It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. —Romans 3:26

 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”—Romans 4:5-7

 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. —Romans 4:20-25

             God is the only One who is fully just and He is the One who is the justifier of all who put their faith in Jesus.  There are no works that we can do to be justified.  Jesus did the work— “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).  Justice had to be carried out because of our sin.  There was no way we could make things right with God and so Jesus willingly went to the cross to provide the way for justice to be accomplished.  It is through faith in His finished work at the cross that one becomes justified/righteous.  We who were unrighteous have God’s righteousness accounted to us when we put our faith in Jesus!  Praise God for His great mercy toward us!

            Once we trust Jesus our sins will never be counted against us!  They are cast into the deepest sea, cast as far as the east is from the west and never to be dredged up or found against us ever (Micah 7:19; Psalm 103:12).  “Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  And so for every person who believes in Him who raised Jesus from the dead, having been delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification, that person’s faith is counted as righteousness and they have been justified.  Their sin will never be brought up.  It is gone!

            Now, “Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—‘Let us do evil that good may result?’ Their condemnation is just!” (Romans 3:8).  Because God does not hold our sin against us does not mean we do anything we want… of course not!  Those who think like that are thinking wrongly.  “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves” (I Peter 2:16).  “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2).  “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-3).  But now… “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).  May we live like this!

Dear Father may I live this transformed life as my mind is renewed by the power of Your Holy Spirit and by the authority of Jesus.  So be it for Your honor and glory! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BfZ3KKKg9c https://youtu.be/SSDJgDJToeo?t=4788

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