God’s Gift to us


God tells us in His word in Psalm 107:2  that those who have been redeemed by the LORD should say so. Not that we have anything we have accomplished about which we should brag, but because of the great gift of grace and love that has been bestowed upon us by a loving Father,  through his Son and with the in-dwelling of his Holy Spirit.

Isaiah the prophet, wrote that if we repent we will be redeemed by righteousness. Isaiah 1:27.

Righteousness is always ascribed to us, if indeed we are considered righteous, by our Creator God. Job 36:3, Psalm 4:1. It is from Him that we receive any righteousness at all, Psalm 24:5, as we first saw with Abraham, Genesis 15:6. Under the New Covenant, this righteousness is obtained in only one way – the way of Christ

Paul described the righteousness obtained through Christ:

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

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Isaiah painted a beautiful picture of this “Way” in Isaiah 35.

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way;even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:8-10

What must our response be to all of this?

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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