‘GOOD’ people? a soldiers perspective

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Army, John, Truth

Jesus knows the Heart John 2:23-25
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

What Does a Good Person Look Like
There is a popular saying in the United States (and especially in the service) that if you are a ‘good person’ when you die God will accept you into His arms and you will enjoy a ‘good’ afterlife. Most people will tell you that they are in-fact a good person. I would like to discuss what ‘good’ really is in a biblical setting. Lets start off with the Ten Commandments.

Duet 5:6-21
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery: “1.You shall have no other gods before me. “2.You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything. You shall not worship them; “3.You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “4.Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, “5.Honor your father and your mother”6.You shall not murder.”7.You shall not commit adultery.”8.You shall not steal.”9.You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on …anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

In the OT before Jesus came, these were the rules for a follower of God who wanted to be a ‘good’ person. If someone were to break one of these, God’s wrath would remain on him and he would have to offer some sort of sacrifice. Now, most of the ‘good’ people I know do not go to church on Sunday because it is there only day to sleep in (Sabbath #4), use the words God D&*$ it regularly (Name in Vain #3), would rather watch football and play with their fantasy stats more then hear about God (#1), work 60+ hours per week to make as much money as they can becoming a slave to it and practically worshiping it (#2), lie to their parents (#5), and the list could go on forever. Thank God Jesus came to make being good easier right? He died a horrible death on a cross so we could live free and do whatever we want right?….

Matt 5:17 Jesus on the law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Matt 5:21-22a on Murder
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.
Matt 5:27-28 on Adultery
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matt 5:31-32 on Divorce
“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Matt 5:38-39 on Revenge
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
Matt 6:19-21 on Money
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When Jesus came, he did not denounce the law or downplay it at all, if anything He elevated it and held His people to a higher standard, but He also made man realize that without the blood of Jesus nobody would be saved because it is literally impossible to keep the law. The only GOOD person who ever lived died on a tree for you so that you and I could have eternal life.

We must come to the conclusion that it impossible to be GOOD when we compare ourselves with God, and we must confess our sins and accept Jesus into our hearts so that we can be forgiven. Jesus has promised eternal life to those who follow Him (1 John 2:25).

Are you in need of forgiveness for sin? We all are, so you’re in good company. I feel like Paul often when he says he is the worst sinner (1 Tim 1:15). There is acceptance for you in Christ. Whatever you did, wherever you are, I am certain that Jesus can heal and restore you. If He can change me, He can change anyone!


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