The Good Test

Let’s first define what it actually means to be a ‘good person’.

Good! By What Standard?

Using our own self-defined standard doesn’t mean much. The only true standard that matters is God’s. After all, we are not the ultimate Judge, He is1. However, God is not like us2. He is perfect3, and His moral standard is perfection. To be good, is to be without sin. Sin is when we disobey God’s commands4. The truth is, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God5. God is moral, which means He hates evil and loves what is good6.
He wrote a moral standard, the Ten Commandments, to show what is right and wrong7

The Good Person Test
Compare yourself against the following standard. Be completely honest, God can’t be fooled.

You shall have no other gods before Me.
(Have you always loved God above all else)
You shall not make for yourself an idol.
(Carved in wood, stone or your own mind.)
You shall not take God’s name in vain.
(Using God or Jesus’s name disrespectfully)
Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.
Honour your father and mother.
You shall not murder.
(God considers hatred to be as murder8)
You shall not commit adultery.
(This includes lust9 and fornication10)
You shall not steal.
(The value is irrelevant)
You shall not lie.
(The severity is irrelevant)
You shall not covet.
(Have you ever desired other people’s stuff?)

These sum up God’s moral law. They may seem strict, but remember God is perfect. If we’ve broken any of His commandments, we fail the good test. This means we’ve sinned and deserve God’s justice. His punishment is a place called Hell11.
The bible teaches that “the wages of sin is death12. Therefore, the real reason we die, is because of sin, but the payment we owe is more than only physical death, it includes eternal death13
Many people think they can make up for their sin by doing good deeds, but once we’ve committed the crime it’s too late. No good judge would release a criminal because they do nice things occasionally. The payment God requires for our sin is death, not good deeds14.
Some think if they stop sinning or repent God will overlook their past sins. Again, no good judge would release a criminal just because they’re sorry and promise not to do it again. Of course they should be sorry and not do it again, but justice must still be served. We’re judged for the wrong we do, not the right.

How can we escape God’s judgement?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
  – John 3:16


How does believing in Jesus satisfy God’s justice while allowing us to escape the judgement to come? 
Jesus was born of a virgin15 and He lived a perfect and sinless life16. He then willingly died on a cross as a payment for sin. He was buried, and three days later He rose from the dead. His resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people17.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:8
Jesus died on behalf of sinners like us. God’s justice has been satisfied by His death.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Because Jesus was truly God and truly Man18, He could taste death for everyone19
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God
– 1 Peter 3:18
The death and resurrection of Jesus means God can legally forgive you20 and grant you everlasting life21, not because you’re good, but because He is good.

To receive this forgiveness, God commands you to Repent22 and Believe23 in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Don’t trust in yourself or your own efforts, instead turn to God and trust only24 in Jesus. Through His death and resurrection you can have everlasting life, so put your faith in Him today. Then read the bible to learn more about God.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 6:23

[God] commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness” – Acts 17:30-31

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” – Acts 16:31

FOOTNOTES:

  1. Hebrews 9:27, Acts 17:31, Rom 2:4-6, Matthew 10:28, 1 Peter 4:5, Psalm 9:8 ↩︎
  2. Psalm 50:21 ↩︎
  3. Deuteronomy 32:4, 1 John 1:5 ↩︎
  4. 1 John 3:4, Romans 3:20, 7:7 ↩︎
  5. Romans 3:23 ↩︎
  6. Psalm 7:11, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 5:4-5, Psalm 45:6-7 ↩︎
  7. Exodus 20 ↩︎
  8. 1 John 3:15 ↩︎
  9. Matthew 5:28 ↩︎
  10. 1 Corinthians 6:18 ↩︎
  11. Matthew 10:28, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:14 ↩︎
  12. Romans 6:23 ↩︎
  13. Revelation 20:12-15 ↩︎
  14. Gal 2:16, 3:2-3, 3:24, Romans 3:20, 10:4, 11:6, Eph 2:8–9, Gen 15:6, Titus 3:5, Gal 2:21 ↩︎
  15. Matthew 1:23 ↩︎
  16. Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 3:18 ↩︎
  17. 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 ↩︎
  18. Philippians 2:6 ↩︎
  19. Hebrews 2:9 ↩︎
  20. Eph 1:7, Rom 4:25 ↩︎
  21. 1 Timothy 1:16, John 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40, 6:47, Matt 25:46, Daniel 12:2 ↩︎
  22. Acts 3:19, 17:30, 20:21, 2 Peter 3:9, 2 Cor 7:10, Matt 4:17, Luke 5:32 ↩︎
  23. John 3:16, 1 John 3:23, Eph 2:8-9, Rom 5:1, 10:9-13, John 1:12, Acts 16:31, Gal 3:22, 2 Tim 3:15 ↩︎
  24. Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Isaiah 45:21 ↩︎
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