“This is how it is for the believer when the gospel of righteousness takes root in their heart. The first reaction is one of sweet relief. “Really? Jesus did it all? I don’t have to work to impress him? I can stop studying for the exam? Oh happy day!” Many are dreading the final exam. The good news is there is no exam. Jesus already took it on your behalf, and guess what? He passed. School’s out forever!”1
I had spent so much of my Christian life trying to do more for God, to prove how much I loved Him, because that’s what I thought Christians were supposed to do. No matter what or how much I did, I knew it was never enough. I was always frustrated and felt guilty.
I have become one of the believers described above. One who realized I had been trying to do for God what I never could, and that Jesus had already achieved it all at the cross for me. His blood not only paid for my sins, but for my self-efforts, too. Every righteous requirement of God’s law He fulfilled.
To put this good news into the language of the quote: Jesus not only passed the final exam, but He gave me His grade! In Him I am now completely righteous. I graduated simply by receiving Christ and the work He finished for me so long ago, and His righteousness is my diploma.
Jesus is enough – already and forever!
1 Paul Ellis, The Gospel in Ten Words (KingsPress, 2012 version 1.0), Kindle edition, chapter titled Righteousness