Pristine Grace

Who Would Dare Compete with Christ?
by Scott Price
Who Would Dare Compete with Christ?

"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth." Romans 10:3-4

    Who in their right mind would ever try to compete with the Lord Jesus Christ in anything? The problem is that no unregenerate man has been in their right mind since the sin of Adam. By nature, before the new birth, we do not know God and do not understand the things of the Spirit. We are ignorant of God's way, will, and His righteousness. Before the new birth we work against ourselves without even knowing it. It says in II Timothy 2:25-26 that we "oppose ourselves". Now who in their right mind would oppose themselves in the context of salvation? Maybe someone who is ignorant of God's ways?

    It says in Isaiah 45:20 says; "...they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save." Do you think if they had the knowledge that their god could not save they would still pray to it? The natural unregenerate mind is blind and ignorant. Without knowing it people are competing with Christ, in that they will not submit to His perfect obedience as He kept every jot and tittle of God's strict law. God is of too pure eyes to behold evil. Natural man's attempts at obedience are evil because they are done by a wrong motive and that man's obedience does not meet the standard of Christ, which is the only acceptable law keeping.

    God will only accept perfect holiness. For anyone to try to compete against Christ for a righteousness is wise in his own eyes, full of pride and leaning on the arm of the flesh. Christ will have preeminence not competition. He will have glory not rivalry. No flesh will glory in His sight. If it is righteousness you are after then it starts and ends in Christ since He is the end of the law for righteousness. Submission is required not competition.