Separation From God [to learn about evil and Satan, click here]
Isaiah 59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated
you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for
us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through
the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture
declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible
declares “all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of
God” (Rom. 3:23). In other
words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness (righteousness and
justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man.
Habakkuk 1:13 You are too just to tolerate
evil; you are unable to condone wrongdoing.
The Futility of Our Works
Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human
works, human morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get
anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and
non-religious are all in the same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect
righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the
religious man in Romans
1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin,
that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:9-10). Added to this are the declarations of the
following verses of Scripture:
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you are saved
through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not
of works, so that no one can boast.
Titus 3:5-7 he saved us, not by works of
righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the
washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured
out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 And so, since we
have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation
of eternal life.
Romans 4:1-5 What then shall we say that
Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this
matter? 2 For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has
something to boast about (but not before God). 3 For what does the scripture
say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now
to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to
obligation. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who
declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.
No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect
righteousness. Because of this, Habakkuk 1:13 tells us God cannot have fellowship with
anyone who does not have perfect righteousness. In order to be accepted by God,
we must be as good as God is. Before God, we all stand naked, helpless, and
hopeless in ourselves. No amount of good living will get us to heaven or give us
eternal life. What then is the solution?