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  • Often when we hear those words it is usually used disparagingly in that we are unable to do it, we can’t get it done and we have failed.  Well, when it comes to making yourself approved before God that is exactly right.  I have a fun moment at our latest BYOB (bring your own Bible…lol) and I was teaching on Romans 3. I looked at Bob who was sitting next to me and I told him that I was give him or anyone of our Manor Church peeps a good slap if I heard them trying to start a list of the reasons they would be accepted into God’s presence in eternity if it was a list of the things they personally did. 

    I want to make it sooooo clear.  There is absolutely nothing that you can do to make yourself acceptable before God.

    Romans 3 AMP

    10 10 As it is written and forever remains written, “There is none righteous [none that meets God’s standard], not even one.

    11 “There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God.

    12 “All have turned aside, together they have become useless;There is none who does good, no, not one.”

    Paul was of course stating what already was clear from David in the OT in Psalm 14 and in Psalm 53

    We don’t have any defense, we don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to our own righteousness.  We are spiritually dead without an awakening from God through the awareness that comes from the Holy Spirit. 

    So, don’t tell me that you are going to have a conversation with God about why you are worthy, why you are good enough, because you aren’t and I’m certainly not.    All of our eggs so to speak are in one basket, and our hope rests in Jesus and Christ alone!  He is our righteousness, He is our only hope and only way and He is our LIFE period!

    If we were good enough then there would be no reason for Jesus to die.

    So it was soooo good to come to the end of the chapter and read the gospel in all its fullness.

    21 But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved]  grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

    Let’s review:

    Being made good in His sight has nothing to do with keeping a list of religious rules, rites and passages. 

    Righteousness, being clothed in the person of Jesus, standing only because of what He did for me on the cross is by FAITH.  I rest in HIM alone.  There is nothing that I need to add to the perfect white clothing He has placed on me as a garment of salvation.  I stand because of His purity and perfection and it completely overwhelms me.  I didn’t do anything to deserve it and it doesn’t matter how many Bible studies I attended, how and when I was baptized as important as that is.  I couldn’t do enough generous deeds to get His attention.    I always have and will always fall soooo short of His expectations and thanks be to God for His rich and undeserving gift, His one and only Son, Jesus.  He is sooooo good and in Him I am made absolutely acceptable before God.  I have been granted eternity in His presence and that makes me want to SING and get my worship ON!

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