RIGHTEOUS AND BLESSED

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Romans 4:6-8 …David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered: blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

It says above that “David also describes the blessedness of the man…”

Who is David talking about here? Well, much of David’s writings are prophetic and speaking about the coming Messiah, but here, David is prophetically describing you and me - the Church!

David was looking prophetically into the New Covenant of grace where God imparts righteousness apart from our works, where all our sins are forgiven through the work of Jesus upon the cross.

When David says “blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin”, it means, even when that man does sin, God will not count his sin against him and not judge nor punish him for his sin. Why? Because Jesus was judged and punished and condemned upon the cross in the place of this man.

You are that righteous and blessed man or woman. Once you have accepted Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, God no longer judges, condemns or punishes you because all of your sin (past, present, and future) has been judged and condemned upon the cross, once and for all time!

That’s why the Bible calls Jesus’ work upon the cross a “finished work” (John 19:30) because He dealt with all of your sins. You are blessed because the Lord no longer counts your sins against you. All of your sins have been imputed to Jesus so they will never be imputed to you.

The Apostle John confirms this in his writings. He says “…if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1) John did not say “...if anyone sins he will be punished for his sins”. No, under the New Covenant of grace, Jesus is your Advocate, He represents you before God and every time you sin, Jesus, your Advocate says to the Father, "I died for that sin upon the cross". The Apostle John goes on to say “…as He [Jesus] is, so are we in this world”. (1 John 4:17 KJV)

Whatever Jesus is before God, so are you. Jesus is righteous, He is accepted by God, He pleases the Father, He is victorious over the devil and that means you are righteous, you are accepted by God, you please the Father, you are victorious over the devil!

The good news for you to understand today is even when you do fail, God does not judge you nor hold that sin against you. All your sins have been judged at the cross. When I received that revelation, it did not cause me to go out and sin more because all my sins have been judged. Instead, it caused me to grow in my revelation of my righteousness and be even more like Jesus – victorious over sin and condemnation. Amen!

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God does not judge you nor hold your sin against you for all your sins have been judged at the cross.