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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.”—Revelation 14:5 (NKJV)
Looking at this verse in Revelation causes me to long for that day. What a glorious moment that will be! No more sin. Faultless before the throne of grace standing approved before God. Then I remember that God sees me that way now. And I try really hard to believe it, because nothing in this life actually works that way.
So much of life is spent trying to earn someone’s approval. If you want to get a scholarship, you have to earn the best grades. If you want to get the part, you have to be the best actor. If you want to get the guy, you need to have the right look. If you want that raise, you have to stand above the rest. Even as children, we are told that we are good if we do good. How then do we even begin to understand this concept that our righteousness in Christ has literally nothing to do with us?
Since this is so hard to comprehend, we often fall into one of two camps, both dangerous. On one hand, if we pridefully think that our righteousness has anything to do with our own good works, we can walk in condemnation of others, outraged by their sin, forgetting that we have nothing to boast in but the grace of God. However, on the other hand, when we fail to live up to that righteous standard, condemnation creeps in, and we can live a life paralyzed by shame.
The only true faultless one is the Holy Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. He has covered our shame and sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV, emphasis added).
All we have to do is confess. For if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That is the gospel. And that truth will set you free (John 8:3).
DIG: What Bible verses can you find that talk about our righteousness in Christ?
DISCOVER: In what ways do you try to earn your righteousness before Christ? Do you take pride in your works or lean toward self-condemnation?
DISPLAY: Share one of the verses with a friend and confess an area of pride, remembering that confession brings healing.