SEPARATION FROM GOD
Isaiah 59:2 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us;
and as for our iniquities, we know them;
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us?
Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible declares “all have sinned and fall
short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Rom. 3:23). In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness
(righteousness and justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man.
Habakkuk 1:13a Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that
deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?.
THE FUTILITY OF OUR WORKS
Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain
acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and non-religious are all in the
same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious
man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not
even one” (Rom. 3:9-10). Added to this are the declarations of the following verses of Scripture:
Ephesians 2:8-9 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 should boast.
Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being
justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life
Romans 4:1-5 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were
justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was
counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that
worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect righteousness. Because of this, Habakkuk 1:13 tells us God
cannot have fellowship with anyone who does not have perfect righteousness. In order to be accepted by God, we must be as
good as God is. Before God, we all stand naked, helpless, and hopeless in ourselves. No amount of good living will get us to
heaven or give us eternal life. What then is the solution?