…that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith (Philippians 3:9).
I remember a book I read when I was a kid. In it, Death was a regular guy whose job was to come collect your soul when you died. Good deeds from your life made your soul lighter; bad deeds made it heavier. Mr. Death freed your soul and allowed it to float up to heaven or sink down to hell.
Good story–bad theology.
Two major problems from the perspective of Truth. First, as we’ve already seen, your most righteous righteousness ain’t so righteous, so your soul–and mine–would float like balloons filled with mashed potatoes. Second, God isn’t looking for a 51%-49% proposition. Anything less than perfection is an epic fail.
But Michael, I could never–
Aaaaaand…we’re back to Jesus.
Happy Thursday, Beloved.