God's Word tells us that Christ paid for the sin of humankind with His own blood at the cross; that He fulfilled the law and removed the curse; that He ransomed us from the claims of hell and the devil; that He lived a sinless life, keeping the law at every point; and that He will present us before the Father with a perfect righteousness.
The Word goes on to tell us we can have Christ's perfect righteousness attributed to us — that God will consider us as perfectly righteous in Jesus — if only we will believe what He has accomplished for us. Please understand that I am speaking of those who have repented of their sins.
Oh, how my flesh recoils at the simplicity and ease of it all. The flesh cries, "No way! It can't be that easy. I have to help; I must pay something. After all, I still have problems in my life. I still struggle with sin. I can't expect Him to consider me righteous because I still have so many things needing improvement. I need to clean up my act first."
Certainly there may be tears on our part. We have to be humbled and broken, but a river of tears alone will not save anyone. A lifetime of struggles will not save anyone. God says, "It must be by grace through faith. No flesh shall glory in My presence!"
- "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17).
- "For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith" (Galatians 5:5).
- "Righteousness . . . which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" (Philippians 3:9).