In the Book of Genesis, we read the account of Adam and his time in the garden. We love to look at him and pretend that we would have behaved differently. We mistakenly believe that we would not have yielded to temptation and sin would not have entered into the world. The reality of the matter is that we have no idea what we would have done under the same conditions. It’s always easy to pretend that we are better than our neighbor but in reality, we can be worst.
Adam’s actions plunged man into a sinful existence. Romans 3:23 NLT says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” So, sin is universal. But does that mean we are hopeless? Romans 5:18 says, “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.” While Adam’s actions made us sinners, Jesus’ death on the cross brings us into right relationship with God.
What does that mean in our lives? The dictionary tells us that righteousness is the quality of being virtuous, honorable, or morally right. That definition puts the emphasis on the value system of man. Who is morally right? Society has taught us that morally right is subjective. When we define righteousness as the quality of being right in the eyes of God, then God standards of being morally right applies to everyone regardless of who they are.
Jesus Christ is our righteousness. Romans 5:19 AMP says, “For just as through one man’s disobedience [his failure to hear, his carelessness] the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of the one Man the many will be made righteous and acceptable to God and brought into right standing with Him.” How was He obedient? “After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8) Jesus Christ is our righteousness.
Thought for Today: Friend, let’s work at being right in the eyes of God.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.
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Through it all Jesus remained humble and obedient. Dear Lord I pray to be humble and obedient to your word. Keep me focused on You and your Word in Jesus Name Amen.
To God be the Glory.
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