STATEMENT: Surely there is more good in me than there is bad and as long as my good outweighs my bad, I’m sure I WILL be okay.
QUESTION: How righteous does a person have to be in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven?
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and 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.
NOTE Would you want someone (anyone) to trust nothing but your righteousness to get them into heaven? The obvious answer is NO! Why are you then willing to trust that righteousness?
Romans 3:10-11 As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men ; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
You have been weighed in the balances and have been found wanting!
Job 25:4 How then can man BE JUSTIFIED WITH GOD? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they HAVE NO CLOAK FOR THEIR SIN.
THEY HAVE NO CLOAK FOR THEIR SIN!
«THAT MAKES US ALL HELL BOUND»
Romans 3:23-28 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 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. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That
EXCEPT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES,
ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican, The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house JUSTIFIED rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Psalms 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in THY RIGHTEOUSNESS.
«IN OTHER WORDS»
!!! SAVE ME !!!
My righteousness IS NO GOOD.
Psalms 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord IMPUTETH NOT INIQUITY, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
IMPUTE: Etymology: Middle English inputen, from Latin imputare, from in- + putare to consider
To lay the responsibility or blame for; often falsely or unjustly.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
IMPU’TE, v.t. [L. imputo; in and puto, to think, to reckon; properly, to set, to put, to throw to or on.]
1. To charge; to attribute; to set to the account of; generally ill, sometimes good. We impute crimes, sins, trespasses, faults, blame, &c., to the guilty persons. We impute wrong actions to bad motives, or to ignorance, or to folly and rashness. We impute misfortunes and miscarriages to imprudence.
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness (Romans 4).
2. To attribute; to ascribe.
I have read a book imputed to lord Bathurst.
3. To reckon to one what does not belong to him.
It has been held that Adam’s sin is imputed to all his posterity.
Thy merit imputed shall absolve them who renounce their own both righteous and unrighteous deeds.
NOTE: During the time of the inquisition, the Roman Catholic institution falsely imputed charges to true Christians.
Romans 4:4-8 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, HIS FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto WHOM GOD IMPUTETH RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4:13-24 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgrssion. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all; (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And THEREFORE IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.
Romans 5:12-21 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
II Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Philippians 3:1-10 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eight day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church: touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do COUNT THEM BUT DUNG, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, NOT HAVING MINE OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS OF GOD BY FAITH: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
Illustration: A farmer has two sheep that are both birthing on the same day. The first sheep delivers a dead lamb (still birth). The second sheep dies delivering but the farmer is able to save the life of the lamb. The farmer takes the living lamb and puts it in a pin with the living sheep hoping the sheep will accept the lamb as her own. The sheep walks over and smells the lamb and rejects it because she knows it isn’t hers.
A second farmer suggests to the owner of the animals that he skin the dead lamb and use the skin as a covering for the living lamb. The farmer did as instructed and placed the lamb and the sheep back together. The sheep walked over to the live lamb, smelled it, and received it as her own.
NOTE: When we trust in Jesus Christ we receive HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and stand CLOTHED in His perfectness.
Under the Law
«Righteousness was Demanded»
«Righteousness is Provided»
Zechariah 3:4-5 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by.
«I AM PERFECT»
«WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN, I WILL BE PERFECT»
WHOSE PERFECTNESS IS IT?
I’m going to heaven CLOTHED IN His Righteousness.
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 8:23-24 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world, I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS.
Illustration: There were two men on horse back in a field out in the Mid West. They noticed a huge brush fire coming at them at a high rate of speed. The first rider galloped off but his horse got his leg in a chuckhole, which he broke, and the man was thrown to the ground. The man ran as fast as he could but was soon consumed in the fire.
The second rider, rather than running off, got down off his horse and lighted a match by striking it on his pant leg. He started a second smaller fire and burned himself out a patch. He then got back onto his horse and walked into the burnt out patch. When the major fire reached him he was safe because he was standing in a burnt out patch and the fire went completely around him.
NOTE: These «burnt out patches» are a safe place on which to stand and are called «GOOD BLACK» by «Forest Fire Fighters.»
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that BELIEVING YE MIGHT HAVE LIFE THROUGH HIS NAME.
Luke 24:46-47 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:36 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 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
NOTE: When the wrath of God is executed on this world for it’s sin, those of us who have trusted in Christ Jesus will be standing on a burnt out patch. We will be passed over.
ANSWER: The person’s righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. In other words, he must be perfect. He must stand in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and not his own righteousness.
NOTE: There are only two Religions in the world.
1) I must do something ……………. I will stand in my own righteousness.
2) The other is done BY HIM ……… I will stand in HIS righteousness.