Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Meditation: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Sinner is a perfectly good word because it speaks to the truth of our fallen states before God. We are not simply wayward, mixed up, hankering for the good life but missing it. We are born in a desperate condition of being sinful with a bent toward the same. There is no one who has the “right” to be free from God’s wrath. If you escape His wrath, it is His choice. The word “glory” (doxa) is used in the New Testament with two distinct meanings. It means (1)reputation, or (2) brightness, especially the brightness or splendor which radiates from the presence of God. The second must be the meaning here. It is the majesty or goodness or God as manifested to men. Jesus Justified: God reckons, or pronounces, or treats as righteous the ungodly who has no righteousness of his own to show. It is faith that is reckoned for righteousness; faith in Christ is accepted instead of personal merit gained by good works.