Tag: declared righteous
Scripture reading for June 18th: Romans 4, Psalm 121, Proverbs 28
Key Scriptures: Romans 4:19-22 “He (Abraham) did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
Paul used Abraham as an example of saving faith that was based on the Word of God. Abraham could have wavered as he looked at his own body and Sarah, his wife’s body. They were old enough to be beyond natural child-bearing age and beyond normal sexual functioning. But Abraham grew strong in his faith when he gave glory to God for His amazing ability to do all things and bring His own Word to pass. Abraham was “fully convinced” of God’s ability and declared righteous by God.
Faith confession: Lord, I am fully convinced that You are able to do everything You have promised and accept Your gift of righteousness! Thank You for Abraham’s example of ‘fully convinced’ faith and trust in You. Help me to grow in my faith.
Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
Scripture reading for June 17th: Romans 3, Psalm 120, Proverbs 27
Key Scriptures: Romans 3:21-25 “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood to be received by faith.”
The Law and the Prophets bore witness to the righteousness of God through faith in Messiah Jesus, stating that the just shall live by their faith. But now Jesus Christ has purchased our salvation by offering His own blood to cover or pay for our sins. Those who trust in Jesus and His blood by faith receive justification as a gift. They are made ‘just as if’ they had never sinned and declared ‘righteous’ before God, even though all have sinned. What amazing grace!
Faith confession: I am righteous before God through Jesus’ blood. I am justified by faith as a gift from God and I live by faith in Christ Jesus the Lord! Thank You Jesus for Your precious gift!
Psalm 120:1 “In my distress, I called to the Lord, and He answered me.”
Scripture reading for July 18th: Romans 4:14-5:2
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)
Paul’s great desire was to show his readers that it was by faith that God has justified men and women from Abraham’s time until the present. Abraham was justified before the law was given. Abraham simply believed God for a resurrection of his own dead body and for the dead womb of his wife and received the ability to have the promised son. Abraham’s and Sarah’s faith was in God’s ability to fulfill what He had promised them! (Romans 4:21) The result was the birth of Isaac at an age when they were beyond the ability to have children! God’s power resurrected their bodies and their faith was credited to them as righteousness.
In the same way, God is still crediting righteousness to those who believe. “The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him (Abraham) alone, but for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:23-25) It was never by works or religious activities that anyone was justified.
What does it mean to be ‘justified’? This word means to be made righteous after being guilty of sin. That is impossible for any man because all men are sinners. Sin twists the soul and brings death to our relationship with God. As it is impossible for a dead man to raise himself back to life, so it is impossible for a twisted sinner to restore a relationship with God on his own. If man could do it through some religion or good works, he could boast of special ability. (Romans 4:1-2)
But God took the initiative by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to come as a man and live a sinless life. He then willingly offered His sinless life in our place, paying the price for our sins. By faith alone, we can be justified before God! By our faith in Christ’s sacrifice, sin’s sentence of death is removed through God’s gracious gift to us! Praise the Lord!