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::Devotional:: “The Righteousness I’ve Been Granted”

November 8, 2010

If you were to check your online bank statement today and see that $1 million dollars had been credited to your account, what would you do?  You probably wouldn’t be as quick to call the bank as if it had been debited $1 million dollars but I’m sure eventually you’d call them to find out what was going on.  What if they told you that an anonymous donor had requested a transfer of $1 million dollars they had earned from their personal account into your account by name?  Talk about a great Monday right?!  Well, while you may not log on to find $1 million dollars in your bank account this morning you can rest assured that you have something infinitely more valuable today; the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

This week I wanted to touch on the topic of righteousness because it is something that took me a long time to try to wrap my mind around and maybe I can help other come to a quicker understanding.

The one thing that drove a wedge between God and man is sin and the only thing that brought God and man back together again is Jesus Christ.  The Bible calls this reconciliation and it is the process by which mankind is brought back into harmony with God.  Reconciliation with God is only possible through Jesus Christ.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  Romans 5:1-2

The thing that is required in order for us to be justified is righteousness, but in and of ourselves we are unrighteous.

3 All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:3

However, Jesus has credited his righteousness to us by his grace and through our faith.  That process of crediting or attributing something to someone else’s account, whether it is the $1 million dollars we first talked about or the righteousness of Jesus Christ, is called imputation.  Therefore the righteousness we are attributed from Jesus is called imputed righteousness.  An easy way to remember that is that the word imputed is spelled with a “U” and it describes the righteousness that has been given to “YOU”.

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Remember today that you serve a righteous God who is rich in mercy, forgiveness, compassion, and love.  Be thankful that through Christ you have peace with God.  You are no longer objects of God’s wrath because of your sin but objects of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ.  Through the free gift of salvation, you have been imputed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ and are therefore reconciled to the Awesome God.  Not because you deserved it and not because you earned it, but because because Jesus came to seek and to save what was lost and to be the propitiation of our sins.  Hallelujah Amen!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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