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Classic Tuesday – The Joy of Being Forgiven: Righteousness/Justification

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Righteousness

It is in the white robe of Jesus’ righteousness that each of us must be clothed.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. For he hath made him to be  sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself  with her jewels.

Romans 5:212 Corinthians 5:211 Peter 2:24Philippians 3:9Isaiah 61:10

There is a story in the Bible that tells us about a great wedding feast. Everyone at the feast needed to be clothed in the proper wedding garment. A man was at the feast without the proper garment on and when he was discovered, he was sent away from the celebration.

The story reminds us of the importance of being clothed with the right garment—the white robe of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. All our righteousness is like wearing filthy garments in God’s sight.

No one will be saved by his or her good works. No one is righteous. We please God, not by trying to be better, but by receiving the righteousness which is ours by faith in His righteous Son. We can never scrub out the stains in our soiled garments by becoming more religious; we can never swap our tattered garments for new ones by making resolutions, or by trying to start over; we can never improve our garment’s condition by joining others whose garments seem to be whiter than ours.

It is His purity that washes us… His goodness that clothes us… His glory that covers us. We are made and declared righteousness by the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.

Lord, it is only by faith that I can begin to comprehend how You could take someone as sinful as I and declare me righteous. Your mercy overwhelms me, Your grace is beyond anything I have ever known. Thank You that You have clothed me with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and that You have freed me from the bondage of trying to earn my way to You.

Justification

The blood of Jesus signifies the washing away of our sin and our justification before God.

Who being the brightness of his  glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; In whom we have redemption through his blood, even  the forgiveness of sins: Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Hebrews 1:3Revelation 5:9Titus 3:5Colossians 1:14Romans 5:9

One of the most amazing things that the shed blood of Jesus Christ has accomplished is our justification before God—God receiving us just as though we had never sinned. Because of Christ’s shed blood God can look at our lives no matter how dark, how sinful, or how unclean they may have been, and declare us guilt free!

In justification our debts are not only canceled, they are wiped clean; our sins are not only forgiven, they are remembered against us no more. Justification is a legal term. If we are brought before a judge to be tried for a crime and proven innocent, we have been justified. If we are proven guilty we cannot be justified, and we must pay the price for our crime. The only way we could ever be declared justified once we’ve been proven guilty is to have someone meet the full demands of the law by taking our punishment for us.

Christ’s blood justifies us, not because we are innocent, but because He has taken our judgment. He is the spotless lamb offered up for the transgressor—the obedient Son taking the place of the rebellious child—the caring Creator yielding His life for His fallen creation.

Lord, I praise You that I can stand before You guilt free. What a great salvation! You didn’t just pity me, You came to take every judgement I deserved; You haven’t just forgiven my past, You regard it as though it had never happened. You are my wonderful Savior and I am so grateful!

This post is a part of a series called The Joy of Being Forgiven. These posts originally appeared on Meet Me in the Meadow here and here. 

There are three main reasons for this series:

    1. To help those who are burdened by sin to enter into the joy of being forgiven.
    2. To remind those who have been forgiven to live each day in thankfulness for the gift of His forgiveness and the joy it has brought your heart.
    3. To provide for those who know the joy of being forgiven, a way for them to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others.

Click the links below to read previous posts in this series..

Loved with Everlasting Love/Darkness
Guilt
Repentance
Grace
Change
Strength

Holiness/Redemption

Please feel free to print out these postings or share them online as the Lord may lead you.
- Marina

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