them coats. If one can convince oneself that all God wants is perfectly obedient servant-creatures or permanently juvenile children then it is easy to pick a set of rules and commit oneself to it. That, in any scenario, is not salvation, and it is not God’s highest initiative. Salvation means life from the dead for all humans, including the followers of Moses. No one gets away with following a few rules – from any source – and claiming to be whole.

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. Galatians 3:21

Quick Peek at a Just Man

Job pleads that God knows that he has not been idle to do justice and perform mercy. He further calls for attention to his lack of self-evaluation. He is certain that he is not depending on his works. He is not kissing his hand.

Strutting and boasting about our performance is always a bad way to conduct God’s business. Hear what Yeshua says about our approach.

So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty. Luke 17:10

An impressive lifestyle is not salvation. Beware!

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. Job 29:14-15

Let us not be caught kissing our hand.