Monday, March 22, 2010

So all fall short, except maybe this guy...

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil.  Job 1:1

Job was blameless, Noah was blameless and righteous (Gen 6:9), Abraham was blameless (Gen 17:1), Hezekiah had a perfect heart (2 Ki 20:3), Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous (Luk 1:6), and Joseph was a just man (Mat 1:19).

...since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God... Romans 3:23

Let's avoid the Mary question altogether here and talk about the people the Bible says are righteous, blameless, and otherwise perfect.  It doesn't say they are trying hard to please God, it doesn't say they've placed their faith in God, it doesn't say anything aside from indicating they were indeed free from sin.  What is going on here?

(Yes, I realize the hilarity of asking a question like this when I have 1.5 readers.  But someday, someone will be able to answer my question!)

1 comment:

  1. Think you are trying to figure out Justification by faith.

    To please God we must have faith
    Heb 11:6
    But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    Job was a Faithful Man
    Eze 14:13 "Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.

    Job through his faith in God
    showed his patience when suffering - an attribute of God's Character (Glory)

    Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

    If you look at Hebrews Ch 11 there is a whole list of others who put their faith in God.
    By the way they lived they often showed different attributes of God's Glory.

    Jesus is the only man that has not sinned.
    Therefor He showed all the attributes of God's Glory (Character)
    Heb_1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

    If we put our faith in God and Jesus his Son by doing good to all in our life, recognising God's Power and Authority.(living as much like Jesus as we can) God will forgive our many sins. If we sin we can ask forgiveness through Jesus our Mediator (A Mediator brings together two parties that have a serious relationship problem and makes them work together again. -Remember the problem started in Eden)

    This verse shows how Jesus is our Example.

    1 Peter 2:18-25
    18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

    22 "Who committed no sin,
    Nor was deceit found in His mouth";

    23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
    (Not easy if you have a bad Boss at work? you will need the patience of Job -oops I didn't intend a pun)

    Moses asked God to show him His glory
    Ex 33:18
    18 And he said, "Please, show me Your glory."
    Ex 34:6-7
    6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation."

    God's salvation is a gift and cannot be earned which has resulted in some thinking all you have to do is say I believe. This is not so it is Word and Deed.
    As James points out.
    Read James 2:14-26
    Well I hope that is some way to answering your question.