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Liberation From Self-Righteousness

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  • Pages: 6
  • Version: KJV
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Once upon a time, there was a man named John. John strived tirelessly to meet what he deemed as God’s standard, seeking to be a beacon of goodness in a world of uncertainty. He poured his heart into acts of kindness, devoted himself to righteous deeds, and held himself to the highest moral standards. Yet, no matter how hard he tried, John found himself falling short, his efforts never quite measuring up to the perfection he believed God demanded. Despite his unwavering resolve, John’s soul was burdened with the weight of his perceived failure, his spirit weary from the constant struggle to attain the unattainable. Little did John know, his journey would lead him to the Bible verses listed below

Man is sinful

The first verse John encountered was Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” He realized that this verse highlights our sinful nature and the fact that we all fall short of God’s perfect standard of righteousness

Another verse, Romans 6:23, struck a chord with John: “For the wages of sin is death.” He realized that this verse highlights that because of sin we deserve death, which means separation from God, both in time and in eternity in the lake of fire.

Good works do not save

As John continued to read, he came across Isaiah 64:6, which painted a bleak picture of humanity’s attempts at righteousness: “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” He realized This verse highlights the fact that our own efforts and righteous deeds can never make us acceptable in God’s eyes.

John finally accepted the fact that man, by his own efforts, cannot save himself. Human ability can never measure up to God’s perfect standard of righteousness. The words of Scripture should weigh like a ten-ton stone tied around our necks as we are tossed into the ocean and feel ourselves desperately sinking to the bottom. Before salvation, we should feel helpless and lost, unable to save ourselves. We should see ourselves as guilty sinners before a holy God who deserve only death as the just punishment for our sin.

Good news

But amidst the despair, John stumbled upon a glimmer of hope in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

God’s great Grace

And then, like a beacon of light in the darkness, Ephesians 2:8-9 illuminated John’s understanding: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” It was a revelation that shook him to his core. John finally understood that Grace is the unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor we get from God. It’s a voluntary act, not due to any obligation. God, full of mercy and love, chose to save us through Jesus Christ, even when we were lost in our wrongdoings. As Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV) says, “God…made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Salvation is a gift; it’s free because Jesus paid the price, not us. What an incredible gift!

Justification through faith

Filled with gratitude, John found assurance in Romans 4:2-5 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 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.” John now understands that God declares us righteous through faith—there’s no other way to be saved. By God’s grace through faith in Christ alone we receive the forgiveness of our past, present and future sins and are gifted eternal life. More so, God credits us with Christ’s righteousness the moment we believe, making us forever acceptable to Him.

The object of our faith

And then, Acts 16:30-31 became the final piece of the puzzle: The jailer asks Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they reply, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” It’s important to recognize that this refers to a specific person who accomplished a specific work: the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who died for our sins and rose again the moment you believe on the person and work of Christ you are saved.  

With a heart full of gratitude. John trusted in the Lord Jesus as his Savior and found peace in knowing that he cannot lose his salvation. Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Like John, you too can experience the incredible power of God’s grace. Regardless of your past mistakes or present struggles, God’s grace is more than enough to cover them all.

Will you accept this gift of salvation today? The choice is yours. May you find hope, peace, and eternal life in the embrace of God’s amazing grace.

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