The Real Gospel – Part 25
Abraham is our example on how to relate to God; we do not follow practices of those who were under the Law.
We do not keep the law to obtain righteousness before God, WE KNOW that WE HAVE BEEN MADE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST JESUS (2 Corinthians 5 vs 21).
Romans 10:5 says, “Moses writes this about THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT IS BY THE LAW: ‘The person who does these things WILL LIVE BY THEM.'”
This is different to the RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH which was given to Abraham in Genesis 15 vs 6:
“And Abram BELIEVED THE LORD, AND the Lord COUNTED HIM AS RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH.”
Abraham DIDN’T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAW to become righteous before God, HE SIMPLY HAD TO BELIEVE THE PROMISE OF GOD.
IN FACT, the law was only introduced many years after Abraham was given the promise and declared righteous (see Galatians 3 vs 17).
Galatians 3 vs 11 says, “But THAT NO ONE IS JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW IN THE SIGHT OF GOD IS EVIDENT, FOR ‘THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.’”
The righteousness by the law is based on one’s performance (Deuteronomy 30 vs 11-14). RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH IS BASED ON BELIEVING THE PROMISE OF God AND CONFESSING THAT IT SO (Romans 10 vs 6-11).
Deuteronomy 30 vs 11-14 and Romans 10 vs 6-11 GIVE A CLEAR CONTRAST BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS BY THE LAW AND THE RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH.
This applies to all the promises God gave us (Romans 8 vs 32); WE SIMPLY HAVE TO BELIEVE IN OUR HEARTS AND SAY, WITH OUR MOUTHS, IT IS SO (2 Corinthians 1 vs 20 & 2 Corinthians 4 vs 13).
Romans 3 vs 21-24 say:
“21 But now God has shown us a way TO BE MADE RIGHT WITH HIM WITHOUT KEEPING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.
“22 WE ARE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY PLACING OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
“23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
“24 YET GOD, in his grace, FREELY MAKES US RIGHT IN HIS SIGHT. He did this through Christ Jesus when HE FREED US from the penalty for our sins.”
HALLELUJAH…! It’s time we believe that GOD HAS FREELY MADE US RIGHT IN HIS SIGHT! We need to stop focusing on our sins, and focus on our righteousness in Christ (2 Corinthians 5 vs 21). This is the only way we will see lasting change in our lives (Romans 12 vs 2 & 2 Corinthians 3 vs 18).
Romans 2 vs 4 says, “Don’t you see how wonderfully KIND, TOLERANT, and PATIENT God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that HIS KINDNESS IS INTENDED TO TURN YOU FROM YOUR SIN?”
LOVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO; IT MADE US RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD.
Ephesians 1 vs 4-6 AMPC:
“4 Even as [IN HIS LOVE] He chose us [actually picked us out FOR HIMSELF as His own] IN CHRIST BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless IN HIS SIGHT, EVEN ABOVE REPROACH, BEFORE HIM IN LOVE.
“5 For He foreordained us (destined us, planned IN LOVE FOR US) to be adopted (REVEALED) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because IT PLEASED HIM and was His kind intent]–
“6 [So that we might be] TO THE PRAISE AND THE COMMENDATION OF HIS GLORIOUS GRACE (favor and mercy), which HE SO FREELY BESTOWED ON US IN THE BELOVED.”
So, let’s REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!
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