"The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness-for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead" (Romans 4:23-24)
Let’s give a collective sigh of relief! We too can experience peace and acceptance with God (righteousness) by trusting in God’s power to save us and make us right with Him. This means we stop trusting in our own ability. A point Paul has made so many times in the first 4 chapters of Romans, it’s ridiculous!
Paul plays the trump card so we understand God’s power—He raised Jesus from the dead!
How many of us can say this?
There is a stark contrast between our power and Gods. This is one more reason to trust God when He asks us to put our faith in Him. If His power can raise the dead, what won’t it do in our own lives?
In this chapter, Paul compares and contrasts what two Old Testament heroes knew that we miss, stop trying and start trusting (Rom. 4:5, 13). The result, righteousness. Right-standing with God, having a record that doesn’t keep score of our sins and mistakes. It credits us perfection, as if we’ve always obeyed God’s laws and standards. That’s incredible!
What comes to mind when contrasting your power with Gods?
Do you see yourself with a perfect record?
Where are you keeping score of sins and mistakes?
What areas are you trusting in your own power?
Where could you trust in God’s resurrection power?
Original article published July 17, 2009.