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Romans 5:10, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
I would like to pose the question
why did Jesus live on this earth for 33 years? Why did He come as a baby? Did
He have too? Isaiah prophesied that he would. Micah prophesied that He would
but why 33 years? Did you ever wonder about it?  The Scripture says we shall be saved by His life!
When the redeemed stand before God they must stand perfectly righteous
Not one blemish can exist against
the redeemed’s record when they come into the very presence of God. No one will
go to Heaven who has one blemish on his record in Heaven. Sin cannot enter into
“But preacher I live a pretty
good life!” Sorry that is not goo enough. Your good things cannot and will not
erase your bad things. If you trust your own goodness and have one sin on your
record you must go to Hell forever. For you and I are not qualified to pay for
The Scripture says the wages of
sin is “death.”  It is sin singular
not plural. The very first sin we committed condemned us to a devil’s Hell. It
is not a matter of you having more good on you record than you do bad. One sin
is all it takes to send a person to Hell.
Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake
of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the
book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
It is not the removal of sin from
you record alone that will save your soul. It has to be the combination of
removal of all sin and the application of the righteousness of Christ.
There are only two righteousnesses
One of them is mine and the other
is God’s! Righteousness meaning “righteous acts.” I have my righteous acts and
Jesus has His righteous acts. My salvation is a righteous act of Christ.
No one can be just pretty good
and go to Heaven. One must be perfect before he or she can go to Heaven. You
cannot have a better than average record and go to Heaven on that basis. You
must have a spotless record from sin in Heaven and the applied righteousness of
Christ to your record in Heaven.
My righteousness is not God’s righteousness
Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as
filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
have taken us away.”
Our righteousness is as filthy
rags in God’s sight. The best you and I do is tainted by sin. When we do
something good there is a degree of a selfish motive because of our flesh. The
Scripture did not say your sins are as filthy in the sight of God for it says
your goodness is as filthy rags in the sight of God.
This reference to “as filthy
is in conjunction with the leper’s rag that was like a public drinking
fountain tied to a post in the center of the city. Lepers would come and wipe
his or her running corruption on that rag. Then another leper would do likewise
with the same rag. God uses that horrible picture to show what our righteousness
is like not our sins. The best we can do before God is like a puss-filled
public rag used by lepers. So you think you can get to Heaven on a puss-filled
rag for a record? God tells us that is what our righteousness is!
There is only one righteousness left and it is perfect
There is only one perfect
righteousness and that is the righteousness of Jesus Christ God’s only begotten
Son. Whichever one man trusts will determine where that person will go at
Romans 10:1, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God 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
unto the righteousness of God.”
A zeal of God maybe like a
charismatic, Jehovah False Witness, Mormon, Worldwide Church of God, or a
Seventh Day Adventist? Any one that preaches any other Gospel other than simple
faith in the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ has a zeal of God but not
according to knowledge.
It makes no difference how much
you shout, shake, bark like a dog, laugh, or roll on the floor it is a zeal of
God but not according to knowledge. Man has to have the prefect righteousness
of Christ on his record in Heaven when he or she stands before God. That is why
Jesus was born in the flesh. That is why He came to earth.
Paul said, “They being ignorant
of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness
have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
Who are these
people who have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge?
Who are these people going about
to establish their own righteousness but have not submitted unto God’s righteousness.
These are people who are trusting for example in baptism, communion, church
membership, sacraments, confirmation, holy Eucharist, Sabbath keeping, good
deeds, or a good life for salvation. These are the ones who attempt to keep the
Ten Commandments for salvation, say the Rosary, being good citizens, attempting
to be honest, and trying to be faithful to the end for their salvation. These
are the ones waiting and trusting in the last rites at death for an absolution
for their salvation. These are they who have a zeal of God but not according to
What is this filthy rags
righteousness? It is anything other than the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It
is anything you are trusting other than your record being clean in Heaven and
filled with the righteousness of Christ that is filthy rags.
It is not the absence of unrighteousness
This righteousness that must be
on your record is more than the absence of unrighteousness. If you stand before
God trusting your righteousness you will have a smeared record. If you only
have a blank record you still cannot go to Heaven. That is why we are saved by
Jesus’ life! The righteousness of Jesus Christ must be on your record before
you can enter Heaven.
Jesus came to die for me and pay the penalty for my unrighteousness
That removes my unrighteousness
from my record in Heaven but I must have righteousness on my record. The Bible
does not say I am saved by having a blank record in Heaven. The Scripture says
clearly it is God’s righteousness that saves me. That is why the redeemed are
saved by Jesus’ life for in so doing the record is filled with the
righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Jesus not only came to die for the redeemed but He came to live for the
If Jesus had not lived for 33
years in the flesh there would be no righteousness to place on the record of
the redeemed in Heaven. That is why He cam and lived on the earth. That is why
He was tempted in all points. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our
unrighteousness. He lived on earth for 33 years so He could have His own
righteousness to place on the record in Heaven of the redeemed. All the
redeemed are saved not only by His death and reconciled by His death but Romans
5:10 says we are saved by His life!

