In my lifegroup we are studying Romans. What a wonderful time we are having getting greater revelation of God’s grace, learning more about why and how Jesus set us right with God. Every week we are reminded that it’s all about God. Not us. It’s all about Who He is, and what He says about us.
We are up to Chapter 4. Warren W. Wiersbe in his book, Be right – how to be right with God, yourself, and others, says the following about this section in Romans and our justification …
Paul’s theme in the second section of his letter was salvation – righteousness declared. He proved that all people are sinners; so his next goal was to explain how sinners can be saved. The theological term for this salvation is justification by faith. Justification is the act of God whereby He declares the believing sinner righteous in Christ on the basis of the finished work of Christ on the cross. Each part of this definition is important, so we must consider it carefully.
To begin with, justification is an act, not a process. There are no degrees of justification; each believer has the same standing before God. Also, justification is something God does, not man. No sinner can justify himself before God. Most important, justification does not mean that God makes us righteous, but that He declares us righteous. Justification is a legal matter. God puts the righteousness of Christ on our record in place of our own sinfulness. And nobody can change this record. Warren W. Wiersbe, Be right – how to be right with God, Page 45
God does it all
What truth. How many times to do need to hear this to get the revelation that it is all God’s doing, and nothing to do with us.
He declares us righteous …. And nobody can change this record.
Those words that God said about Abraham, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” apply to us too, as Romans Chapter 4:24, 25 tells us …
But [they were written] for our sakes too. [Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Who was betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and was raised to secure our justification (our aquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God]. Romans 4:24,25 AMPC
Jesus set us right with God
The Message Bible says it this way …
But it’s not just Abraham, it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God. Romans 4:24,25 The Message
When I read this scripture, two songs came to mind …
Clean by Hillsong United
Nothing but the blood by Hillsong
I don’t have much more to say today, other than that – that life-giving truth…
The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
And that is more than enough. Thank you Jesus.
Are you right with God?
If you want to be set right with God, and accept what Jesus did you for you, making a way for you to be right with God, then simply say this prayer from your heart, surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. Then seek out a local bible-believing church and connect with other followers of Jesus who can help you on your journey.
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that You became man and died on the cross for my sins. I believe that God raised You from the dead and made you the Saviour of the world. I confess that I am a sinner and I ask you to forgive me, and to cleanse me of all my sins. I accept your forgiveness, and I receive You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Please note, this prayer came from Gerald, K 1997, The Proving Ground – Nine tests that prove your personal potential, Insight Publishing Group, Tulsa, OK, 106.
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