As Good As Jesus?

As Good As Jesus? Bible Question.

Question:

“I have a strong disagreement with the statement that we “will all be as good as Jesus on the day we enter heaven”. There is no way in the world (or eternity) that any finite person will be as good as the infinite Jesus. Surely there are degrees of righteousness, but none shall have the same degree as the Lord Jesus.”

Answer:

The apostle Paul tells us of Jesus’ righteousness and our sin in 2 Corinthians 5:21 . . .

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (New American Standard Bible)

There is no way a sinless person can be held accountable for sin. Yet Jesus took our sin. In the process of taking our sin, we are no longer liable, accountable or responsible for the evil we have done. We stand sinless before God. If we are sinless, we are as righteous as the One who lived a sinless life.

Are there degrees of righteousness? I suppose you mean some people do more than others. Or that some are better able to avoid sin than others. Certainly, from a human perspective, it looks as if some are more righteous than others. But the fact is, all of our human effort is unimpressive to God. . .

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

– Isaiah 64:6

God tells us that when we have offered all of our righteous deeds, we still look pretty ugly to Him. In fact, when we do all we are supposed to do we have not impressed God . . .

So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.” – Luke 17:10

I think the misunderstanding comes from thinking that the righteous things we do somehow make us righteous before God. They do not. What makes us righteous before God is the blood of Jesus. Jesus became sin on our behalf. We become the righteousness of God. We are given this righteousness, we do not earn it. The gift of this righteousness is complete. We are given the righteousness of Jesus, meaning we will enter heaven as “good” as He is – perfect, without sin and right with God.

Astonishingly, absolutely, and extraordinarily unbelievable – utterly unthinkable I know – but true.

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