For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”
Contrary to religious opinion, salvation is God’s idea and consists of having faith and confidence in the work of Jesus at Calvary, as He came to pay the price for our sins. Paul writes the book of Romans to make this one point crystal clear: we cannot save ourselves or add to His work of salvation on our behalf. The Law of God is perfect and designed to show us that we are not. The Gospel of God is the good news that Jesus would take the punishment we deserved for our sinful ways and give us the benefits of His righteousness.
What an exchange! He gets us and we get Him. Thank God for Jesus and His grace. Honor the Lord today, choose to rest in Him, believing His Word and obeying His directions.
So thankful for God’s saving grace,
Pastor Jack Abeelen