“If the righteous be scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and sinners stand?”
Yes, the righteous are scarcely saved, but they are filled with the fullness of God. Too often, Believers place the emphasis on scarcely, convinced that they are so innately repugnant to the LORD, He cannot bear to touch them. They imagine the reason Jesus came to earth is to do what the Father can barely stand the thought of doing—interact with the wicked hearts of men.
The Father, we hear, cannot look upon sin. When He looks at believers, He sees only Jesus, covering up the hideous faces of mankind. Jesus is considered a beautiful mask we put on, the robe of righteousness, to hide our malignant faces and deformed bodies from the sight of a Holy and squeamish Yahweh.
Jesus, unlike His brethren, is easy on the eyes. To find me, God must select from a billion people all dressed up like Jesus. He is constantly playing the ultimate game of “Where’s Waldo?” In short, believers can be glad the Father has Jesus Tongs with which to touch us, or else we would be lost for all eternity.
The Truth, however, is far different and much more wonderful.
“8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.” Ezekiel16:8
The Father is in love with His people. When He says He chose Abraham, He uses the same word as when Adam “knew” Eve. His love is deeply intimate, powerful and He jealously desires the love of His people. He wants to be one with His bride. He carves our names into the palms of His hands, He thinks about us more times in a day than there is time to count.
The intimacy of sexuality is the imagery He uses to describe His relationship with us throughout the scriptures. The Song of Solomon describes a love that bursts with spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy. We are to love Him with our whole heart. David declared, “ My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the Living God.”
We have been betrothed to the Father. In order to become one with us, the Word became flesh, and refashioned our hearts through hope. He has entered into our new hearts in the form of His Spirit, and we have entered into a joy filled marriage with the creator of our souls.
The Father loves His people—we are His righteousness and His glory. We are His ambassadors and we are the Believers who will judge angels. Yahweh has set his gaze upon us, and He will wipe the tears from our eyes by His own hands. He is the one “which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled.” He is the Word of Life.
So, who are these humans whom God has married? They are us—fully human, created in His image, the righteousness of God. We are those who land on our feet, for whom all things work together for good. We are the people of God, the children of the Most High. Our Messiah is the Living God, made fully human, so the One who holds the universe in the palm of His hand can hold His beloved against His breast. We are as saved as a man can be.
What does it mean, then, to be scarcely saved? It does not mean we were barely worth saving, that we are essentially no different than the ungodly and the sinner. It means it took all Yahweh had to bring us from ashes and death to beauty and life. He has nothing left to give.
When you hear “the righteous are scarcely saved,” think about what it means to be saved. Like a crowded elevator, crammed to overflowing with passengers, there is scarcely enough room to squeeze on board. The elevator is full. without even a square inch to spare for the ungodly and the sinner.
As the doors close, those left behind will receive what they desired from the beginning: a Godless eternity. Yahweh has neither chosen nor called them to His marriage bed. He does not know them. Their’s is the place of darkness and death. Ours never was.