Good morning, righteous Christian! You, by the grace of God alone, have attained unto true righteousness, and as a direct result, are forever secured among the Heaven-bound children of the Most High God, Jehovah. Through time and Eternity; through man-made Hell and high water; through thick and thin; through good times and bad - your Eternal destiny is secure - “...nothing...” shall pluck you from God’s hand! Hallelujah! What a Saviour! Salvation is of the Lord Jesus Christ! (John 10:27-30)
How do we know we are possessors of true righteousness; the righteousness required to gain admittance into the Kingdom of God? Can anyone be certain as to their Eternal destination? Or, are we to live in a state of constant anxiety as to whether or not we will go to Heaven when our time on earth is over? I believe, with all my heart, we can know these things for sure, today! How do we know? Because God has given us His Word on the matter - and that’s more than enough for me. (Psalm 119:105)
“God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He not said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
So, what is the exceptional quality that gains us entrance to the Holy realms of Heaven? And, how can we know that we possess what it takes to be permitted entrance within such a Holy Place? These are the vital questions we all must ask of our own immortal souls, for, the answers we get will determine our Eternal destination - Heaven or Hell.
There is only one quality that sinners must possess to be certain of entering into Heaven - righteousness. There is only one type of righteousness that will even be examined by a thrice Holy Lord God of absolute wrath against sin - the righteousness of Christ Jesus Himself.
If the above is the case how, therefore, can mere sinners like ourselves achieve such a seemingly impossible degree of perfection; of Holiness; of impeccable purity and sinlessness? There is, in fact, just one exclusive way: “Marvel not that I (Christ Jesus) say unto thee, ‘Ye must be born again! (i.e. born from above)’” (John 3:3-8)
How are we born again? By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our own and personal Saviour, Redeemer, Lord and Friend. The Philippian jailer asked the relevant question of the apostle Paul in the book of Acts: “Sirs, what must I do to be SAVED?” (Acts 16:30)
The apostles, under the anointing of God the Holy Spirit, gave us the answer: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be SAVED...” We have God’s Word on the matter. (Acts 16:31)
To attain the righteousness of Christ Himself in the eyes of our Holy Father in Heaven, we must first believe unto Salvation. This can only be achieved if the Lord Himself grants the individual two things: repentance from sin and the faith to believe in Christ and be saved. We cannot work this up ourselves, we cannot be awarded these things from our parents; a church organization; nor any other source. God Himself grants repentance from sins and faith to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Praise God for His grace to Hell-deserving sinners such as we.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT OF GOD; not of works, lest any man (or woman) should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) (Romans 10:17)
This is what the Bible refers to as ‘the law of righteousness’. “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:3) (Galatians 3:6) (James 2:23)
Why was Abraham’s belief ‘counted unto him for righteousness’? Because the Lord had granted him the necessary saving faith to repent from his sins, believe in God’s promise; and receive the full righteousness of his coming Messiah/Saviour, Jesus the risen Christ. What grace! What profound simplicity! Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Thought: If we know we are saved, Eternally - let’s show we are saved by being more like Christ, daily.