March 29th, 2019
No Basis for Self-Righteousness or Individual Merit
Romans 3:27-28 (KJB) Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
There is no room for any level of spiritual smugness in our personal relationship with God. Nor is there any room for building prideful fences and barriers in relating with others. Simply put, pride has no place in the heart of a child of God, though it is found naturally at work in a child who belongs to the god of this world.
God has established commandments and decrees, but no man can follow them on his own merit. God’s commandments are useful in pointing out our sin problem, but any attempt made to follow them to the ‘T” always results in personal let down and failure. God’s law can help a man see he is not perfect. In fact, without the spiritual presence of God, no man can even come close to fulfilling the law of God on his own.
No man can be self-righteous or merit God’s favor for his works. A man can become righteous and fulfill the law of God through sincere faith placed in the finished work of Calvary.
Faith placed in the power and presence of God and the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ is necessary to receive the eternal perfecting position, power, and promises of God. Only then, in Christ, can a person find success in satisfying the law of God.