To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness
Him that justifieth the ungodly, what wonderful words. What wonderful news for those of us who are ungodly. It is wonderful to know that there is One who justifies those like us. God saves wicked men and receives the vilest of the vile. Paul wrote these words by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In these words, God writing through Paul takes this title, Justifier of the ungodly.
He makes just those that are unjust, forgives those that should be punished. This does not make sense because of the natural legality of our hearts. We tend to think that it is our goodness that makes God notice us, and our own righteousness that causes Him to have mercy and grace towards us. This could not be further from the truth. God’s grace is unmerited and mercy is something that is not deserved.
If you are not deserving of God’s love, I have good news for you, God justifieth the ungodly. God counts those as righteous who put their trust in His Son and what He did for us on the cross. The only time in the New testament when the term “fallen from grace” is used, it is used to describe a group of people who were relying on their own works and righteousness to make themselves acceptable to God. This is found in Galatians 5:4.
Consequently, if you are a righteous person, I have bad news for you, Christ is become of no effect to you and grace you will not receive because it cannot be bought by you and your righteousness. It is not that God will not give it to you, it is your decision in your pride not to receive it.
If you will humble yourself before Him and confess that you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself, that your righteousness is as filthy rags, He will impart His grace to you and He will count your faith in His Son and what he accomplished at the cross as righteousness on your behalf.
Righteousness simply means to be right with God. We cannot be right with God apart from faith in Jesus, His death on the cross for our sins and his resurrection.
It is a free gift from God. Grace by definition cannot be earned, it is unmerited favor.
God justifies us, we cannot do it on our own. Our sin is covered by the blood of Jesus and when God looks at us he chooses to look at us through that cleansing flood and sees us as righteous because of the work that Jesus did on our behalf. This is good news indeed,
Thoughts taken from Spurgeon’s book, “All of Grace”.
Him that justifieth the ungodly.