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They Did Not Subject Themselves

November 13, 2017

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They Did Not Subject Themselves

When we subject ourselves  to someone,  we realize  that that person  is over us.     That person  is realized  as the authority  in our life  and is able  to tell us  what we have to do.

In the book of Romans,  Paul talks about some Jews,  who had a real zeal  to try and live  godly lives.     They did their very best  to be good  and righteous  so that God would approve  of them  and reward them  with eternal life.     But,  Paul sadly had to say  that all their efforts  to be good  would never earn  a heavenly reward.

Why?     Because they were ignorant  of what God has said  all through the Old Testament  and the New Testament.     In Romans 10:2-4,  Paul says,

For I bear them witness  that they have a zeal  for God,  but not in accordance  with knowledge.     For not knowing  about God’s righteousness,  and seeking  to establish their own,  they did not subject themselves  to the righteousness  of God.     For Christ is  the end  of the law  for righteousness  to everyone  who believes.

It’s sad  when someone works really hard  to be good  and righteous  in every way possible  —  but they will not be allowed  in heaven.     Some people proudly claim  that everyone  who tries to be good  has a “right”  to enter heaven.     They claim  that if God is righteous,  He will have to let them  enter heaven,  just because they worked  so hard  to be good.

But,  that’s not the way it is.     Some people defiantly ask, “Why?”     It is because  no matter how hard  a person tries  to be good,  we still all have  a sinful nature.     No one  is ever able  to be perfect  in all their ways.     But only the pure  and perfect can be allowed  in heaven.

So,  who can be saved?     Those who  “subject themselves  to the righteousness  of God”.

What does it mean to “subject themselves  to the righteousness  of God”?     It simply means  to realize  that Jesus is the righteousness  that we must have.     That’s why Paul said,  Christ is the end of the law  for righteousness  to everyone  who believes.”

When we believe  in the merits  of what Jesus did  on the cross  for us,  we are saying  “Jesus kept the whole law perfectly  for me.”     Everyone  who rightly believes  that Jesus is their Savior  is saying,  “Lord,  I believe  in Your righteousness.     I believe  that in righteousness You came  to earth  to suffer and die  to pay  for my sins.     My Lord,  You alone  are righteous  and have proven Your righteousness  by giving me salvation  through faith  in You,  because I never will be able  to earn heaven  on my own.”

So,  Christ is the end  of the law  for righteousness”.     That’s the end  of it.     There is no more “working your way  into heaven”.     We must bow down  to Christ  and worship Him  as the Lord  who paid the whole price  for our admission  into heaven.     There is no other way.

If we still want  to try and prove  that we can live  a perfect life  —  from the cradle  to the grave  —  we will be blaspheming,  because we have already sinned.

Therefore,  we must subject ourselves  to the Lordship  of Jesus Christ.     He alone  can give us the gift  of righteousness  through believing  in Him.     It is the wonder  of wonders.     And it is God’s free gift  of righteousness  to us.

Let us accept  that gift  with thankful hearts.

As we believe  that Jesus has already done  all things  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Jesus,  You are our righteousness.     Your gift  of salvation  makes us perfect  and fit  for heaven.”

Love,
Margaret

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