Bible In One Year-Day 287 (Monday, October 14, 2013)
Commentary: Psalm141-145. Every man born of a woman is a sinner before the Lord. No flesh is justified. Therefore, nothing in us is qualified to receive from God. We have no righteousness to ask from Him. The psalmist knew this and that was the reason for him to pray in the righteousness of God and not of his.
Psalms 143:1 “Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.”
The Psalmist made us understand that there is no man living on earth can be justified by his or her own input of good works or right doings; not even any religious belief. There is a standard that must be met before God which sin cannot make it possible. He is too righteous to behold sin. Therefore, because of His love towards us, He provided us (without asking Him) a standard of His righteousness to meet to be qualified to access Him and His abundance. He gave us the grace to be converted to His righteousness before we could even talk with Him. This grace is just for us to believe in His LOVE, which is Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:22 “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
When you receive Christ by faith you become justified before Him because God is no more seeing your sinfulness but Christ in you; a wonderful substitution.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Therefore, rejecting Christ is a decision to remain condemned before God, and accepting Christ is a decision to be justified before God. The sinful actions we commit daily are not what condemned us before God but the root of these actions, i.e. our sinfulness. For instance, a dog barks because he is a dog. In the same manner, you sin because you are a sinner; you are obeying the law of sin and death within your flesh. But as soon as you accept Jesus, the law changes to the law of the Spirit of life in the Christ; hence you become God’s righteousness and not condemned.
Romans 8:1-2 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
You meet God’s standard of righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus to enjoy God’s faithfulness.
Remember, beloved, that your good works are not your righteousness but faith in Christ Jesus. Many say they harm no man, steal nothing, good to people, therefore, they are righteous; this not so, it is an error of faith. It is the Christ in you that God sees as the standard of His righteousness and not your good works. If you live by making a standard for yourself, you will reject Christ, whereas you must accept Him first before your good works are accepted.
Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.”
Christ is the righteousness of God and not your good words. When you accept Him as your Lord and Savior, He first rescues you from darkness into light by putting a seal on you and then, if you remain faithful to His gracious rescue, He will anoint you for battle against the powers of darkness and for good works.
2 Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
Any good work without God’s anointing is not counted as good before God and can easily be defeated by the devil. It cannot stand the test of time.
Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the demon; for God was with him.”
The Apostles obtained the righteousness of God through faith in the Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”
The law is good but cannot make you righteous; you must become God’s righteousness before you can righteously obey the law. And this can only be done through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Psalms146-150. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries