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 1 Cor. 15:10a​
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His Plan Not Ours
Romans 3:10-18
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

The point isn’t that men haven’t tried to do the right thing. The point is that men haven’t believed what God has openly declared in His Word. 

“I’ve been a good person. I help others when I can and when they deserve it. I don’t cheat others and I don’t lie, or steal, or harm others. I treat people the same way I desire to be treated. Ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I am a good man.”

That’s nice. And it’s better than the self absorbed person who only walks out to take care of Number One. But there is a reason Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by me.”

We cannot reach God by way of our own works. No matter how good our works may be; no matter how many times we do those good works, we cannot get to God by our own design, we cannot reach God under our own plan. Are the good works of a Muslim less important than the good works of a Lutheran or a Hindu?  

The point isn’t that men haven’t tried to do the right thing. The point is that men haven’t believed what God has openly declared in His Word.

Romans 3:19-20
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them 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 there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The Mosaic Law was not given to Israel to show them how to reach God under their own works. The Mosaic Law showed Israel that they couldn’t reach God on their own because they were under sin.

Galatians 3:19a
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made;…

The Law gave Israel an awareness of sin, a knowledge of why man was not going to reach God on his own. But it also showed them that God had a plan to redeem mankind through a savior.

Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus Christ is the author, or the beginner, of faith. The word “our” is in no text and should be removed from the verse. The word finisher means to complete or accomplish. Jesus Christ began and completed believing God. He believed God all the way through his entire life. 

John 4:34
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Jesus Christ was sent by God to do those things which mankind could not do for themselves. He walked with God in complete obedience and then willing gave up his life as a sacrifice, or sin offering, for all of mankind.

Romans 3:21
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

God has offered righteousness to all of mankind. The Mosaic Law and the prophets are witnesses of God’s plan of redemption for the Law and the prophets all declared the coming of a savior; a savior that would allow God to legally justify all who are identified in Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:22
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

The faith of Jesus Christ spoken of in this verse is the completed or accomplished believing of Jesus Christ spoken of in Hebrews 12. Therefore, for a more clear understanding of what God is saying we could read Romans 3:22 like this, “ Even the righteousness of God which is by the accomplished believing of Jesus Christ…”

Why do we need the accomplished believing of Jesus Christ?

Romans 3:23 
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

All have sinned except for Jesus Christ who always did the will of his Father.

John 14:30-31
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

Jesus could declare, just prior to his arrest, that the prince of this world, otherwise known as the Devil, had nothing on him, meaning he never sinned, he never disobeyed God. As God gave Jesus directions to follow, he followed them to the letter. 

All men except Jesus sinned. No matter how good a person thinks he has lived, he has sinned in his life. All of mankind, with the exception of Jesus Christ, have come short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:24-26
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

All of mankind was under bondage, slavery, to sin. This slavery, known as a bondslave in the Old Testament, was only ended through death. The only way for each person to break this bond of slavery to sin was to die.

Romans 6:20
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

The only means by which this form of slavery can be ended is by the death of the slave. Jesus Christ ended our slavery to sin by dying for us or in our place. When God raised Jesus from the dead mankind was given an escape clause by which he could end his slavery to sin.

Jesus had to spend seventy-two hours, three days and three nights, in the grave in order to be declared officially dead. At the end of seventy-two hours mankind’s bondage to sin was legally broken, it was as if each individual person had died. 

Justified is a legal term and means, just as if I had never sinned. With this legal justification God could then legally make any person who believed righteous. Righteousness is the result of the legal justification.

And all of this is by God’s grace, His unmerited favor to man. When something is merited it means you have earned it. Man cannot earn God’s righteous, it is a gift from God.

2 Corinthians 5:18a
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,…

We need to cease from our own works and accept the work God has accomplished for us in His son Jesus Christ. Our entrance into the presence of God is by the grace of God and not by our own works. 

Here are mankind's choices:

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.

We can stand before God in our own righteousness, based upon our own works and our own merits, what Isaiah has called filthy rags. Or we can stand before God clothed in the righteousness that God has provided through the accomplished believing of His son Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:24
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

We can come to God under the banner of our own works of righteousness or we can come clothed in the righteousness God has provided through the accomplished work of His son Jesus Christ.

Seems like a pretty easy choice to make.