Who then can be saved?
Jesus standards are extremely high. In fact they represent perfection!
Thus the constant temptation of religion is to lower Jesus’ requirements to accommodate our actual performance.
If we manage to avoid this fraud, we find ourselves stuck in the inconsistency between what Jesus says and what we actually do.
No wonder students who take the Teacher seriously are sometimes tempted to question their salvation? Based solely on the standards of Jesus we are in trouble. It’s hard to believe we can make it!
The Teacher even says it - With man this is impossible!
He sets the bar as high as heaven itself. Nobody can approach God on the basis of performance.
So, like these first students, we throw up our hands in futility - Who then can be saved?
I love Jesus’ answer - But with God all things are possible!
What we can’t do, God doesn’t require of us. Rather, He does for us!
Jesus accomplished perfection. Therefore, He was qualified to pay for the sins of others. When He died on the cross, He wasn’t paying for any sins of His own.
So what are students to do with the high standards the Teacher has revealed?
Honestly acknowledge them! For He promises wonderful rewards to those who struggle with them as they imperfectly follow Him!
In the struggle, we must rest in His grace.