Could Bill Gates buy his way into eternal life? Straw man, this may be, many think that God is that persuadable!
“4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.”
Riches aren’t any use in a just courtroom, and so they certainly won’t be before our LORD God.
The wealthiest man on earth (Bill Gates is a ‘close’ second), Carlos Slim from Mexico, won’t be able to bribe his way into Heaven. As a Maronite Christian (Catholic), he would probably know that. God owns the whole world, anyway, so why would He accept what is already His? No one else would!
No, the Creator of the world requires spiritual wealth. Righteousness is the key to life.
The thing is, God is only able to accept us if we are completely righteous. If we attempt to achieve the perfection required, we will fail time and time again. The punishment for our rebellion and failure to obey is death.
Jesus, however, has made the impossible possible for us. The righteous died for the unrighteous (1 Peter 3:18). Praise God for Jesus!
“5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.”
Live as you’ve been taught, and change as you are being changed. Righteousness guides us because we in Christ now know the correct way to live. Wickedness trips the unsaved because lies and evil thoughts and trickery are in rebellion of God’s way. God’s way guides to Himself, and any other path is full of pitfalls and leads to death. Who are the blameless? The one’s who are reliant on God’s promises. Let’s be honest here: Solomon was not blameless, and neither was David his father, based on their behaviour, but because of David’s reliance on God, he would be termed blameless on judgement day. It’s hard to say Solomon had that same reliance at the end of his life. Do you have it?
“6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.”
I can’t help going to Judgement Day when I think of righteousness and wickedness, but of course verses like this can be referring to life on earth now. While living a holy life does not guarantee full protection from bad things happening, it can help us to strive through such difficulties. The wicked life traps those who live it. They are in a pit, and every attempted step makes them sink even more.
On Judgement Day, all actions will be put on display and it is only those who receive the righteousness of Jesus (and then God sees us as righteous) will be called God’s heirs and welcomed in. Amen.
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If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.
Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.