Sunday’s message took us to a time when Abraham’s conversion is affirmed. (Genesis 15:1-6) God had communicated to Abraham at least twice prior that he would have offspring and that his descendants would form a nation. But this is the first time we are told that, “Abraham believed the Lord”. Something very significant happened in that moment that night in Abraham’s life.(Romans 4:1-5, Romans 4:22-5:1)
There are many people who think that in the end all religions are alike. But nothing in any religion at any time in the history of the world parallels the teaching of Christianity that speaks to “God declaring a person righteous.” Christianity teaches that at the moment when a person places his or her faith in Christ as personal Savior, God no longer sees that person with their own righteousness. God now sees that person with the righteousness of Jesus Christ which does measure up to perfect standard of a holy God! (Romans 3:22-24, 2 Cor. 5:21)
In other words, at conversion, Christ got your sin, and you got his righteousness! Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t that good news?
Pastor Tim challenged each of us with the thought, or the question, aboutwhen OR if we have chosen to believe, as Abraham finally did?
He gave us three “truths” to consider as we ponder this question for our own lives:
1. The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is not that one sins and the other doesn’t…both do.
2. The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that one stands before God clothed in the righteousness of Christ and the other doesn’t.
3. And the only difference between those who spend eternity in heaven and those who spend it in hell is that one person has been given the righteousness of Christ and the other person is trusting their own righteousness…and sadly, it will never measure up to the absolute holy standard of God.
So where does your righteousness lie—in Christ, or in your own works? And, what does that look like in your life?
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Resting in the knowledge of being made “right” through Christ.