Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Glory of God in Jesus Christ: Justifying the Ungodly

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

Excerpt from “The Glory of God in Jesus Christ: Deliverer of Grace” – 2011-01-23
Paul's letter to the Romans is a description of the power of God let loose among the ruin of men, women, and children. This letter is about the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is about God and about the reality that God made a way, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to justify the ungodly. The Bible describes the ungodly as you and I, as us all, as everyone - because without God, without Jesus Christ, we are “all” ungodly: “There is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:22-23).

The book of Romans reveals that God sees our hearts and that God understands our hearts – and that none of us is able to stand upon his or her own righteousness in the presence of God: “None is righteous, no, not one.” This is not the kind of news we like to hear. It rubs against the grain of our self-worth and self-esteem. Yet this is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You see if you understand that you are ungodly to start with - then you can be justified, because we have a God who has made a way to justify the ungodly. If we are ungodly, we qualify. But if in self-righteousness we refuse to acknowledge that we are ungodly – we have no hope.

But there is hope in Jesus.