“In the eye of the storm, You remain in control;
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul;
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn;
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.”
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.” Romans 3:21-22
The fundamental question of religion is, how does a just and holy God take a sinner to heaven without violating God’s justice and making heaven dirty. Only the propitious death of Jesus Christ answers this question. When Jesus Christ died He justified and sanctified you; He justified and sanctified you through acts of imputation. When He became your substitute He declared you both righteous and without sin, satisfying the justice of God and making you holy.
Your righteousness is “of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ.” If people went to heaven by their own righteousness, it would be unfair in that it would require what not all have: knowledge, wealth, works, morality, etc. If you went to heaven by your works, and you died early, you would miss your chance to perform. If access to heaven were by your morality, and you were raised in a depraved environment, you would be handicapped.
God, in His infinite grace, made heaven available on the basis of what He did, not your accomplishments. Neither your assets nor your liabilities play a role in whether you are able to go to heaven; it is a work done solely by God Himself. What God requires of you, all people everywhere can do, that is, believe.
1 Kings 21-22 Luke 23:26-56 (New King James Version)
1 Kings 21-22
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