Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Most people do and think they are good enough to get into heaven. However, most of us differ on the definition of “good.” The Bible says that God is good, and the Ten Commandments are His standard of goodness to show our sin nature. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the human heart is mysterious and deceitful. We cannot know what lies at the heart of our own nature and personality; it is beyond our ability to penetrate and understand. Therefore, it is impossible to live a “Good Life” or be a “Good Person” in the sight of God because God defines goodness as His absolute perfection. “there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” – Romans 3:12, “there is no one righteous, not even one” – Romans 3:10, “there is none good but one, that is, God.” – Mark 10:18. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23. If it is possible for us to get to Heaven by living a good and upright life, then Jesus died for nothing… “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” – Galatians 2:21.
Watch the following short video clip and meet Mr. Nice Guy. See how God examines hearts through the use of His law the 10 commandments. The law demonstrates to us our sin disease and reveals our need for God and a cure through Faith and Trust in Jesus Christ. “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” – 2 Peter 3:9.
The mirror shows us our flaws, but it cannot do anything to erase or cover them (James 1:23-25). The law shows us we are lost (Romans 7:7), but it also points us to Christ (Gal 3:24) and His plan of redemption for us (Romans 3:30). Until you look into the mirror of the law, you will never be made aware of your need of salvation (Romans 3:20). Once you see yourself as you really are, God will provide you with the measure of faith necessary to draw you to Christ. The reason the law will not pass away is, there are always people who need to KNOW they have done wrong and are under the penalty of the law (1 Timothy 1:8-10). Once a person obtains God’s salvation, the law is simply a reminder of who they were before being made a ‘new creation” in-Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). A beautiful butterfly is able to fly and defy the law of gravity, but at one time it was a lowly worm kept “grounded” by the law, it now is able to overcome and be free to fly. If you remain focused on the law, you will NEVER obtain the salvation God has provided for you. (Hebrews 12:2)
God’s standards are so high that we cannot possibly hope to reach up to them. He considers Lust to be Adultery (Matthew 5:27-28) and Hatred to be Murder (Matthew 5:21-22). We are naturally sinful and have turned our backs on God, everything we do, no matter how good it might seem to us, is tainted by that sin, if we do not love God, then Paul says in his Letter: (Romans 8:6-8) “those controlled by their sinful nature cannot please God” We all have a sin nature (Romans 3:23). When we sin, we in essence commit a crime against God and He blames us for our nature (John 3:4).
If you’ve been convicted by God’s law today and see yourself in the mirror as a wretched sinner condemned by the law, then maybe it’s time to get rid of that old sinful nature, so when you look in the mirror you can see a new nature in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:5-8). Break those chains of bondage today (Nahum 1:13) and be set free from the law of sin and death through Jesus Christ (John 8:31 & 36). (2 Peter 3:9) says that God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Receive Jesus Christ as Your Savior and Lord and turn your life over to him today and become part of the Body of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; Behold, all things are become new.” Today with all your heart, turn away from your sin, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9). Please don’t put it off. You may die today as it says in (Hebrews 9:27) “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” and then it will be too late. Repent and put your Faith and Trust in Him today before it’s too late.
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Romans 2:12 – “Is God Fair to Judge All”
Listen to this Podcast as Pastor Tim discusses the topic is it fair for God to judge all people and send them to hell if they’ve never heard the gospel? Just think of how accurately God will judge every unbeliever! Each day of every life will be analyzed in minute detail. The hidden thoughts and motives of each hour will be replayed, along with all your actions and attitudes (Romans 2:16). The words spoken in secret will be made public, the intentions of the heart displayed for all to see. They will have no attorney to whom they may appeal, no loopholes by which they can escape. Nothing but bare, indisputable facts. (Ecclesiastes 3:17)
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