Tuesday Morning: 19 Mar 2019 – Romans 4:16-25 ~ Counted as Righteous.

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 4:16-25 (NLT)

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him,

“I have made you the father of many nations.”

This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him,

“That’s how many descendants you will have!”

And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
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Morning Reflection:

“Because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.”
– Romans 4:22

What does it mean to be “counted as righteous?” A.B. Simpson is reported to have said that the gospel –

  • “tells rebellious men that God is reconciled,
  • that justice is satisfied,
  • that sin has been atoned for,
  • that the judgment of the guilty may be revoked,
  • the condemnation of the sinner canceled,
  • the curse of the Law blotted out,
  • the gates of hell closed,
  • the portals of heaven opened wide,
  • the power of sin subdued,
  • the guilty conscience healed,
  • the broken heart comforted,
  • the sorrow and misery of the Fall undone.”

And where’s the proof? Easter!

It was recorded for our benefit, too,
assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him,
the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
He was handed over to die because of our sins,
and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
– Romans 4:23-25

Questions for consideration:

  • In AB Simpson’s list, which one speaks to you personally? Please explain.
  • Has your faith grown stronger or weaker since you first believed? Please explain.
  • What new thing would you like God to create in your life that doesn’t presently exist? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Gracious God: Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins so that I might be counted as righteous through faith in him. Thank you for cancelling my condemnation; thank you for opening the gates of heaven to me; and thank you for forgiving me and freeing me from guilt and shame. Strengthen me in faith that I might live as a child of your promise – to bring dead things back to life, and create new things out of nothing. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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“His Righteousness” – Acappella

God made Him who had no sin
So that we might become His Righteousness
Instead of ourselves He offered Him
So that we might become His Righteousness

So that we might become His Righteousness
So that we might become His Righteousness

Holy God was offered for us
So that we might become His Righteousness
So that we might become His Righteousness

It’s hard to believe we can be spiritually well
So that we might become His Righteousness
The loving God tasted the essence of hell
So that we might become His Righteousness

So that we might become His Righteousness
So that we might become His Righteousness

Holy God was offered for us
So that we might become His Righteousness

God in the flesh lived as a man
Will of the Father, fulfilling His plan
Jesus condemned, taking our place
Now we are in Him and we’ll see His face
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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