COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS

Scripture Reading:  Romans 4:20-25

“But the words ‘it was counted to him’ were not written for his (Abraham) sake alone, but for ours also.  It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus Christ our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”  (Romans 4:23-25)

Faith was not only imputed to Abraham for righteousness, but it is also imputed to all who believe.  This is the good news of the gospel.  Not only was Abraham justified by faith, but all who believe after the pattern of Abraham will also be justified by faith.

The phrase “counted to him” refers to the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to those who believe in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation.  This means that Christ’s perfect record (His sinless record) is credited to our account so that we are seen by God the Father in the same way His Son Jesus is seen by Him.  Justification does not just mean the forgiveness of sins; it also means that God views us as “holy, blameless and beyond reproach” (Colossians 1:22).

But the object of our faith must be in Him who made our salvation possible — “to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus Christ our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”  Jesus Christ is the only valid atoning sacrifice for our sins.  He alone can save us.  His resurrection from the dead proved that we are justified by His work.

Do you understand what this means?  Because we are justified by faith, we are loved and accepted by God.  Nothing can ever change our position with Him.  God views us in the very same way that He views His Son Jesus — perfect and holy.  Whenever you get down on yourself say, “but I am a justified sinner!”  Yes, we are loved and accepted by our heavenly Father who adores us.  We are precious in His sight — “You are precious in My eyes and honored, and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4).

Lord Jesus, You alone made it possible for me to be made sinless in the sight of Your Father.  I know that I am loved and accepted by Him because of what You did for me.

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