DEUTERONOMY 6:25: “It will be credited as righteousness for us, if we’re careful to obey the entire Law in the presence of the LORD our God, as he commanded.’” (ISV)
OBSERVATION: Can I ever be good enough to earn a right standing with God? The closing verse of Deuteronomy 6 seems to say the answer to this question is – YES! However, let’s take a closer look at this question, and examine the practical implications it has for our lives.
The International Standard’s translation renders the key words of verse 25 as – credited, righteousness, careful, obey, and entire. And in these words we find both a problem and a promise. First, let’s examine the problem.
The problem is, there is no one who can carefully obey the entire Law in the presence of the Lord. Here is how James sums it up.
- “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” James 2:10-11 NKJV
And Paul adds emphasis to the inability of man to carefully obey the entire Law, when he writes,
- “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:19-20 NKJV
It is not the Law’s fault, it is ours! The Law of the Lord is perfect, sure, right, pure, and clean (Psalm 19). Yet, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. In fact, it is the very Law of God that shines its light upon our lives and shows us that we are all truly lost. So where is the promise?
It actually is possible to be credited with righteousness by carefully obeying the entire Law. And this is what Jesus did for us! He lived a sinless life, and perfectly obeyed all the Law of God in our place. He then submitted Himself to death on the cross, to bear our sin, and take our penalty of death upon Himself. Jesus was the perfect and obedient man, and He offered Himself up to death as the perfect, spotless, lamb of God. And now, anyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ, can receive what they never could achieve – God crediting Jesus’ righteousness to their life. When we believe and place our faith in Jesus Christ, we become the righteousness of God – in Christ Jesus!
- “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT
- “For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” Romans 4:3-5 NLT
I can’t work my way to righteousness. No one can. But, everyone who will repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord, receives righteousness as a free gift!
Now that’s good news!
In Jesus Name!