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Justified as a Gift

February 19, 2019

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Justified as a Gift

To justify someone is  to declare outright  that  that person is righteous.     It is saying  and showing  that the person is right,  and cannot be blamed  for anything.

We know  that only the righteous people  can enter heaven  and have eternal life.     If we have an ounce  of honesty  in us,  we must  ashamedly admit  that we are  not righteous — not really.     We’ve got so many sins  we can’t even remember them all.     So,  by all rights,  not a single one of us  is worthy  of entering heaven — ever.

The Bible points out  that truth  in many places,  so  we had better not  be so arrogant  as to contradict God Almighty.

No one stands a chance  of doing enough good works  to be called righteous enough  to enter heaven.     We just keep on sinning — even while doing our good works.     Our hearts are not right  because we all have a sinful nature.     Truthfully,  we are helpless  and hopeless  in all our sins.     Sometimes,  the sin of pride  makes people  boldly claim  that  they are righteous — but,  that is  just one more sin  to be held against them.     Such pride leads  to  an even greater condemnation.

Romans 3:23-24 explains our awful situation and God’s solution.    It says,

For all  have sinned  and fall short  of the glory of God,  being  justified  as a gift  by His grace  through the redemption  which is in  Christ Jesus.

Sinners though we surely are — we are  “justified  as a gift”.     Who has the authority  and power  to declare us sinners  to be righteousness enough  to enter heaven?     Only God does — and He declares us righteous   “as a gift”.

You don’t earn a gift.     You don’t work  for a gift.     A gift  is a gift  is a gift.     We’ve got to remember that  out of respect  and love  for Jesus Christ  and all He has done  for us.

But, this is a gift  Satan does not  want us  to receive.     So,  he will  try various ways  to deceive us  into imagining  we are able  to become worthy  of heaven  through our own righteous works.     He will con us  into the idea  that our sins are not really sins.     They are just little mistakes  that don’t count.     Then,  he will praise us up and down  for all the good things  we do.     He will comfort us  by reminding us repeatedly  of the good we’ve done  and make us dismiss  every wrong.

We will be so busy doing good works  to earn our right  to heaven  that we won’t even have time  to read God’s word in the Bible  and discover  that we are being fooled.

That is why it is so important  to read,  study,  and meditate  on God’s word to us  every day.     If we don’t,  we will easily be fooled  into thinking  we can  and must earn the right  to enter heaven.     We won’t have a clue  that God wants  to justify us  as a gift  by His grace  through the redemption  which is  in Christ Jesus.”

This gift  of justification  is ours  for the taking — if we really want  to be saved.     If we don’t simply receive this gift  from Jesus Christ by faith,  we don’t stand a chance  of entering heaven.     We can’t afford  to not accept this gift.

As we think about God’s almighty love  in offering us this gift  through faith  in Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  all the glory is Yours.     Nothing I do  can make me worthy.     But,  by Your grace,  You make me worthy  through faith  in Jesus.     Thank You  for such a wondrous love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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