The Book of Romans – The Joy of the Lord

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“David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” Romans 4:6-8

Paul used David as a witness, quoting from one of David’s psalms of confession after his terrible sin with Bathsheba. David made two amazing statements: God forgives and imputes righteousness apart from works; God does not impute our sin. In other words, once we are justified, our record contains Christ’s perfect righteousness and can never again contain our sins. Christians do sin, and these sins need to be forgiven if we are to have fellowship with God, but these sins are not held again us. God does keep a record of our good works, so that He might reward us when Jesus comes, but He is not keeping a record of our sins. “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So, we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7) The key to our righteousness with Jesus Christ is if we are living in the light of God. King David knew what it was like to be a guilty sinner and he knew that he needed forgiveness for his sins. No sinner, no matter how hard he works can carry his own sins away and come back cleansed of guilt. No amount of money, no science, no inventive skill, no armies nor any earthly power can carry away sin and its guilt. Only God can carry our sins away. What a joy to be living in the light of God and know that our sins are forgiven.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23)

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