Friday, October 12, 2012

God Is Our Righteousness-1

Every month on the 9th, U.S. Department of Transportation deposits benefit payments directly onto TRANServe Debit Card that I hold as a Federal employee and I can use the card to purchase my monthly pass for riding a commuter bus.

I am simply comparing this to the theological/biblical belief - “Imputation of God’s Righteousness” onto the sinner to make him “righteous” before the Most Holy God.”

How it could be possible for us?

It’s all because of Christ’s vicarious Sufferings and Death on our behalf.


1 Peter 3:18 explains;

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

Man does not accept this simple truth and rejects God’s way to be righteous and relies on “self-righteousness” of his own.

We read in, Romans 10:3;

“For they don't understand God's way of making people right with Himself. Refusing to accept God's way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.

Genesis 15:4-6 tells us what Abram(Abraham) believed: The Word of God, he believed.

Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.

In Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, it has been aptly said;

And Abraham believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness - This I conceive to be one of the most important passages in the whole Old Testament. It properly contains and specifies that doctrine of justification by faith which engrosses so considerable a share of the epistles of St. Paul, and at the foundation of which is the Atonement made by the Son of God.

And he (Abram) believed האמן heemin, he put faith) in Jehovah, ויחשבה לו vaiyachshebeita lo, and he counted it - the faith he put in Jehovah, to Him for righteousness, צדקה tsedakah, or justification; though there was no act in the case but that of the mind and heart, no work of any kind.

Hence the doctrine of justification by faith, without any merit of works; for in this case there could be none - no works of Abram which could merit the salvation of the whole human race. It was the promise of God which he credited, and in the blessedness of which he became a partaker through faith.

Christ Jesus, You imputed God’s Righteousness to us so we can be called the “righteous one” in His sight even though we still live in the sinfulness of heart. Let us be transformed into Your Likeness and Holiness by Renewing Work of the Holy Spirit.

We are confident of this, that God the Father Who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6) Amen.

Our Father in Heaven, we do believe Your Word of promise in John 3:16;

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

We believe that we became righteous before the Most Holy God because of Your Son Jesus Christ Who died for the sinners like us and rose again for our righteousness. We know we could only believe this with the help of God the Holy Spirit.

Thanks You Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

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