I’m sure most of you remember the pain of sitting, and maybe failing, examinations at school.
I’ve even had to sit exams during my working life!
How would you feel if 100% was the only acceptable result, the only way to pass?
How would you feel if even 99.84% was not good enough?
Well, that is what it is exactly like if you try or want to achieve your own righteousness in the eyes of God.
If you want to be accepted by law (or religion and legalism) you have to fulfil the whole law; you cannot even fail in one item of it.
If you ‘fail’ in only one and ‘pass’ the other 612 this is simply not good enough.
The law requires absolute perfection, and we cannot achieve this in our own strength or through our own works.
However the good news is that because of Jesus we can be made perfect, made righteous, as a gift of grace through faith (Romans 9 v 30).
Because of Jesus it is as if He was ‘sat the exam’ for us, and His score was perfect.
We now, as a gift of grace through faith, benefit from this perfection, from this 100% pass, and in the eyes of God we are holy, perfect, sinless and righteous.
Now that seems to me to be a good result!
Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that I have been made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus”.
James 2 v 10…..For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all