Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous.
Ada didn’t believe that God had forgiven her her sins but somehow sought for a way to pay for them. Because of this, she didn’t receive the cleansing of the Lord and found that the sin still had power over her, thus she could not continue to resist it and became a slave to it.
As she sought for help, she realized that understanding that her right standing with God was first because of Christ’s righteousness made her able to receive the forgiveness of God and cleansing from all unrighteousness.
When a believer acknowledges his sins and repents before the Lord, he receives forgiveness of sins and cleansing from all unrighteousness(see 1 John 1:9). Forgiveness takes away the guilt and restores our confidence before God, but cleansing from all unrighteousness takes away the power of unrighteousness that weakens us and ensures that we go back to our sins. Those who receive God’s forgiveness are those who can also receive His cleansing.
It is important for believers to always remember that the most important factor of our right standing with God is the righteousness of Christ Jesus. Even though after we have received the kingdom, we are expected to yield to the righteousness of Christ and let it manifest through us, the definition of self-righteousness in a believer is a righteousness and confidence that is not based on (and does not stem from) the righteousness of Christ, but one that is based on his own performance.
Go into today remembering that what consistently undermines the liberating power of grace in the life of the believer is trust in self-righteousness, rather than total faith in the righteousness of Jesus.
Receiving forgiveness of sins is predicated on faith in the sacrifice and righteousness of Jesus.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to deliver you from every trust in self-righteousness and help you repose all your trust in Him alone.
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