The Blessed Man
I have been reading through Romans and I came across Romans 4:7-8. It says:
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
Paul is discussing justification. His main aim in this section is that justification is by faith. His first Old Testament example of this concept is Abraham. In these two verses Paul quotes David as his second example.
The amazing part of this passage is that we, as believers, are still living in the flesh and thus do still commit sin. Yet, we are still justified in the eyes of the Lord.
What I am not saying is that we can go on sinning and we wont be held responsible. That goes against Romans 6:1 that says:
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
We see that Paul is explicit in asserting that just because we have been justified that does not give us the right to continue in sin. Justification is only a part of salvation. God’s aim in salvation isn’t just about justifying people but conforming people into the likeness of Jesus. We are shown this in what is known as the Golden Chain of Redemption. The Golden Chain is Romans 8:29-30 which says:
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
I could write extensively on this passage but the first phrase is what I want to point out. Before Paul even gets to justification he makes sure we see that being “conformed to the image” of Jesus is God’s main importance. Christians are foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified for a purpose. That purpose is that we, as his people, are conformed to the image of Jesus.
If our sins are not counted against us we have confidence in our salvation. The saved person will not continue in sin because the saved person will be “conformed to the image” of Jesus. And that conforming power is why Christians can be called “blessed” as Romans 4:8 says.
With all of that said I have one question for you.
Are you the blessed man of Romans 4:8?