Originally posted by Penguin
What the hell does "God's requirement in righteousness" or "divine righteousness" or even just "righteousness" even mean? And how and why does a blood sacrifice satisfy it?
A condition for fellowship between man and God is that man not be a transgressor of the law of God.
When Adam was created he was in a neutral stage of innocence. He had no problems with God. There was no obstacle to fellowship. There was no barrier to communion between the two.
When Adam disobeyed the command of God not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he moved out of that neutral and innocent position to a position of a transgressor against God.
The requirement of not eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was negated and man became a sinner. But it was more serious than just man became guilty of an act of sin. Man became infested, polluted, with a parisitic evil nature of sinning. Man became the host of an evil parasitic sinning nature.
Before the tree of life was open to man's partaking. Now that man has transgressed and become infested with the sin nature, the way to the tree of life was barred.
The fallen mankind became "alienated from the life of God" (Eph. 4:18)
It was more serious than just being estranged from God. Man was alienated from partaking of God as life. That is the closest communion and intertwining of God and man. The neutral man is now guilty and alienated from the life of God.
The soul that sins must die. That is the requirement of God.
Adam now hides from God. The sweet fellowship has been spoiled. Now man fails to enter into God's eternal purpose to partake of the very life of God embodied in the tree of life. And man's conscience informs him that he is guilty of transgression. Adam runs off to hide.
The prophet Isaiah says "No, Jehovah's hand is not so short that it cannot save; Nor is His ear so heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have become a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear." (Isa. 59:1,2)
The barrier of fellowship with God is our sins.
The obstacle of communion with God is our iniquities.
Jesus deals with these barriers in His salvation.
The word picture accompanying the word "sin" in Hebrew is a target of an archer. It means to miss the mark. It is as if in all human life there is a target to hit in all of our moral behavior. Sin is to miss the mark.
If we hit the bullseye in our actions and speech and deeds there would be no sin. The requirement of the Governor of all creation would be met.
But now we continually fail to hit the bullseye. We miss the target in our deeds. We sin. The requirement to hit the target of God's moral standard for His creature man is missed.
What would it look like to ALWAYS hit the target? What would it look like to ALWAYS meet the requirement of moral perfection of God. What would it look like to have never sinned at all ?
We have to look to one Jesus Christ
. Every word, every action, even every thought, motive, intention, inclination, memory, day dream, ever atom of His behavior HIT the bullseye.
Jesus Christ is what God meant by Man. We are all abnormal. We are all fallen below the standard. We have all transgressed the requirement of God. We need a Savior. And we need a new life in Him.
The neutral man created by God was not created guilty or a transgressor. He moved from the stage of innocence to the stage of guiltiness. And we all were brought under a curse because of that.
But the SAME principle that worked against us God uses in Christ to work for us. Because of the one righteous act of the Son of God, in the same way, we can be justified from all sin.
Some people talk about "Original Sin". Yet they should also recognize something we might call "Original Righteousness".
Christ is the second man. Christ is the last Adam.
Where Adam brought all in him under a curse Christ brings all who will be transfered into Him through faith, into eternal redemption, justification, and eternal life.