Thursday, January 25, 2007

Christ as righteousness for us

  • Luke 18:9-14 "He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Are we looking totally away from ourselves? When we see ourselves standing before the holy Judge, and knowing that to escape condemnation we must be found righteous in this all-knowing, infinitely-just court, what are we going to look to and trust in? On behalf of Jesus, for our justification we look not at or trust in what God has worked in us. But we look at and trust in Christ alone and all that God is for us in Him. May I live this Gospel in my life today.

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