Bible Reading: Romans 5:1-21
How is it possible that I a sinner could be holy as God is holy?
When Jesus died upon the cross He became sin for us. All our sins, past, present and future were laid on Him. In taking the punishment for our sin Jesus satisfied the demand for justice of a God who is holy. The price can only be paid once. Jesus paid it all to set us free from sin.
Now when the holy God looks on us He sees us as free from sin. There is a verse of an old song that says, “God sees my Saviour, and then He sees me In the beloved, accepted and free”
Although we were sinners, through faith in what Jesus did on the cross we became righteous in God’s sight. Righteousness is a gift to be received [Romans 5:17]
Paul says, “For He [God] made Him [Christ] who knew no sin to become sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” [2 Corinthians 5:21]. He also writes, “You were washed, you were sanctified [set apart], you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” [1 Corinthians 6:11]. This statement is in the past tense! It happened when we turned from sin to Christ.
I may not feel that I am holy, and I am certainly not perfect but I have to reckon myself righteous before God on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross. To reckon means that I count it to be true, and this requires faith.
This is so simple and yet so profound. Will you today come simply to Jesus, acknowledging that in yourself there is no righteousness, and surrender to Him, believing that as you turn in faith to Him that you become the righteousness of God in Christ – no more guilt, condemnation or fear of judgement? Free!
Many people think that holiness is simply something we have to work at and do not understand that it is firstly a gift to be received. How does this thought impact you?
What do you think is the meaning of the phrase, “without holiness no one will see the Lord” in Hebrews 10:14?