WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH, 2017 READ – Day: Gal 4; Night: Num 23-25
THEME: FAITH BRINGS JUSTIFICATION
TEXT: ROMANS 3:19-24, 4:1-8
HYMN: EMHB 363 – Spirit of faith, come down,
Paul in his letter to the Romans gave an illustration that God’s remedy for man’s problem is in the crucified Jesus Christ and one has to believe in Him. What then is the meaning of justification? To be justified means, “to declare a person right” or “to make him right”. We are declared to be right by our faith in Jesus Christ. It means that a sinner who is guilty before God, who is under condemnation, and judgment, is set free from the bondage of sin. Just as it is in the competent Law court where a Judge declares a person standing trial as being “discharged and acquitted”, so it is for one who is justified.
A Christian is righteous in the righteousness of Christ. The righteousness a believer has is not his own righteousness, because his righteousness is not acceptable but he has a perfect righteousness which is Christ. Righteousness is accredited to those who seek God by faith. The righteousness of God is the justification of those who obediently respond to the grace of God that was revealed on the Cross.
Christianity is different from other religions. It tells us that we are justified by faith, that is, faith is an accomplished act. The great transaction is done, and we are asked to believe it. The good works we do cannot make us right with God. No amount of human achievement or progress in personal development will close the gap between God’s moral perfection and our imperfect daily performance. Your good deeds are very important, but they won’t earn you eternal life. We are saved only by trusting in what God has done for us, by offering His only begotten Son for us on the Cross. Since Christ has been offered on the Cross for us, God is now known as the justifier of those who respond to His grace through faith.
MEMORY VERSE: Rome 3:28 “For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law”
PRAYER: Grant us the grace to truly live for You, Master Jesus, and never allow sin to dominate our lives again.