Our righteousness is nothing to God.

Scripture:
Deuteronomy 6:25 “And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

Observation:
Moses continues to prepare and encourage and exhort the Hebrews prior to their entry into the Promised Land. He goes over the laws and covenantal relationship they were to have with God. After Moses reviewed the Word of God with the people, he reminded them that if they were careful to observe all of God’s ways, they would be righteous.

Application:
Moses’ exhortation here in this part of Deuteronomy should remind us of the words Paul wrote under Divine inspiration. Our righteousness is like a pile of filthy rags before God, and he said elsewhere that salvation is by grace through faith and not of works unless a person should boast thus making it a gift from God. Again, Paul wrote that the righteousness that comes from the Law can never earn a person entry into eternity with God.

Jesus answered this ultimate dilemma for us all. He said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other way to the Father except through Him, believing on Him as the substitutionary sacrifice for one’s sins who was buried and raised again to life by God’s Spirit and confessing, “Jesus is LORD!” Peter added that there is no other name under heaven given to men by which they must be saved other than that of Jesus the Anointed One.

God gave mankind the Law to point them toward the cross of Jesus and the atoning work of His blood shed on it. God purposely designed the Law to prevent man from ever fully obeying it. This idea may seem contrary to conventional wisdom, but think about it. If God would allow man to work his way into eternal life, then why have the need of blood sacrifice for sin in the first place? You could simply live out your life doing both good and evil. If your good outweighed the evil, then you’d gain eternal life. This process would remove God’s hand in the entire ordeal. Instead God required the shedding of blood to remove and atone for sin. Animal blood was temporary; thus human blood was required.

Because no mere man born into sin could ever keep the Law entirely merely by the fact that humans born of man inherit Adam’s sin and thus is guilty of breaking the Law even at birth, thus one born of a virgin and supernaturally fathered by God was needed. Thus, God, Himself, intervened and became one like us. He did so through His Son, Jesus, who was born of a virgin, born without sin, and was thus qualified to be the ultimate sacrifice needed to pay the sin debt all humanity owed. This is why our righteousness can never earn us a way into eternal life with God.

Prayer:
Father, oh how I am so grateful that You are omniscient and through Your wisdom foresaw that I, and all humanity, would never be able to pay off our sin debt. The very act of grace of giving Jesus to us as our payment in full is the greatest act of love that mankind can or will ever know!! Thank You for setting me free from sin and making me a part of Your family. I am forever grateful and eternally indebted to You! I love You! In Jesus name, Amen.

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