Something to think through carefully. . .  

To those reading this who do not trust Christ as Lord, I 
urge you to consider these truths with an open heart:

1. You cannot please God through your own efforts or your own intelligence:

    "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (Rom. 8:7-8).
 
2. If you continue in sin and unbelief, there is nothing in your ultimate future but God's wrath:  "There is none righteous, no, not one . . . . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:10, 23). 
    "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
[Jesus said,] "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. " (Luke 13:3, 5). 

3. Nevertheless, God offers salvation freely to all who turn to Christ in faith: 
 

    "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." (Rev. 21:6). 

    "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Rev. 22:17). 

    "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David." (Isa. 55:1-3).

 
4. Salvation is possible only because Christ's perfect righteousness is imputed to all who believe. This righteousness cannot be earned by any religious works or meritorious efforts. It can be ours only because God graciously imputes it to us by faith: 
 
    "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (Rom. 4:5-8). 

    "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Rom. 3:24).

 
5. Only this imputed righteousness of Christ is good enough to make us acceptable to God. Even the apostle Paul said he did not want to stand before God with a righteousness of his own. This great apostle knew that despite his own faithfulness, despite all the accumulation of good works in his life, the only hope he had for being justified before God was a perfect righteousness imputed to him from a source outside himself. He found that justifying righteousness in the perfect righteousness of Christ, which is imputed by faith to believers. Therefore, he said his great, driving desire was 
 
     "And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." (Phil. 3:9).
 
My prayer for you is that you will trust Christ alone for the righteousness that can make you acceptable to God. Don't make this mistake of those who, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Rom. 10:3). 

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