Memorise Isaiah 64:6
“…there is none righteous no, not one.”
Isaiah 64:6a tells us all of us are unclean: for certainly none of us can ever claim to have led a perfect sinless life. This uncleanness we had as unbelievers separated us from our perfect, pure and holy God. Isaiah goes on to say that “all our righteousness are as filthy rags”. In our fallen state we do not know God, nothing we do is ever for him, but only for our sinful selves. Therefore even the apparently righteous things that we do, are also regarded as filthy rags before God.
We can never be saved by combining faith and works, for any attempt to merge the robes of righteousness given by Christ with these filthy rags of works will render us unclean. We must be spotlessly clean, washed by the blood of Christ. Once we are saved, however, our good works are no longer filthy rags, but can be regarded as gold, silver, precious stones in God’s sight, fit for His reward (1 Corinthians 3:12-14).
If your sins are not washed by faith in Christ’s work alone, then you are not saved. No matter how regular you are at church or how much you serve God or how many other good works you do, you can never be considered righteous and clean in the sight of God. You must first confess your sins and believe in Christ. If you already have this saving faith, then ask yourself if your good works are tainted by sin. Do you serve Him with ulterior motives? If so, realize that in God’s sight, some of your works are as wood, hay and stubble, to be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:15). Paul himself realized “… when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Romans 7:21). Search your heart to make sure all your thoughts and actions are clean and pure, or else they will not be accepted by God.
The Bible clearly teaches us in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.” That name is Jesus. Only Jesus saves.
Thought: Am I saved by Christ’s robes of righteousness alone?
Prayer: O God, help me to check that my testimony is not tainted by sin.