Last week I spoke about the fact that we are righteous, not because of our good deeds, but because of our faith in Christ (Romans 4:3, 22). Today we are going to be reminded that we are also blessed through our righteousness (Romans 4:6). This blessing is the forgiveness for our sins and the fact that they are even covered over by the blood of Christ. Furthermore, these sins will never be counted against us (Romans 4:7-8). The Lord will never count our sin against us because the blood of Christ has cleansed us from the repercussions of our sin and has cleansed us from the guilt of our consciences. (Hebrews 9:14) In every aspect of life we will be blessed because of this righteousness that God freely gives to those who are found in Him. The righteous are as bold as a lion, they roar, they seize their prey, they are not pursued rather they pursue; they run from no-one because all hell runs from them, the righteous are as bold as a lion! (Proverbs 28:1)
In saying this, there is little point in God counting us as righteous if we don’t count ourselves righteous through our faith in Christ. There is little point in God justifying us apart from works if we refuse to believe ourselves justified apart from works. So how do I count myself as righteous before the God of creation? To start, we draw a debit and credit column; add up all our debit column, then in the credit column we just simply write the word Jesus! Then in the total we write “all debt paid in full through Christ”.
As Dr Ken Chant (Vision Christian College) says, “Who am I? What do I deserve from God?” The answer is: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ apart from any works of mine and I deserve everything from God!” This is the righteousness as bold as a lion, one that can approach the throne of grace; one that gives us authority and power over the devil, this is the boldness that allows us to say “I am the righteousness of God in Christ”
Have a ‘God’ day,
Pastor David Holt (MTh)