Dear Donald Trump,
Yesterday, you made the mistake of putting money in the communion plate. While you pointed out you had mistakingly thought it was the offering bowl – this speaks hugely about your attitude towards God.
Do you realise that riches do not make you worthy of the cup and the bread of the Lord’s table? Only the blood and body of Jesus can make anyone worthy.
Confused? Let me elaborate.
Basic Christian Belief
The body and blood of Jesus were the sacrifice for our sins – paying our debt because we could not pay it ourselves. This is basic Christian teaching. Many people think they can get right with God by doing good works but the Bible teaches us that we must be justified before God by grace alone (unmerited favor) which is received through faith.
Jesus began his earthly ministry in Matthew’s Gospel with the word “Repent”, so it’s pretty important. Yet you said in an interview last year that you saw no need to repent and had not asked God for forgiveness. The Bible, which is God’s own Word, says “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), meaning “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). So you have sinned and disobeyed God and so have the same need of repentance as the rest of us.
To be a Christian is to be forgiven
In the Gospel of Luke 5:31-32 it is recorded: “And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus very clearly stated that he came to “call… sinners to repentance.” If someone were not a sinner and didn’t need forgiving, then Jesus didn’t come for them. But he did come for you, because you are a sinner.
Weight of Debt
The debt your sins have earned for you is so extreme you will pay with your life because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and this is why we all die. Death entered the world because our forefather sinned against God, and death has remained because of our ongoing rebellion.
How great is that debt? Well it’s so great it took Jesus to pay for it. If you could pay your way out of the debt with cattle, God would have sent us cattle to die for us. If all he required was cash, then he could have settled it like that, but he didn’t. He sent his Son. His Son, who is eternally righteous came and died for you, so that your debt could be paid for.
No money, cars, houses or “good deeds” could have ever paid our debt to reconcile us to God – only Jesus His own Son could pay that debt.
Why Jesus? Because he was the only One who was of infinite worth, who could enter human flesh to pay the debt. Only he was worthy. Not you. Every created thing didn’t have the value to pay the debt – only Jesus was sufficiently worthy.
Implications for you (and everyone else)
Imagine you try to purchase a new jet with five cents. You’d be turned away in an instant. Your offer would be an insult to those who made the jet. It’d be an embarrassment for you, too. To offer God money, “good works” or anything else you have for eternal life is a disgusting insult to the eternal value of eternal life. If only the eternal life of God’s Son could pay your debt and allow you eternal life as a free gift, then don’t think being a “good guy” will cut it. Your “good” works are an embarrassment. They aren’t valuable enough to ransom your soul.
Your riches and gold are of no value in heaven where they cannot go. There is no exchange rate to convert it over either. Only the eternally worthy blood of Jesus can pay for your (and our) hideous sins. Your gold will corrupt and your riches will rot.
The Good News is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins – and if you trust in His finished work on the cross, you can be redeemed.
Abandon your wealth. You cannot trust it to save you. Cling only to Jesus – He can save you.
“All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13)
1 February 2016