This post is about an ongoing disagreement about what makes someone righteous in the eyes of the LORD. Why is righteousness important? Because God says that “the unrighteous” will not inherit eternal life. He doesn’t say non-Christians, He says the ungodly and the unrighteous will not inherit eternal life. So we need to know what that means don’t we?
I’ve been saying that when we keep God’s covenant (whether that was under the Old or New covenant) God calls us righteous, holy, just, blameless and perfect. Perfect meaning without sin; not because we haven’t sinned because everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Perfect meaning God has justified (forgiven) us and cleansed us from all unrighteousness and promises us eternal life if we continue in His covenant doing His will until the end of our lives. I quoted Luke 1:6 to prove what constitutes righteousness to God.
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea,
a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia:
and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
And they were both righteous before God,
walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
Poster “newcovenant” disagrees with my position and this is his rebuttal:
“People use this verse to prove that it is possible to obtain righteousness with God by obeying the law, but Israel tried on multiple occasions and failed to obey.” – by newcovenant
We have Hebrews chapter 11 which clarifies for us that Not All folks living under the Old Covenant failed to obey God as newcovenant states so generally.
The following is my response to “newcovenant’s” rebuttal:
People use Luke 1:6 as a proof text because it does prove it was possible to obtain righteousness with God by obeying the law through God’s covenant as God designed it for that very purpose. (key phrase – through God’s covenant)
Your premise is flawed.
Let’s make the statements correct.
1. There is no law given that can give life once it’s lost.
2. No amount of keeping the law; WITHOUT God’s mercy and Jesus’ offerings, can give us life once we’ve lost it. (keyword is “without”)
This is where God’s mercy and covenant come into action for our salvation:
1. It is only by the mercy of God the Father that we can be forgiven and obtain eternal life.
2. It is also only by the offering of Jesus Christ (sinless life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven with His own blood) can we be forgiven and obtain eternal life.
3. God said if we want eternal life, He will give it to us and it’s a free gift because we can’t earn it. Why? Because it takes the death of a sinless life to pay the penalty of “the wages of sin is death”. It takes Jesus’ offering of a sinless life, His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into heaven with His own blood to redeem a repentant sinner who enters into covenant with God.
4. How does anyone obtain salvation?
Through the everlasting covenant in Jesus’ blood.
What does that look like?
1. God the Father draws the sinner
2. God the Father convicts the heart of the sinner of his sin (gives him a knowledge of what is wrong).
3. God the Father reveals the truth (the knowledge of what is righteous) to the sinner.
4. God the Father reveals His covenant of salvation to the sinner and offers it to him.
a. “The wages of sin is death”;
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die”
i. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
ii. We will die eternally without God’s help.
b. Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God who lived a perfect sinless life and died as our substitute so we don’t have to die eternally to pay the penalty for sinning which is “the wages of sin is death”. Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification (forgiveness of sins) Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
c. God the Father offers the free gift of eternal life to the sinner upon the conditions of keeping His covenant.
i. The sinner must believe God’s account of His Son.
ii. The sinner must humble himself believing he is worthy of death because of his sins.
iii The sinner must acknowledge his sins (confess his sins).
iv. The sinner must repent in his heart (have a change of heart to turn away from sinning and be determined to obey God).
v. The sinner must ask God for the forgiveness of his sins.
vi. The forgiven sinner must obey God’s laws from his heart with all sincerity (which is the effect/result of true repentance).
No amount of keeping His laws will indebt God to us; God owes us nothing at all no matter what we do. It is God who chooses whether or not to forgive us; but He has promised through His covenant with us that IF we keep His covenant, He will forgive us, He will be our God, we will be His people (His children), the Father and the Son will abide within us through their Holy Spirit and God will grant us His promise of eternal life If we overcome sin until the end.