Romans 4:25-Romans 5, Romans 5:1, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
In this difficult walk in Christ, sometimes we need to be reminded and be encouraged of the salvation made possible by the Father, accomplished by the Son, effected by the Holy Spirit and is now ours by faith.
A couple of years ago I witnessed to a young man who had a hard time receiving the forgiveness of God. Reflecting on his life style and his great sins, he could not understand how a just God would be kind to save him and render him righteous. I feel that way many times and the more I think about it, the more I thank God for His saving grace. We are not justified by keeping the law as many people believe, we are justified by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. Justified means, made as though one never sinned. What a kind God He is. Imagine of all the things we did, when we repented of our sins and put on the Lord Jesus Christ for our eternal salvation, our sinful accounts was wiped out clean and He credited to our accounts righteousness. This is what is called imputed righteousness. Imputed righteousness through justification is credited righteousness not by works, and by this we have peace with God.
Christ was delivered for our offenses that we may be the righteousness of God. God the Father delivered Jesus Christ to the cross of Calvary, not as an example, but to make atonement for our sins (2Corinthians 5:21). God the Father also raised Jesus Christ again for our justification. The meaning of the resurrection for us today is that Christ Jesus died on account of our sins, and was raised from the dead in order to render us righteous in the eyes of God. Faith imputes righteousness. There is not a thing anyone can do to become clothed with God’s righteousness except have faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior from sin.
The Swiss reformer Robert Haldane said, “And it is by Him (Jesus Christ) they enter into the state of grace, so by Him they stand in it, accepted before God; secured, according to His everlasting covenant, that they shall not be cast down. “…Christ in you, the hope of glory”, Colossians 1:27
It is the death of Christ which effects our salvation (justification); but it is the life of Christ which sustains it (sanctification). Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification to make continual intercession for us (Hebrew 7:25). The life of Jesus Christ did not take away the penalty of our sins, His death did. But Christ ever lives to take away the dominion of sin over us (sanctification). This is how we are continually kept saved by His intercessory life.
We thank God for His righteousness imputed in us through justification by faith in Jesus Christ. On judgment day, the righteousness of God through Christ is what will cause us to enter into heaven. There will be no sin on our account because our sin account was wiped clean by His blood, and righteousness was credited to our account. This should give us unspeakable joy full of His glory. The reason we should hang on tight even when life is hard and challenging. Blessings Ev