The Beautiful Bride - Week 1, Day 2

Not My Righteousness!

IF… “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” and righteousness from God comes “through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Titus 3:4-5a and Romans 3:22 (NIV)

THEN… I know that nothing I do can earn my way into God’s presence. I can only be found righteous by God through my faith in Jesus Christ.

What a blessing to know that I do not have to be perfect! If I did, I would fail every day. It is easy to smile and breathe a sigh of relief on days that we struggle, knowing that God has covered our imperfections, but sometimes I hear people say that they think they are “GOOD” enough and that a loving God would never condemn them.  This is a common argument. Often we are tempted to compare ourselves with others and assume that since we are “not as bad as they are” that we are good, but the measurement for good is GOD!  Consequently, all sins, even the ones we consider harmless or acceptable, cause us to be separated from God.

When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s commands, they allowed sin to enter a perfect world.  Through their original sin, we all became heirs of that sinful nature and are born with it.  This places a self-centered tendency inside the heart of every person that inclines us away from God. Our selfish view of the world is naturally opposed to God’s view of the world. 

Yesterday we discussed why blood was needed for the payment of sin. Today, I ask you to take that idea one step further and consider why the blood of Jesus had to be different and why he was born of a virgin. The blood of Jesus could not be passed down to him from the bloodline of Adam because through the human bloodline, sin is passed from generation to generation.  We have also discussed that Jesus was sinless and for this to be so, his bloodline had to be pure.  This could only occur through the virgin birth. Jesus was conceived not of sinful man, but of the Holy Spirit.

He was the only perfect sacrifice for my sin and for yours! There is nothing we can ever do to pay the price of our own sin.  He had to pay the price for us.  His mercy has kept us from the punishment we deserve, and his grace has given us the favor that we don’t deserve.

What a precious thought to know that you are loved enough to be found righteous through the gift of Jesus’ life and death on the cross! “For if, by the trespass of the one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17)  If you have chosen to receive God’s mercy, are you now living in the abundance of his grace?

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