Does God grade our life “on a curve” like some teachers do in order to give their students a higher score? The short answer is—not if He is Who He says He is. God said: “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) God is innately holy, and His righteous standards are a reflection of His holy nature; thus, His purity sets the standard for His interaction with us. While our human standards of righteousness are in conformity to the moral codes of prevailing cultural ideas; God’s standard for righteousness is not in conformity to any external moral standard—it comes from within His holy, uncreated self. Unholiness violates God’s nature.
Do humans violate God’s holy presence?
The Bible says NONE of us are holy: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Anyone who has committed even one sin is unable to attain God’s holiness. Our sin makes us spiritually dead—and a dead person can’t bring themselves back to life.
Where does this leave us?
God had a plan for our helpless state—Jesus! The Bible says: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus died so we might live!
We do ourselves a tragic disservice if we don’t acknowledge that God’s nature is absolute perfection and our nature is absolute depravity, and —the two can never be reconciled without absolute grace. It would be inconsistent with God’s nature for Him to grade on a curve and lower the consequences of sin, just like it would be inconsistent with the law of gravity to alter the consequences of jumping off a tall building. If we believe in the laws of science, we should surely also believe in the spiritual laws of God—He created science!
For years I believed that my goodness and my obedience to God’s commandments were enough to give me a relationship with Him. I believed God’s standards of righteousness were like men’s and that He would lower His standard for me! God doesn’t lower His standard of righteousness; however, through Jesus, He brings us up to His standard. Our eternal destiny is not graded on a curve—it’s pass or fail. Without Jesus, we don’t even get on the grading scale. By grace, we may claim “the righteousness of God” and have a relationship with Him for eternity.
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