by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
How Can Man Be Justified with God? (16 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
Job 25:4
Romans 5:1

The Bible asks some questions which are hard to
answer, and which, were it not for the Bible itself,
would never have been answered. The question asked
here by Bildad of his friend Job is fundamental. The
Bible has a way of sweeping aside the nonessential and
getting at once to the root of the matter. Most men
who have thought at all about the life and destiny of
man have agreed that man's chief end and happiness
consists in enjoying the presence and the blessing of
God. Most agree too that something has happened which
interferes with that natural fellowship and communion
with God. There need be no quarrel about the how and
why. We look now at facts: man is unjust, God is just;
man is unrighteous, God is righteous. It would be
absurd to speak of getting by this difficulty by a
change in the nature and person of God. The very name
of God carries with it the idea of unchangeableness.
With Him there is no shadow of turning. Whatever
change there is to be must be wrought in man. The
unjust must be made just, and the unrighteous must be
made righteous. Thus we come back to the question of
the text: "How can man be justified with God?" To put
the matter in a way that shall not savor of textbooks
or outworn terms, let us suppose that a man dies and
goes to heaven, which means simply to a full enjoyment
of the presence of God. How did he go to heaven? Why
was he admitted to be with God? In answering this we
shall answer the other question: "How can a man be
justified with God?" Here are some of the answers:

By Natural Right and Inheritance

A man goes to heaven for the simple reason that he is
a man and inherits all the possibilities of the human
life. The heavenly life is the last stage in the
development of man, and man passes into heaven by the
same right that h ...

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