1156. God Justifies the Ungodly

 

IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING

Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly,
his faith is credited as righteousness. (Romans 4:4-5)

Despite what this passage clearly says, people naturally believe that the way to be saved is to be good, and the way to become righteous is through our behavior. We assume that Christ came to help us become righteous enough for God to accept us and welcome us into His presence. The truth, however, is that no one ever received righteousness by work or worth. As strange and impossible as it seems, righteousness has nothing to do with “doing right.” Continue reading