I have always been fascinated by the justice system. I’m that weird guy who loves being called into jury duty and hopes that someday I will get selected for a long-drawn-out trial. And like many, I love a good law movie. A Few Good Men and A Time To Kill are two of my favorites. But my interest goes even further. There was actually a time in my life where I seriously considered pursuing law as a career. However, after putting my motivations on the stand for some intense questioning, I realized that all I really wanted to do was get paid to argue and yell “objection” while wearing a nice suit. Needless to say, I considered that dream “out of order” and found myself guilty of less than admirable intentions. Yet even to this day, there is something compelling to me about the whole judicial machine.
This past Sunday Pastor Greg, taught on Galatians 5. In verse 4 of that chapter the apostle Paul tells his readers that if they are trying to be justified or be made right with God in any other way besides their association with Jesus, the grace of God and the cross of Christ would be of no help to them. (Gal. 5:2, 4). Justification can only be found in Christ.
The Bible tells us that every single person will one day stand before God and give an account for what they have done (Rom. 14:1-12). God will look at our record and decide if we are righteous (our record shows that we have not broken any of his laws) or if we are unrighteous (our record indicates the many laws of His that we have broken). And here is some bad news, the Bible says that all of us have sinned and fallen way short of God’s perfect standard (Rom. 3:23). So unless something happens, once it is our time to stand before God, when the gavel falls, we will not enjoy the verdict or the sentencing. And this is where Jesus provides us with the best news possible.
Look at what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV):
God made him who had no sin to be sinfor us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
This verse tells us that when God looks at those who through faith acknowledge Jesus as their lord and savior, He doesn’t see their human sin, he sees the perfection of His son Jesus. And through this imputed righteousness (righteousness given to us) we are spared from the death sentence that should have been ours.
Question for Reflection
How does it make you feel knowing that, if you are a Christian, Christ’s perfect record is imputed to you?
How should this information affect the way we respond to future temptation and sin?