How can we become ‘RIGHTEOUS’ before GOD?
November 16 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 4-6
“And not being weak in faith, he (Abraham) did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore ‘it was accounted to him for righteousness.’” (Rom. 4:19-22)
The above passage gives us a candid description about how Abraham became righteous before God. God gave Abraham a great promise when he was seventy-five years old (Gen. 12:2–4). At that time it is evident that he was still physically able to become a father, since he became the father of Ishmael through his maidservant Hagar after that momentous event (Gen. 16:1–11). Apostle Paul is now referring about Abraham when he was about one hundred years old and God had renewed His promise to him (Gen. 17:15–21).
Even when Abraham was one hundred years old, he still believed God in spite of his physical limitations and he did not consider his lack of virility. Neither did he consider the inability of his ninety-year-old wife to conceive and withstand the pain of childbirth. At this ripe old age, there appeared to be no possibility for Abraham to create a new life through his old wife Sarah whose womb was as good as dead as she was well past childbearing age. God had promised Abraham a son, and Abraham simply believed God’s promise only through his eyes of faith. Abraham did not hesitate but he trusted God and His Word wholeheartedly. God had said it; Abraham believed it; that settled it. Adverse circumstances did not stand in the way of Abraham’s faith!
So Abraham, by his resolute faith, acknowledged that God was faithful and powerful enough to keep His promise. It was through exercising this kind of faith that he was justified (v. 22). Through nearly ten years of waiting for fulfillment of a seemingly impossible promise, Abraham’s faith in God grew stronger while he continued to give glory to God. He had every confidence that God was fully able to do what He had promised. Abraham was not just wistfully hoping that God would make him the father of many nations, but was fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. History teaches us that what God promises, He also performs!
God was pleased when Abraham took Him at His word, and so He credited righteousness to Abraham’s account. Abraham’s faith was valid because it was based on God’s revelation. His faith conditioned the way he lived, and he did not doubt the promise of God. Abraham got delivered from the condemnation of sin and got justified through his faith. Abraham had faith because he believed God in the face of adverse circumstances, and therefore his faith was counted to him for righteousness!
How can we become righteous before God? According to the famous evangelist Billy Graham, our righteousness has nothing to do with doing good works, though good works are a byproduct of being righteous. Our righteousness, meaning to be right or just, begins with believing God. All sin is rooted in unbelief, while our righteousness is rooted in belief. Faith is choosing boldly and unswervingly to believe what God has said. Stand when tempted by unbelief, knowing that God can and will do what He promises.
Today believe God for all His promises and He will count it unto you as righteousness. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s ultimate standard of righteousness, and be saved. Believe in Jesus Christ and His promises to deliver you in your day of trouble, and learn what the righteousness of Christ can do in and through you.
“For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:15, 17)