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My Goodness!

October 23, 2011

“The Bible tells us that Jesus, “who knew no
sin,” was made to be sin so that in Him alone “we might become the
righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). A double transfer — the crediting of our
sin to Christ on the cross and the crediting of His righteousness to our
account — gives us peace with God. But if our righteous status requires more
than our trust in Jesus, we remain enemies of our Creator. Our “righteous
deeds” are but filthy rags and cannot atone for evil (Isa. 64:6). If we ask God
to base His declaration of righteousness even partly on our works, we, in
effect, ask Him to condemn us.” R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries email, October
20, 2011

I meditated recently upon the filth of the “filthy rags”. If you don’t already know, it is menses – as in menstruation – as in a woman’s monthly cycle. Yes, those filthy rags. How do you like knowing God compares anything you count as a “good” work to those filthy rags?

I meditated upon these gruesome images recently because I had to visit my gynecologist to have a procedure done in which he had to scrape some cells from the line of my uterus. We had an interesting talk about what that lining is. I thought the lining was the actual blood that flows once a month; that it was building up, building up for the implantation of a zygote (i.e. human baby developing), and when that implantation didn’t occur then this lining of blood would shed. NO, my friend! That is NOT what it is. Did you know this?

That lining is its own thing. Endometrium. What is expelled every month is this lining of cells and tissue which pulls or is pushed and squeezed out of the uterus and this causes some bleeding. What you see is blood-tinged endometrium not “blood”. It is tissue no longer viable for sustaining the creation of life. And you want to call that dead stuff your good work!

God isn’t like man; he doesn’t flippantly choose words. When he makes a metaphor or an analogy he means it!

Life is about Life. And what we have to offer is not life; it’s dead sloughed off menses. We can’t go to God and say, “Here. Here is my offering of goodness (Remember God is “good” and he is Life. He’s going to judge your good by his Good, and that being Good that gives Life.)

I just wanted you to have a clearer picture of not just what your good work is, but why it isn’t good.

Because it can’t produce or support Life. And LIFE is the business God is in.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 6:23

Now THAT is good news.

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