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Pastor Smith’s Last Post.

The truth is that when we come to realize we are sinful law breakers we are powerless to then begin keeping the law of God in order to achieve righteousness and justification; freedom from the guilt and penalty of sin in our life (Romans 3:20).  No matter how hard “we try” to obey God’s law we still fall short of perfect righteous obedience.  No, we are sinners through and through; slaves to sin through our sinful nature (Romans 7:14, 18).  We are filled with unrighteousness (Romans 1:29).  Any righteousness we try to attain by trying to obey God’s law is as “filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)


This was the spiritual “trap” or error the Jews of Christ’ day fell into.  They thought they could be righteous in God’s sight by keeping the law (Romans 9:31-32).   They were trying the impossible and didn’t know it.  So when Christ came preaching righteousness by faith the religious leaders believed He was teaching heresy.  They rejected the only One through whom they could become righteous.

The Apostle Paul wrote of their condition and clearly stated that Christ is the “end” or fulfillment of the law for righteousness for all who believe in Him:


“Brethren, my heart’s desire for Israel is, that they might be saved.  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”  (Romans 10:1-4).


On the other hand, the non-Jews (Gentiles) who accepted Christ attained righteousness before God.  How did they do that?  They became righteous before God by “faith” in Christ and His righteousness (Romans 9:30).  For the Bible teaches that there is no way to become righteous and be saved except through belief in Christ (Acts 4:12).  No one is made righteous and saved by their own righteous works.  Righteousness and salvation comes only through faith in Jesus (Titus 3:5-6).  Paul wrote:


“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight… Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:20, 28


Remember, there is no righteousness in this earth except Christ’s righteousness.  And only by His righteousness are we justified and sanctified.  Hence, to try to become righteous in any other way except through Christ’s righteousness is legalism.

This applies to both imputed and imparted righteous in the Christian’s life.  The Bible teaches that we receive Christ’s imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness by our faith in Him.  We experience both justification and sanctification by faith in Christ.  Our efforts to keep God’s law do not make us righteous.  Righteousness is only experienced by faith in Christ.


“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:” Colossians 2:6

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5 thoughts on “A Fatal Error

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  2. God can delete or retain our sins. That is a wonderful thought, he can delete the bad things or worse he can delete the good things. As you examine yourself honestly under the searching eye of God and you view your memory in your computer, how do you feel it is all there in the judgement?

    Can this natural heart be religious? Can it be interested in Bible study? The natural heart can be very religious. The apostle Paul dealt with that very thing in his own experience. I will not refer to any worldly person or procedure. I will refer to the natural man that is religious which can be you and me. Paul trusted in his flesh.

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