However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
Consider this! God justifies, not just people, but wicked people. In light of Him, of course, the noblest of people are horribly wicked, but even so! What an amazing truth! God justifies wicked people. What is justification? Read on in Romans 4…
7 “Blessed are they
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”
Hey all you wicked people! There’s hope for you! God loves you and wants to redeem your life! Your sin has and is destroying you. The ‘wages of sin is death’ Paul wrote in Romans 3, but the free gift of God in Christ Jesus is LIFE! Life for you. Freely given. Abundant… joyful… eternal life.
You might think the way to this life is to stop all of your wickedness. No, not exactly. The wickedness will be loved right out of you by the Spirit of God as you grow in relationship with Him. What you must do is enter this relationship. That’s your decision. That’s your choice. As much as God has demonstrated just how much He loves you and me, He will not choose this relationship for us. He wants us to want Him.
So just like verse 5 above says, we need to be those who don’t work for this righteousness but rather trust God for it. We need to trust that God does justify the wicked! We need to embrace His provision of love and grace in Jesus Christ.
“Do I have to believe in Jesus? Can’t God just justify me without that piece?” I suppose God could… He can do whatever He wants, but the Scripture is clear that this relationship with God only comes through Jesus Christ. This love, grace, justification, forgiveness – it’s all found in Jesus. What will you do with Him?
The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone (Abraham), but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Why would you not want Jesus anyway? After all He has done. After all His life and death provides and means and communicates!
So receive Christ and enter this relationship with God. Your wickedness will be forgiven and your life will begin to grow into the beauty of Jesus. That part is a process, so be patient with yourself. God is. Don’t explain away sin, but continually return to Christ and be cleansed of it all (1 John 1:9). You may never be sinless in this lifetime, but you will sin less! And less… and less… and you’ll become vibrant and loving and full of LIFE – just like Jesus.
Thank you Father for justifying a wicked person like me! Thank you for giving me the righteousness of Jesus and for the life-long adventure of growing into that righteousness. Your patience means my salvation and I praise You for that. You are awesome and I live for you this day.