As we reflect on 2020, we can muse on the fact that, during this world-wide pandemic, we have seen some of the best of human reactions and behaviour and, sadly, some of the worst. Some things have saddened [or infuriated] us; others have caused us to gasp with wonder or applaud with appreciation. What motivates us? It has very little to do with race, colour, fortune, or education. In fact, in Yahweh’s eyes these are insignificant, for He sees only two divisions in the human race, two classes of person: the righteous and the wicked. Through His prophet, Yahweh said, “Tell the righteous that it will go well for them…Woe to the wicked---it will go badly for them” [Isaiah 3:10 -11].
“Into these two orders the Scriptures are accustomed to divide the whole population of the globe,” writes Charles Spurgeon. “…from its first page to its last, it is taken up with this grand division: the righteous and the wicked.” When we consider the immense variety of people who live in this world, it may seem simplistic to divide it into two. The reality is that we bring nothing with us when we arrive, and we can take nothing with us when we leave [Ecclesiastes 5:15]. Yet we have built up an entire system of order and rank [civil, political, religious, and national], dividing our world into warring and competing divisions. We can become so immersed in the tangle of human affairs and emotions we lose sight of the most important factor of all: what have we done with Yahshua?
Humanity was sold into wickedness in the Garden of Eden, and we are born into that side of the real divide. By His death on Calvary, Yahshua paid the ransom required to redeem us from wickedness. When we come to Him in repentance and receive forgiveness, astonishingly we become part of ‘the righteous’. It is the gift of Yahweh, through the power of the blood of His Son. No matter who we are, we receive an identical gift of righteousness, Yahshua’s righteousness.