God credits the righteousness of Jesus to ourselves.
The ground of our justification lies utterly outside of us.
We are not put right with God as a result of anything done by us.
We are not put right with God as a result of anything done in us.
We are put right with God as a result of something done for us.
Though I don't deserve it, and cannot earn it, God has reconciled my account. This is radical.
In Christ, a believer is completely and once-and-for-all justified and
is as accepted by God today as they will ever be. My sin and
shortcomings don't undo my righteousness than my moments of honor and
endeavor cancel my guilt.
The Prodigal Son story shows us how the son is lavished upon with
everything he didn't deserve, and received nothing that he did
deserve. It is an unbelievable display of God's love. When God
forgives, he does so permanently.
Allistair mentions calling AT&T and asking about a "convoluted" bill. And in this story the lady says, "I'm bringing it up... yeah... let me just remove that for you." With the press of a button, she says, "It's gone."
When God, in Christ, hits the proverbial delete key, it's GONE. Immediately, unconditionally, completely, and wonderfully.
Originally posted on lightmanx5.vox.com