The Good Test

Let’s first define what it means to be “good”.  Without a fixed standard, it’s meaningless.

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, He’s the ultimate Judge1, not us.

However, God is not like us. He is perfect, so His standard is perfection. To be good, is to be without sin. Sin is when we disobey God’s commands2. The truth is, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God3.

God is moral, which means He hates evil and loves good4. He handed down a moral standard, the 10 Commandments5, to show what is right and wrong. 

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.
(Including a god in your mind to suit yourself?)

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 murder6)

You shall not commit adultery.
(This includes lust7 and fornication8)

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 really strict, but remember God is perfect. If we’ve broken any of these commandments, we fail the test. This means we’ve sinned and deserve God’s justice. His punishment is a place called Hell9

The bible teaches that “the wages of sin is death”10. In other words, the reason there is death in the world, and the reason we will all die one day, is because of sin. The payment owed for our sin is death, both physical and eternal death11

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 just because they do nice things once in a while. After all, the payment God requires for our sin is death, not good deeds12.

Some believe if they stop sinning or repent, God will overlook their past sins. But again no good judge would release a criminal just because they were sorry and promised not to do it again. Of course they should be sorry and shouldn’t do it again, but justice must be served. Remember, we’re judged for the wrong we do, not the right.

How can you 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 and allow you to escape the penalty of death? 

Jesus was born of a virgin13, He lived a perfect and sinless life14. 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 people15.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:8

If the wages of sin is death and Jesus had never sinned, why did He die? Because He was dying on behalf of sinners like us16.

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 fully God and fully Man17, He could taste death for everyone18

“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 forgive19 you and grant you everlasting life20, not because you’re good, but because He is so good.

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” – Psalms 103:8

To access this forgiveness, God commands you to Repent21 and Trust22 in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Don’t trust in yourself or your own efforts, instead turn to God and trust only23 in Jesus and His death on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. 

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

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

[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

Read the Bible to learn about God.

FOOTNOTES:

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