No Wooden Cross For Us To Carry

[Photo credit: Ja'Corie Maxwell ]

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets” Rom 3:21

Why is it called the righteousness of God?

It is because this righteousness was conceived, initiated, and carried out in every part by God.

The first creation was an act of God from the beginning to the end. Man contributed nothing to this creation. He only enjoyed the created things that God had pronounced “very good.”

Likewise, we contribute nothing to the “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is equally an act of God from the inception to the end. Our part in this second creation is to enjoy and not to neglect “so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3).

In our capitalist world, we labor to get material things. In the same breath, we imagine that we must work for our salvation too. Our labor-conditioned minds cannot appreciate the proffered free salvation - it’s beyond belief. We even taunt the advocates of this true gospel as “cheap grace” peddlers.

It is this same thing that the Apostle Paul had to contend with in his preaching. The gospel was too good to be true to the ears of the religious leaders. The thought leaders of the established religion of the day could not imagine of righteousness devoid of human effort. Such a gospel was not tenable with their systems of beliefs. So instead of embracing it they fought it tooth and claw to succor the future of their religion.

This battle between the righteousness of God and righteousness emanating from human works still rages on in our time. Across time, the righteousness of God has often  been misunderstood and opposed.

Our key text (Romans 3:21) makes a declaration that God has ushered in a new reality. God’s righteousness is no longer a secret. The maze of human traditions, theories, and unbelief cannot hinder or hide it anymore. It is now revealed by God with no strings attached.

It is God’s gift to us to empty ourselves of selfishness. It is God saving us from self-destruction. It is a gift and not a reward for good works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:9).

God’s righteousness compensates for our unrighteousness. In the real sense, it is our unrighteousness that fits and qualifies us for this righteousness.

Someone has said, “There’s nothing for free in this life, someone must have paid for it.” I submit to you that God's salvation to the human race is free because Christ paid the price.

We need not take long pilgrimage journeys to faraway lands and caves to seek God’s favor. We can do it in the comfort of our houses, offices, and our day-to-day activities with certainty that we are accepted of Him. There is no need to carry a wooden cross anymore. Christ bore the cross for you and me.

It is God’s will that we receive, enjoy, and accept this righteousness gift in Christ. It is His will that we should bask in the sun of His righteousness.

Is it your desire to receive this gift? You can have it. Whisper a little prayer of faith right now wherever you are. Claim this gift, claim release from the shackles of sin that bind you.

Won’t you?

Do it in Jesus name.

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