Yesterday in the sermon at Calvary Community Church, we spent a fair amount of time talking about the judgment that is coming when Jesus returns (Luke 12:57-13:9). Because of that, I wanted to make sure that we ended with our only hope and confidence for facing the Judge who rightly displays justice through his wrath toward sin, and the wicked ones who perpetrate it.
Therefore, I read the quote below. May it bring comfort to every sinner, of whom I am chief.
“When you stand before God at the judgment, I wonder what you plan to do or say in order to convince him to count you righteous and admit you to all these blessings of his kingdom? What good deed or godly attitude will you pull out of your pocket to impress him? Will you pull out your church attendance? Your family life? Your spotless thought life? The fact that you haven’t done anything really heinous in your own eyes? I wonder what you’ll hold up before him while saying, ‘God, on account of this, justify me!’
I’ll tell you what every Christian whose faith is in Christ alone will do, by God’s grace:
They will simply and quietly point to Jesus.
And this will be their plea: ‘O God, do not look for any righteousness in my own life. Look at your Son. Count me righteous not because of anything I’ve done or anything I am, but because of him. He lived the life I should have lived. He died the death I deserve. I have renounced all other trusts, and my plea is him alone. Justify me, O God, because of Jesus.’”
– Greg Gilbert, What is the Gospel?, 83