Friday, June 22, 2012

Standing Before God

A beloved minister, who was noted for his Christ-like spirit, as well as his consecrated life, dreamed that he had died and suddenly appeared before the gates of Heaven, knocking for admission.

He gave his name, only to be told that his name did not appear upon the books. At last, after earnest pleading, he was bidden to enter and was told he would have the privilege of appearing before the judge...
of all the earth, and if he could stand his test he might abide in heaven forever.

Standing before the throne, he gave his name, and the following questions were put to him: "Have you led a righteous life?" And he said: "No." "Have you always been kind and forgiving to those who have been around you?" "Alas, no, I have miserably failed here." "Have you always been honest and just?" And he answered, "I fear not."

As question after question was put to him by the judge, his case seemed more and more hopeless. The last question was asked to him, and once again he had to answer in the negative. Just when he seemed to be in despair the brightness about the throne became brighter and suddenly he heard a voice, sweeter than a mother's voice. The speaker said: "My Father, I know this man. It is true he was weak in many ways, but he stood for me in the world, and I take his place before Thee."

Just as the last words of the sentence were spoken, the dream was over and the man awoke. But he had learned his lesson, and so we all. We have in ourselves no standing before God. It must be in Christ.

[Author Unknown]

Acts 4:12 ... Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 3:23-24 ... For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Hebrews 7:25 ... Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.