Posted: October 14, 2004
A Study of Positional Truths
Romans 4 Paul has dealt with the central thought of God imputing
righteousness to Abraham. The imputation of righteousness means that
all I have done has been removed from the ledger of heaven. In its
place all that Christ has done, who is righteousness, has been placed to
my account. He became all that I am and made me all that He is. In the
middle of making his case for Abraham’s righteousness, Paul mentions God
making David righteous in verses 6-8. The only reason I can find for
the inclusion of David is that in the mouth of two witnesses let a great
doctrinal truth be established.
In verse 6 the Bible
says, “Even as David also describeth the
blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without
works.” The word ‘describeth’
means to lay out or explain systematically. This David did in Psalm 103
in one of his Penitent Psalms. (Psalm 103:3,10,12) David calls such a
man who is declared righteous a blessed man. The word ‘blessedness’
means to attribute good fortune that causes one great happiness. The
word is in the plural. The fortune keeps coming and the man is a happy,
happy, happy man. This imputation of righteousness was without works.
(Verse 6) The word ‘works’ means to toil or to produce a deed of effort
or labor. I did nothing to be declared righteous. It was done solely
at the good pleasure of our Lord.
verse 7 Paul says, “Blessed
are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”
He changes from the singular man in verse 6 to the plural ‘they’. The
‘they’ speaks of the church within the church. There is a church which
is an organization. But the church organism is only those who are alive
in Christ. This is an innumerable host yet it is the individual that He
makes righteous. In verse 7 Paul explains the declaration of
righteousness when he says, ‘our iniquities are forgiven’. The word
‘iniquities’ is the violation of breaking the laws of God. Take a walk
down through the Ten Commandments and ponder the ones we have violated.
Paul said if we have broken one, we have broken them all. This wicked
breaking of God’s law has been forgiven. The word ‘forgiven’ means to
omit or send away. He also says, ‘our sins are covered’. The word
‘sins’ means to miss the mark and not share in the prize. Oh how often
I have missed God’s mark for me. Paul says they all have been
covered. The word ‘covered’ means to conceal under. He has place my
sin under the atoning cover of the blood of Jesus. In Psalm 103 He said
He put them as far as the east is from the west. East and west have no
poles and therefore can never meet.
He tells us in verse 8, He will not impute sin to us. How can this be?
How is our sin dealt with? We have no ledger sheet in heaven any more.
We have the ledger sheet of Christ which is spotless. When we sin, He
must confess it to the Father as our advocate and mediator. We should
stand clear of sin when we realize that while we are committing this sin
our Savior is in heaven confessing and claiming the sins removal. I
stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene and just wonder in
amazement. Just think, all of my sins are gone.