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Topic: BLESSED (03/07/19)
- TITLE: KING DAVID'S DESCRIPTION OF A BLESSED MAN
By Daniel Emmanuel
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Or you have a boss at work. And no matter how on schedule you meet the deadline, they will still say, “you can do better next time.” Can you relate?
For example, I am a writer. There are times I have had submissions revised over. When I initially submitted it, I felt it was the best. Well, the client’s satisfaction is always the goal. Though in my head, I'm like, “what can please this client?!”
These are mortal men who only see your actions, but seem hard to please. Now, think about God, who sees your thoughts; your real intentions behind everything you say or do. How would you be able to please Him?
I mean, He already knows WHY you did or said something. Also, there are times you could have done something good, but you didn't...and God saw it all! So how will you be able to stand right before Him? How? We can't of ourselves!
No wonder Isaiah in the KJV said, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags..."
There are some schools individuals wish to attend, but can’t because of resources. Some others get a scholarship and are students in the same school. They didn’t pay for the education, they were simply given.
I said the above to say this: To have a right stand with God, it is either impossible or given. Not just given, but an undeserved gift. It's either granted or there is no chance at it. No wonder David called this man that will be declared righteous “blessed”.
“A blessed man is a man whose stand before God is not based on personal merit but by grace.” –Pastor Emmanuel Iren. Who is this man? King David tells us:
1 Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered.
2 Blessed [is] the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile.
Apostle Paul quotes him in Romans 4:6-8:
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
This is the description of a blessed man! The man whose sins are forgiven; the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him. The man who will have a right stand before God not based on personal merit, but by grace.
Is there such a man whose sins the Lord will not impute? If he does exist, then truly he is blessed. Does this man exist? Praise God, he does!
2 Corinthians 5:17-19
17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Glory to the Father! The man David spoke about is the man in Christ! In Christ, God has reconciled us to Himself. How? Not imputing our trespasses unto us, but making us righteous in Christ.
21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Hallelujah! Like David said, “a blessed man is one whom God imputes righteousness without works.” That man is the man in Christ. The man who has believed the Gospel is a blessed man.
Jesus was made sin for you that you might be made righteous. Jesus died for your sins and now God sees you in Him always. This is the true blessing. This is worth more than gold!
Forever, our stand in Christ as righteous is a blessing. You may not have billions just yet, but you have Christ; you are in Christ; blessed are you. You have something more than gold…a right stand with the Father. Blessed are you!
FOOTNOTE: All scriptures referenced are from the KJV.
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