Summary: And even today many people are trying to live good clean lives, righteous lives, thinking that if there is a God He’ll see their goodness and let them go to heaven, maybe He’ll see that their good out weighs their bad.
JOB 25:1-6 HOW CAN MAN BE JUSTIFIED WITH GOD? 3-5-11
Today I want to talk just for a few minutes on the subject of “How can man be justified with God?”
In “JOB” the oldest book of the Bible we find people even then were talking about this subject.
In previous chapters Job had been telling his so called 3 friends that he had not done any thing to be punished as he was, they thought surely Job had committed some great sin and God was dealing with him about it, we all know the story that God was allowing Satan to test Job, he could destroy ever thing that Job had but he was not allowed to take Job’s life, and what a time Job had, all 10 of his children were killed, all his livestock, and then he was one big mass of boils from his head to his feet, even his wife told Job to “curse God and die”, and yet Job remained a firm believer in God, and at the end of the book God gave him twice as much as he had. I just wonder how many of us could endure what brother Job endured.
But Job was not saying that he was without sin as all men are sinners, Job never claimed that he was without sin; he claimed only that his current suffering was not brought on him because of sin.
And here in our text we find Bildad, one of his friends responding.
Job 25: 1-6
1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2Dominion and fear are with HIM, he maketh peace in his high places. 3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? 4How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 5Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. 6How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
Bildad was making a statement about people’s moral standing before God as being worms, not the worth of man as a creature.
But we find in Ps. 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Bildad was making a statement that was not yet penned down in a Bible; there was no Bible as of yet.
Genesis 8:21 –God said-- for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth;---
And even today many people are trying to live good clean lives, righteous lives, thinking that if there is a God He’ll see their goodness and let them go to heaven, maybe He’ll see that their good out weighs their bad.
Is. 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Rom. 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
+23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;--
So the Book of God makes it clear, that if mankind is left in his sinful condition, we’re all unworthy to stand before THE HOLY GOD.
And yet God so loved us that despite our rebellion and hostile ways, He sent Jesus to rescue us from sin and retrieve our humanity from corruption.
Rom. 5:8-11 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the at-one-ment. At one with God. ***Rom. 5:11 only place in N.T.
If we’ll turn to Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin, we then become children of God and fellow-heirs of Christ’s glory.
ROM.8:14–17 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.( “Abba,” the Aramaic word of endearment for “Father.”)
16The Spirit Him self beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.