Tozer Devotional

Wed, February 28, 2018

The Just One who Justifies

Sinners are always trying to add things up to see how far they must go to deal with the sin problem in their lives. But their moral conscience, if they would honestly listen to it, informs them that only some great resource of merit outside themselves can ever satisfy the obligation. They are head-over-heels in moral debt to the God who made heaven and earth. Every human has a few things he or she thinks are good enough to be put into the necessary fund of merit, but they are never sufficient to pay the debt.

One word describes the sinner. He or she is a rebel, not just in rebellion against his or her own kind, but against God and His kingdom. Suppose a rebellious criminal, locked in one of London's prisons, should ask for an audience with the queen. Such a person, who had struck at the safety of all the queen symbolizes, would have to be pardoned before any other arrangements were even contemplated. He would have to change his lifestyle, for a rebel could not enter the presence of the queen.

But something else would be necessary. He would have to exchange his prison garb for proper dress. Only if he were clean and groomed for the occasion could he expect to be presented to the queen.

That illustration, however imperfect, is a picture of the sinner's plight. If he or she is to stand in fellowship before a holy God, the rebellion must end, there must be forgiveness and pardon, there must be cleansing and the new garments of righteousness. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed for this very purpose. The eternal Son of God has accomplished all this, the just dying for the unjust—an awesome and amazing act by the One who made the worlds and upholds all things by the word of His power.

Verse

God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, . . . so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:25–26

Thought

How completely and utterly amazing is the love of God who gives His Son in atoning sacrifice for our sin so that through faith in Him we might be fully justified!

Prayer

O Lord, You have taken my sin-filthiness and clothed me in Your righteousness. What love!

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 7 - Jesus, the Eternal Word

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