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Remembering the Gospel (2): The Righteous Standing of Christ

December 2, 2009

“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22

After John the Baptist brought Jesus up from the water, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus and the Father said to him, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  This text displays the sweet communion the Son has with the Father, not just in that moment, but from all of eternity.  Yet, for Christians, this proclamation is good news – “gospel” good news!

We are sinners and God is not pleased with our sinfulness.  No one can stand before our righteous God on their own standing and live.  We are sinful and deserve God’s judgment.  From Adam onward, no one can claim to be righteous.

Yet, we see Jesus.  The divine Son of God – the Creator and Sustainer of the universe – came and put on humanity, becoming like us in every way.  While still preserving his divine Sonship, he lived as a perfect man, so that those who would trust in the saving promises of God in Christ would have his righteous obedience accounted to them.  When God sees those who repent and believe, he does not count their sins against them, but credits them with the righteousness of Christ.  Therefore, because God is well pleased with his Son, he is well pleased with those who have been united with Christ, through faith.

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