Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #15
Posted: September 16, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

It is my desire this week in our study of Positional Truth to look at some of the inherited benefits.  Our first study, I feel, will take us through several weeks of study.  It is the inherited blessing of being declared righteous by God when we believe in Jesus.  Let us turn our attention to Romans 3:21-24 which says, “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed by the law and the prophets: even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

We find in verse 23 of our text the root cause that demands a declaration of righteousness.  ‘All have sinned’ gives a panorama view of the whole human race as doing nothing but committing sin.  The word sinned has the idea of missing the mark, to fail to obey the law.  The words ‘come short’ carry the thought of to fail to reach the goal or fall short of the end.  This is certainly a hopeless state we find ourselves in.  In verse 21 Paul makes a comparison for us in curing the sin problem, with the law and without the law.  The law commands me to do and be but gives me neither feet nor hands.  The gospel of righteousness bids me fly and gives me wind and wings.  Paul tells us that this righteousness apart from the law has been manifested (made clear, open to view) and was witnessed to by the law and prophets

We are told in verse 22 that the righteousness of God comes to us through the faith of Jesus Christ.  Even the channel of faith cannot be reproduced by natural means.  It is given to us by grace. (Verse 24)  This is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) given to those who are in a state of being an enemy.  It is to all that believe. The word believe, has the idea of resting all the being upon another.  His quickening power gives us the grace to believe and trust in Him.  Salvation is all of the Lord from beginning to end.  This belief in Him brings with it a position of being freely justified by His grace. (Verse 24)  The word justified, has the idea to regard as innocent without spot or blemish.  All our sins have been removed and we are declared to be just like Him.  Christ is made unto us righteousness. (I Corinthians 1:30)  This has been done freely. (Without a cause or hope of any return Verse 24)  This great act of declaring one righteous is activated through the redemption of Christ.  The word redemption means to buy off the slave market of sin and set free.  The cross is where He took sins from us, placed them on Himself, and took them away. 

I cannot believe that I am not on parole, but I have been pardoned.  My sins have been thrown as far as the east is from the west.  Our Lord said He put our sins behind Him and will remember them no more.  In Christ, I am redeemed, I am righteous, my sins are gone, and I can sing with the little ones, ‘Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away, every burden of my heart rolled away. All my sins had to go ‘neath the crimson flow, Rolled away, rolled away, rolled away, every burden of my heart rolled away’.

 

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