Posted: September 16, 2004
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
We find in verse 23
of our text the root cause that demands a declaration of righteousness.
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
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
open to view) and was witnessed to by the
We are told in verse
22 that the
righteousness of God
comes to us through the
faith of Jesus
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
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’.