You know, I've always wondered why Jesus said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven. But last night I feel I got a revelation from God's Spirit that I had never heard from a man before, but had always had a sneaking suspicion of it.
It occurred to me that the Old Covenant was a Covenant based on merit. You do good, you get good. You do evil, you get evil. Apparently rich people were regarded as being very holy and devout, because they were blessed with wealth.
But, "The Law and the Prophets WERE UNTIL John. "Since then the Good News of the kingdom of God is preached and everyone forces his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void."
If you're putting your hope in your keeping of the Law, you had better keep it perfectly. The Law shows no mercy. It is exacting and precise. Not one dot of it will pass away. There is no grading on a curve. There is no second chances with the Law of God. God is Holy and God is just and He has dealt with sin once and for all, satisfying His holiness and justice. Who are you to say the message of God's Grace says God is "soft on sin?" It doesn't seem to me that God's justice was at all soft on Jesus at Calvary. I say that reverently. Have you completely forgotten what our Lord Jesus did? Or are you unwilling to humble yourself and receive His abundant Grace and free gift of Righteousness?
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."