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The Righteous Requirement

May 31, 2015

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The Righteous Requirement

When we feel guilty  for our wrong doing,  we usually want  to pay  for our misdeed  somehow  or another.     We don’t want  to carry around  our burden  of guilty feelings  and hope  that a payment  of some sort  from us  will ease  our conscience.     It can get rather discouraging  when our conscience  still bugs us.     We’ve got  the sneaky feeling  that our means  of payment  wasn’t honestly good enough.

There is no way  we can undo  our sins.     The damage we’ve done lingers  —  and we are powerless  to erase  the wrong.     We’re a pitiful bunch  —  eternally guilty before God.     It was  with a most gracious love,  pity,  and mercy  that God used  His almighty power  to set us right  for all eternity  in His eyes.     Romans 8:1-4 proclaims,

Therefore,  there is now  no condemnation  for those  who are  in Christ Jesus,  because  through Christ Jesus  the law  of the Spirit  who gives life  has set you free  from the law  of sin  and death.     For what the law  was powerless  to do  because it was weakened  by the flesh,  God did  by sending  His own Son  in the likeness  of sinful flesh  to be a sin offering.     And so  He condemned sin  in the flesh,  in order  that the righteous requirement  of the law  might be fully met  in us,  who do not live  according to the flesh  but according to  the Spirit.

The “law” strictly shows us our every sin  and condemns us  to eternal death.     Knowing God’s “law”  and trying  to perfectly  obey it  is impossible  for us sinners.     The “law”  is “powerless”  in making us good  —  perfect in God’s eyes.     But,  all things  are possible  for God.     Our sins  are totally paid for  by the sinless  —  most holy  and perfect  —  Christ Jesus.

Because Jesus is absolutely,  perfectly sinless,  He had the power  to condemn  “sin  in the flesh”  —  that’s our sin.    When  the perfectly sinless Christ died  on the cross,  His suffering  and death met  “the righteous requirement”  that we are powerless  to meet.     Now that  our sins  are truly  fully paid for,  God is able  to see us as righteous,  perfect,  and holy  through our faith  in Jesus.   That’s amazing!

As we now live  in faith  according to  the Spirit,  we are free  from the condemnation  of the law.     Made free  by Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for being  the effective sin offering  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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