Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32, Romans 3:9-31, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 19:13-14
During the month of June, I focused on a pattern in the Hebrew Bible – believe, obey, follow that contrasted with a pattern of faithlessness, disobedience and worshiping other gods. In Romans 3:20, Paul talks about how our best efforts fall short of true obedience.
20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Two verses later, he emphasizes the importance of faith for everyone, both Jews and Gentiles.
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
So how does this work? He goes into detail in the next four verses.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
God sees us sinners as righteous because of the Jesus’ blood shed on the cross if we believe in Jesus. So if God sees all who believe as righteous, I should have those same eyes and that same heart. How often do I judge or second guess other Christians, rather than seeing them as righteous before God. His grace “freely makes us right in His sight.” And so I will pray that God will help me to see other Christians as righteous. If He views us as right in His sight, then so we are. If I then view other Christians as not being right before God, I am not seeing them as He sees them, which makes me wrong.