From a land of misery, His blood brought me out
and with His Life dealt with death, it was a total rout
With syllable of grace He ended the bout
Grace! Great Grace, that is all He is about
When I behold His cross, all I see is majesty
and though all seemed lost, He endured a gruesome travesty
for God Himself donned on flesh and drank the cup of iniquity
all for Love He gave it all to rescue frail humanity
Not by works lest I DARE to make a boast
He gave His Life a gift for all men from Capetown to Ivory Coast
so it is all about Him, Nothing else attached
We are perfect in Christ, this is the GOSPEL CHARTER – Written by JMD
To receive Jesus as Lord and Savior is to receive the Gift of Righteousness.
Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.).
Everyone who has believed the Gospel has been made righteous in God’s sight.
Romans 10:9 [That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.]
10 [For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.]
Righteousness doesn’t happen after we receive salvation, rather it is what we become at salvation.
Romans 8:31-34 (KJV)
31 [What shall we then say to these things? If God] be[ for us, who ] can be [ against us?]
32 [He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?]
33 [Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? ] It is [God that justifieth.]
34 [Who ] is [he that condemneth?] It is [Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.]
Everything that comes in salvation is free. It means no conditions are attached. Nothing to achieve or aim for or at. Just to receive. This at times makes us uncomfortable, living in a reward system where everything is earned or gained. We kind of imagine how incredible the above verses must be. We are not just pardoned and let go to “sin no more”.
We were not just told “okay I forgive you but ensure this doesn’t happen anymore”. We are (were) declared not guilty. Nothing can be brought against us successfully. In the Father’s sight we are without blame or guilt. We are Righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:17 [Therefore if any man ] be[ in Christ, ] he is[ a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.]
18 [And all things ] are[ of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;]
19 [To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.]
We are new creatures. In Him. God doesn’t impute (count sins) because of the punishment meted out to (on) His Son, Jesus.
This is the charter of the Gospel. It is why the message of salvation is properly so called, The Good news.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
If we believe He (Jesus) took our place, then we MUST accept that it is so that we have His. We are now conditionally and positionally without guilt. We are God’s righteousness in Christ. It’s not attained, it’s not achieved. We are (were) made so. It is not our doing or making. It’s attributed to Him. Alone.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJV)
8 [For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: ] it is[ the gift of God:]
9 [Not of works, lest any man should boast.]
10 [For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.]
We have become His masterpiece. His handiwork. Attributed to Him alone. We shouldn’t try and take the glory. Only He could have done this.
Declare sinners not guilty. Make them free from guilt.
That’s His work.
1 Corinthians 1:29 [That no flesh should glory in his presence.]
30 [But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:]
31 [That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.]
No boastings. No “Mr me or I”. It’s all in Him and by Him and through Him. At times we want to take His glory. We count it impossible for God to give all the glory to His Son Jesus. We want some glory space. Our tears, repentance, works, deeds, actions, faithfulness, honesty. These could never have mattered to Him. We are and will remain righteous because of all that Jesus did.
Hebrews 10:10 [By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once ] for all[.]
11 [And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:]
12 [But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;]
13 [From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.]
14 [For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.]
He perfected us forever. Many dread the word eternal. Get used to it!
Hebrews 9:12 [Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption] for us.
Our redemption is forever.
Hebrews 9:15 [And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions] that were[ under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.]
Our inheritance is forever.
Hebrews 5:9[And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;]
Salvation in Christ is eternal. Eternal means forever.
Hebrews 7:25 [Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.]
Uttermost means forever and completely.
This is so because He (Jesus) is the surety and advocate whose work is eternal.
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
The life received at salvation is eternal, We shall Never perish. Nothing can snatch us away.
All that Jesus has done for us are Eternal in classification.
Same with Righteousness.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
God and His Word are one. We can count on His word rather than our experiences or feelings or some non-Christ-centred teachings. By faith alone. In Christ Alone. By Grace alone, giving glory to Him alone .