If I ask if you would be willing to take a drink of the finest spring water - the purest water that could be obtained by any chemical standards of analysis - you might answer that you would certainly be willing to drink such water. Then suppose I tell you that I have not said a word about the glass into which the water is to be poured. That should give you pause, for the glass in which that pure spring water is conveyed to you has just been emptied of diphtheria culture from a medical laboratory, and multitudes of deadly germs are spread through the water. Now will you take a drink? You refuse, of course.
It is even so with God. You may argue or boast about the works which you have produced; you may even think that by your standards of analysis your works should be acceptable to God. But the Word of God comes bluntly to tell you that your good works arc contained in a glass of your sinful Adamic heart, and that they have infected every part of your being so that they are an offense to God because they have touched you.
- Is there any good thing that humanity can do to make right with God?
- If sin infects every part of my being can I do any good?