Jesus died to pay for our unrighteousness and He lived to give us righteousness
that was not tainted. If Jesus had just come to die He would have performed no
righteous acts to place on our record in Heaven. It was Jesus’ righteousness of
the personal life of Jesus Christ that was not tainted righteousness that He
imputes to my record and all those who are redeemed making our record I Heaven
not only spotless of sin but a recording of Jesus goodness.
God told Moses to tell the people
on the first month, April, on their calendar, the tenth day of that month to
choose a lamb. That lamb was to be without blemish. That lamb had to be a male
lamb without blemish. Moses told them to keep that lamb for four days until the
fourteenth day. He told them to offer that lamb as a sacrifice, take its blood,
and sprinkle that blood on the lintel’s and doorposts of the house.
In the night of the fourteenth
day of the first month the Death Angel will Passover and all the people that
obeyed with the sprinkling of the blood their first born was protected from the
Death Angel. However, those who did not sprinkle the blood their first-born was
to be taken by the Death Angel.
Suppose Moses had gotten that
lamb on the thirteenth day of that month? It would not have satisfied God for
He wanted Moses to keep that lamb for four days to examine the lamb to be sure
the lamb was without blemish.
If that lamb had been killed in
the back yard and the blood lay there then the first-born would have died. R.
B. Theme and John McArthur along with some others say that the blood of Jesus
dissipated at the foot of Calvary. 
That is simply not true! It is not just the lamb slain but it is the
slain lamb with its blood applied on the doorpost that stops the Death Angel.
It is the Lamb of God slain on Calvary who took His own blood and went to
Heaven. He then sprinkled His own blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven. That shed
and applied blood of Jesus Christ is still there on that Mercy Seat today.
There is something else that was
necessary for that lamb to be qualified for it had to be observed for four
days! It had to be tested four days to prove it was without blemish. It had to
be a lamb, a male lamb, it had to be killed, and the blood had to be sprinkled
on the doorpost but that lamb also had to be observed for four days to proved
it was without blemish.
John the Baptist on the banks of
the Jordan who came and pointed to the One Who was virgin born and said, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the
sin of the world.”
Our Lamb had to come to earth and proved He was without
blemish and He was observed for not four days but 33 long years. Thus the first
born was saved by the death of that Lamb and its blood being applied to the
doorpost but also by the four days of observation or the proving of the
perfection of that lamb.
Jesus imputed to all and me the
redeemed His earthly righteousness so on our record in Heaven we were in Christ
at Calvary. We, who are saved, are crucified with Christ but also were in the
Him in Judea and in Him on the shores of Galilee for His righteousness is
charged to our record in Heaven. On the record of the redeemed we are in Christ
when he feed the 5,000. So in essence I fed the 5,000. On my record in Heaven I
blessed the little children. How can that be, because I not only was in Christ
at Calvary but I was in Christ as He blessed the little children. On my record,
as well as every redeemed person, I healed the broken hearted, I went about
doing good, Jesus good works on earth I did, His compassion I had when He saw
the multitudes, I opened the eyes of the blind, I healed the sick, I caused the
deaf to hear, and the mute to speak.
The wages of sin is death and
Jesus died to clear me and all of the redeemed but the price of Heaven is His
righteousness thus He lived to impute that righteousness to the redeemed. WOW!
If that doesn’t tickle your gizzard there’s something wrong with your gizzard!
Ha! Jesus paid the penalty to keep me out of Hell and gave me His righteousness
to take me to Heaven.
Not only did He not impute to me
my sin or my unrighteousness but also He imputed to me His untainted
righteousness. Romans 4:3, “Abraham
believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”
How did
Abraham receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ charged to his record in
Heaven? It was by faith! Hebrews 11:6 says that the only thing that can please
God is faith. Good works cannot please God because they are all tainted. God
desires for His children to do good works that will point others to Jesus’
Man should never fiddle with
God’s simple plan of salvation and mix it with tainted righteousness. So what
did Abraham do? He simply believed God and when Abraham placed his faith in the
coming Messiah’s righteousness, just like the New Testament saints, God
responded to that faith by taking away from Abraham’s Heavenly record all of
his sins.  Yes, I even mean the
affair with Hagar! All wiped clean! However, not only did Abraham miss Hell but
God also imputed the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ on Abraham’s record
so he could go to Heaven.
What in the world did Abraham do
to deserve all of this? Did he join a church, take Sacraments, get baptized,
get sprinkled as a baby, get confirmed, take the Holy Eucharist, go to a
confessional booth, keep the Sabbath, do good deeds, live a good life, keep the
Ten Commandments, say the Rosary, be a good citizen, be a good parent, be an
honest person, hold out faithful until the end, take the last rites, or did he
have absolution? No, not at all! It was Abraham’s faith in God’s Son the coming
Messiah’s righteousness that would wipe his record in Heaven clean and fill it
with untainted righteousness of Jesus Christ!
Romans 4:5, “To him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifieth the
ungodly his faith is counted for righteousness.”
To him that does not join the
church, does not take the Sacraments, does not get baptized, does not get
confirmed, does not take the Eucharist, does not go to the confessional booth,
does not keep the Sabbath, does not do good deeds, does not live a good life,
or to him that “worketh not,” but “believeth
on him.”
By the way that is the story of
the thief on the cross next to Jesus for he never tithed, never joined a
church, and never had the last rites, for he did not do one solitary single
thing except to place his faith in Christ. God wiped that thief’s record clean
and placed on that clean record Jesus’ righteousness as his own record in
Heaven. WOW!
Genesis 15:6, “So he believed in the LORD and he counted
it to him for righteousness.”
Galatians 3:6, “Even as Abraham believed God and it was
accounted to him for righteousness.”
Romans 3:25, “To declare his righteousness for the remission of sins.”
If a human being is to stand
before God and their sins are on their record in Heaven they will go to Hell.
It does not matter how many churches they have joined, whether they have been
baptized does not matter, or whether they have taken communion does not matter.
(sins, transgressions, evil, etc.)
Rags (Church member trusting his good deeds)

Righteousness (Record cleared and filled with Jesus’ Righteousness)

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