Listen to what the Scriptures say: Because Abraham believed God’s words, his faith transferred God’s righteousness into his account. When people work, they earn wages. It can’t be considered a free gift, because they earned it. But no one earns God’s righteousness. It can only be transferred when we no longer rely on our own works, but believe in the one who powerfully declares the ungodly to be righteous in his eyes. It is faith that transfers God’s righteousness into your account! Romans 4:3-5 TPT
That word righteous means morally right, virtuous, upright, genuine or wonderful. No matter how hard I try, I can’t measure up to that definition. Oh I can try, but I fail miserably every time. But according to this passage, it’s believing in God’s words that makes me righteous.
As I went for my walk this morning, I began to think about the verse found in 2nd Corinthians 5:21; For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.
This simply means that because I’ve accepted the fact that Jesus Christ was the son of God, and received the one time pardon for every sin I had or would ever commit, I gained access to Gods righteousness. So regardless of what I look like to myself, to Him, I will always look right. I’ll always be virtuous, genuine and wonderful.
Perhaps you’ll understand it better if I put it in these terms. When I married Walt, I not only got his name, but I got access to his bank account. I benefitted from his insurance policy he had from his employer because I was his spouse.
When I became married to Jesus, all He had access to became mine. I stand before God with the same benefits as Jesus has. I can talk with Him anytime I want. Not only that, but He sent His Holy Spirit to live in me so that I could understand what my benefits are and how to access them. Not a bad package, right?
But my friend, I didn’t just marry Walt for his money or benefits. I married him because I love him and because he loves God. It didn’t give us a perfect marriage, We’re still human and only one of us is perfect (haha), but the more we understand who we are and what we have access to, it makes us a formidable union in the Kingdom of God. I’ll take that any day of the week!
Father, thank You for sending Jesus so that I could come to You. That day I asked for Your forgiveness and You gave it, was the most amazing day. But when You gave me Your Holy Spirit to live in me, it gave me so much knowledge of You and Your love for the world, how could I ever say no to You? I say yes, I will love. Yes I will tell others about You. Even if they laugh, even if they say no, I’ll still let them know. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.