Quick Thoughts, ix. Rest Found in an Alien Righteousness

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all, despite their connection with Jesus Christ, continue to sin and to fall short of the glory of God. This is not surprising to us, for we who are in Christ are continually commanded to forsake our flesh and to turn away from our sinful passions and to turn to our Advocate and our Righteousness for forgiveness when we do fall into various sins. We know full well that our salvation is not of ourselves and that our righteousness is not our own, yet at times when we do sin, the Adversary swoops in and attempts to place on us again a burden we were never meant to bear. It is in times such as these that we, instead of falling and immediately running back into our Father’s arms, are convinced that our shame is too great, and we sulk in our sin for days and weeks. We feel that are communion with God is severed, and we feel more like sons of the devil than like sons of God. In these times, we must be all the more vigilant to place upon our heads the Helmet of the Gospel that declares to us afresh that we are clothed with an alien Righteousness and have unbroken communion with the Father through our perfect Mediator, Jesus Christ. The Adversary wishes us to think that we are cut off from God because our failings; we should not give him the pleasure of such a victory.



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