Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Impossibility of Living a Holy Life Without Christ

I've made my way to the book of Numbers in my daily Bible reading.  I finished Leviticus last week and will finish Numbers early next week.  What has really jumped out at me as I've re-read these books is the impossibility of me, all by myself, living a life holy before God.

Read Leviticus 17 - 20 and see if you could keep all the laws, rules, and commandments in order to be holy before a Holy God.  It's just not possible.  It's evident no person could.  Compared to God, we are absolutely unholy.  Now, this conclusion; however, doesn't mean I shouldn't strive to be holy.  I most definitely should.  It just is so clear I can't do it myself.

I've never fully appreciated until now how absolutely helpless I am without the saving grace of Jesus.  We're unholy to God because we sin and don't even know we've sinned.  God can't look upon us because we're committing sins we don't even know are sins. 

The enormity of measuring up would be more than we could bear if it were not for Jesus.  Our hope lies in the fact that He took all our sins, known and unknown, and carried them to Calvary.  He is now our intermediary, who pleads our case before the Father.  Without Him there is no hope.  I'm so glad, I can call Him my Savior because He is. 

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