God Declares Us Righteous and Adopts Us as His Children
Adventure 9: God's Gift -- Salvation
How can God justly declare a sinner to be "righteous"?
If my faith is in Jesus, I am united with Him. His righteousness counts for me, and God will not hold my sins against me. Philippians 3:9 – And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.
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There are three more awesome benefits (gifts) that salvation brings to the believer. Without these benefits, we could never be accepted by God.
The first benefit is called justification. To be justified means to be “declared righteous.” When God saves us, He credits us as having Jesus’ perfect righteousness. When God looks at us, He does not see filthy, sinful souls anymore. Instead, He sees Christ. He looks at us just as if we had never sinned, and we are accepted.
Being accepted goes along closely with the next benefit, which is adoption. Adoption is the benefit of salvation that causes us to be made God’s children (Galatians 3:26). The Father lovingly cares for His children and protects them. Through adoption, we become members of God’s family – permanently.
And as family, we look forward to a day when there will be a physical reunion with Christ. We will see Him as He is, and we will go to live with Him forever.
1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Jesus must also change our bodies in order to make us fit for heaven. This change is called glorification, which is the thirdbenefit, that allows us to be accepted by God. When our bodies are glorified, they will be like Jesus’ body (Philippians 3:21) – perfectly free from sin, pain, and sickness.
Romans 8:30 – Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
When thinking about how richly we have been blessed, it is hard to believe that at one time, all of us were God’s enemies. But because of the benefits that God provided us through salvation, we have been made right with Him. And guess what? It is not something we did – it is something He did! From first to finish, A to Z, salvation is of the Lord! Praise God!