Like vomit and dung

Isa 64:6 - But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

This verse is familiar enough that it loses much of the shock contained in it. Our righteousness is filthy. Not the sin that we know to be sin, but the things we commend ourselves for doing well, are packed with filth, in God’s eyes. We have to learn to repent of our sins, yes, but also to repent of our virtues, of what we think we are doing well, and stop slapping ourselves on the back for it. We must be found in Christ, not our own righteousness, which we must count as trash.


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