We Are “Counted” As Righteous When We Believe God

Let’s imagine that you are standing before God. God asks, “Why should I let you in to my heaven?”
What do you say?
Some people might say, “Well God, I was a good person. I lived a morally clean life.”
Others might say, “Lord, I gave lots of money to charity.”
Others might say, “Lord, I think I raised three good kids.”
All of those reasons are good but, they don’t get us into heaven. After hearing us so those things, the Lord will say to us, “Your righteousness is like filthy rags.”
So, if we can’t give enough or do enough or be good enough to get into heaven, how do we do it? The ONLY way we can get into heaven is to have our sins forgiven. As we stand before God, we are sinners and we can’t do anything about that. We have to have help.
And we received LOTS of help. God sent His Son to this earth to die on the cross for our sins. On the cross, Jesus took the punishment for our sins. He paid our sin debt. Now, man has to believe in what Jesus did on the cross. When man believes in Jesus, our sin debt is paid.
Paul talked about this in Romans. Paul referred to Abraham and said, “Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3). The same happens for us. When we believe in Jesus, it is reckoned unto us as righteous. The word “reckoned” means “to count” or “to charge with.” So, the moment we believe Christ, We are counted as righteous… We are then, right with God. We have believed in Jesus saving death on the cross and in doing that, we are then counted righteous.
So, we can’t work our way into heaven. We can’t give enough. We can’t be good enough. But, we don’t have to. When we believe in Jesus, it is “reckoned” or we are counted as righteous.
Give thanks to God for counting us as righteous before God.

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