Thursday, April 16, 2015

Devotion: Accept Jesus As Your Righteousness

Scripture clearly states that no one can be declared righteous or made right with God by trying to keep the law.  Those who depend on the law to save them are under God’s curse, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who breaks a single one of the laws written in the book of the law at anytime.”   The law, which has nothing to do with faith, teaches that those who do or follow these things (the law) will only have life in doing or following them (the law).  But thank God, Christ has redeemed us and brought us out from under the doom of that impossible system of laws by taking on the curse himself.  Yes, Christ purchased our freedom from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us when he hung on that wooden cross.  Because Christ purchased our freedom, we now can share in the blessings belonging to Abraham, who was full of faith and accepted God’s promise.  It is through the blessings of Abraham that we of like faith might receive the Spirit that God had promised to give.

“Yes, and those who depend on the Jewish laws to save them are under God’s curse, for the Scriptures point out very clearly, ‘Cursed is everyone who at any time breaks a single one of these laws that are written in God’s Book of the Law.’  Consequently, it is clear that no one can ever win God’s favor by trying to keep the Jewish laws because God has said that the only way we can be right in his sight is by faith.  As the prophet Habakkuk says it, ‘The man who finds life will find it through trusting God.’  How different from this way of faith is the way of law, which says that a man is saved by obeying every law of God, without one slip.  But Christ has bought us out from under the doom of that impossible system by taking the curse for our wrongdoing upon himself.  For it is written in the Scripture, ‘Anyone who is hanged on a tree is cursed’ (as Jesus was hung upon a wooden cross).  Now God can bless the Gentiles, too, with this same blessing he promised to Abraham; and all of us as Christians can have the promised Holy Spirit through this faith” (Galatians 3:10-14 TLB)

We know that the righteous man finds life through his faith in God (Habakkuk 2:4 TLB) and not through a law that is not of faith, “for as it is written, the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).  God has made it pretty simply, all we have to do is just accept Jesus Christ as our righteousness to be free from the curse of the law.

As you read today’s message, we pray that it will be an inspiration to you as well as a blessing.  Please share this message so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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