August 2, 2012


Jesus came to earth on a mission.  He completed His task to God's glory and our great benefit.  From Romans 3:

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

 If you are "in Christ" (meaning you have placed your faith alone in Him for salvation and call Him your Lord), you have been declared righteous before God.

Did you blow it yesterday?    Were you proud, envious, angry, impatient, immoral?

Yeah, you probably were.  I was too.  We need to confess our sins and be cleansed.  But in the midst of all of that ugly, Scripture reminds us that once we are in Christ, we are righteous before God.  And glory of glories, it is a righteousness that the Offended Himself has offered to us!

These things are too wonderful for me.

I want to grovel - do something to earn it - you know?

The Lord wants me to come and place my faith in Christ, morning by morning to see His mercies anew!  You're invited to come, too, dear Christian.

26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:31
Christ is our righteousness.
We can boast in no one but Him.

Would you share a comment, boasting a bit in the Lord?
I'll get us started.

1 comment:

  1. The more I read the Bible and the longer I'm on this journey with God, the more despicable I learn that I am; I see the bottomlessness of my pride, arrogance, and selfishness. Yet the Lord died on a cross for all of this sin (mine and everyone else's): past, present, and future! Only the Lord can save in this way! Praise God!!!! And on the other side, I'm humbled by how He calls us sinners (even me) to partner with Him in sharing Light with the world. What a privilege; what mercy! What a God we serve!!