WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF US
First, God requires your absolute perfection, a perfect obedience for your entire life. You really didn’t want to hear that, did you? But that is what God demands: sinless perfection. The problem is that we are all sinful and have all fallen short of His demands. That failure is called sin and it is no small thing. It demands the penalty of death. But there is “good news.”
The gospel (literally, “good news”) teaches us that God loves us so much that He planned another way by which we could approach Him. And that way we call “faith” – not intellectual assent, but repentant submissive trust. We trust that the Father sent His Son to live the life of perfect obedience He demands, and then to voluntarily give His own life to pay for the death we have deserved. That is why it is called “good news” – we do not get what we deserve; instead, we get what we don’t deserve: the reward for Jesus’ perfect obedience, earned not by us, but by our sinless substitute. The spotless lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.
So how do we approach God? Either by trying to present our own “perfection” or by trusting God to receive the gift of perfection provided in His gift of His own Son.