“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” – Romans 4:25
LIGHT FOR NOW: The death, burial and resurrection of Christ are what qualify the believer.
Man sinned against God by refusing to believe in Him. By pledging his allegiance to the devil, he sold his right to the devil. This way, man sinned against his creator and consequently he died. By the law of heritage, his descendants were not better than him; they had the consequences of sin passed upon them. Paul prying into this case observed that “…the wages of sin is death”. He also announced the remediation of man’s deplorable condition “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1Timothy 3:16). This means that Christ willingly presented Himself to be judged for the sins of men which He never committed. The devil did not kill Jesus. Jesus willingly gave Himself to redeem man. Satan and the demons stood as witnesses against Jesus. Christ was discharged and acquitted. Having died for us, he was raised from the death. His death made you have a right standing with God; His death brought justification to you. This means complete acquittal because you have been set free from the charge of any sin.
According to the Message Bible, today’s text infers “The sacrifice of Jesus made you fit for God. In other words, the sacrifice of Jesus set you right with God”. Jesus’ death absolves us from all guilt before God. By this knowledge, you can freely approach God with no sin consciousness but with boldness into the throne of His grace (Hebrews 4:16). The righteousness of God comes to us by our faith in Christ Jesus. Everyone who believes in Jesus becomes righteous. The faith of Jesus implies that Jesus had faith in God to raise Him from death unlike Adam who did not. By your faith in Christ, you are sin-free. Therefore, you are fit for God. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Let your spirit-man be convinced that Christ died for you.
CONFESSION: Lord, I thank you for having set me right with you. Amen.
QUOTE: The more sin-conscious you are, the less Christ-conscious you become.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3