Scripture gives us a whole new perspective on things. It gives us God’s perspective. This is something we desperately need because we, by ourselves, can’t see the big picture. We need God to show it to us.
Sometimes, however, seeing things from God’s perspective can be very sobering.
Take, for example, God’s evaluation of the whole human race. It’s found in Romans 3:10-12:
“There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Talk about leaving no room for doubt! Six times it says “none” or “not one”. There are no exceptions.
From God’s perspective there is nobody who is righteous; nobody who has done good.
How can God say this? Aren’t there a lot of good people in the world? Haven’t all of us done good? What about all those medical people fighting the virus right now? This can’t be right!
But it is.
We all have been infected with the virus of sin.
This means everything we do is contaminated with sin. I help my aged neighbor but then grumble about others who don’t help her. I serve in a church calling but am envious of those with a “better” calling. Every one of our thoughts, words, and actions go through a filter—not a filter which removes sin but one that is filthy with sin and pollutes everything with sin.
This is why we needed Jesus to take our place and do good for us.
This is why it is disastrous to add our works to his perfect work. All our works are filthy with sin. Even just one will contaminate his spotless work. This is why Jesus had to do everything for us.
And that is what he did! He was good for you. When you cover yourself in his goodness, then God will see you as good—as perfect. Therefore, trust in his goodness for you.
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Additional Questions You Might Have
Why did Jesus come for us?
He was born for one specific purpose: to be our substitute, doing all things necessary for us to live eternally with Heavenly Father.
What does it really mean to endure to the end?
Scripture often encourages us to endure in the faith or warns us about falling away.