Just As Though I’d Always Obeyed
- Date: March 27, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." (Romans 8:29-30)
- From Put On Christ
In Romans 8, let's take a look at a couple of these verses and then go on and see what the Lord has for us. Chapter eight of Romans, verses 29 - 30, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified." We'll be talking about this aspect as we go on in the study. The word justified; justification is an interesting term. The word, justification, there's an easy way to remember what it means and how it applies to our lives. But it's one of the great understandings of our redemption. The word just-if-i-cation can be rendered "Just-as-if-I'd-never-sinned." Do you relate to Father that way? You know, in prayer tonight or this morning when you were doing your devotions, or how about when you were going through the day. Are you walking in the awareness "I am holy. I am righteous, just as though I'd never sinned. I am in relationship with my Father like Adam had before the fall"? Do you think that would bring peace to your day? Do you think it would bring a joy to you that maybe, sometimes, we're warring to walk in? What would that do, if we really believed that, to the fear factor? What do you think the belief of that would do to a person who's trying to, through works, merit a relationship with God? It would free us from that; wouldn't it? Wouldn't it take all of that works mentality and all of the Judaizers' methodology and just cast it away because "My life in Christ" is just as if I had never sinned?
We'll see as we go on in the study, but I want you to get this for your notes. A term that I read just the other day; I don't remember reading it before in all of my years of study. I just came across it and I don't know who the originator of it is or I'd give them credit. I'm not the originator, but I love this phrase. "Justification not only is just as though I'd never sinned, but justification causes us to be able to say, 'Just as if I'd always obeyed.'" Think about that. It reaffirms. It's saying the same thing but it reaffirms and helps us with that compelling desire, and there's nothing wrong with this. When we get redeemed, when we're born again we want to please Father, don't we? The thing that bums us out is our disobedience! "How could I disobey? How could I fail my Father who loves me and Who's given Himself for me?" And understand that this justification that we have in the finished work of Jesus, justification that remains and abides in us as the redeemed of the Lord as we abide in Christ, is just as though I'd always obeyed.
Now, we know that there only One that's always obeyed, don't we? But see, as we walk as the redeemed, the justified, all of His obedience is applied to our account. When God sees us, He sees us just as He sees Jesus. "I do always those things that please him" (John 8:29). And so here we stand tonight. Father looks at me and He sees a man that has always done what pleases Him! I'm just going to share with you up front; I have trouble believing that all the time. I'm guilty, at times, of bringing things from behind the back of God, things that He's cast into the sea of forgetfulness. I bring those back up and entertain them, especially at times when the devil's condemning me with them. Has anybody here ever sinned and is ashamed of how you rejected the goodness of your Father and the love of your Father and the enemy tried to bring that up in your life? And you begin to entertain it and you begin to agree with the devil and you begin to agree with your own pride. The only way out of that is to remember who we are in Jesus. To be able to stand up boldly and speak against your own tendencies and to look right in the face of the devil and say "I don't have a clue who you're talking about because I've always obeyed my Father." That takes faith.