Hope for sinners

The connection between the sinner and the Savior is trust, not improvement of behavior. That comes later. It’s this order that gives hope. “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). The basis of this wild and wonderful hope (the ungodly justified) is “Christ for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4, literal translation). Through faith alone God counts the ungodly as righteous because of Christ. “For our sake [God] made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Let all who are paralyzed by the weight of sin and the powerlessness to change turn in here.        – John Piper

It’s totally crazy how just by believing in and trusting in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, all a man’s sins are nullified.  Not just nullified, but taken away to make room for righteousness.  It may not be physical righteousness that is apparently evident and manifested immediately, but righteousness in God’s eyes.  The fact that God looks past the sins of people and counts them as righteous is mind-blowing!  In His divine forbearance, God left the sins of people unpunished so that He would show His holiness, righteousness, and anger towards sin in one place, in a definitive way; the cross of Christ.  For those who trust in the great act of self-glorification and love by God, there is a promise that they are forgiven by God and will at the end of their life be saved from the wrath to come.  Bless the Lord for His holiness, righteousness, and love!

Oh sing to the LORD a new song!

For He has done marvelous things;

His right hand and His loly arm have gained Him the victory.

The LORD has made known His salvation…

…Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth;

Break forth in song, rejoice before the LORD, the King.   – Psalm 98:1-2, 4