Monday, February 28, 2011
Strength From Apparent Weakness
I’ve been thinking lately about the practical implications of the doctrine of the imputation of the righteousness of Christ to the believer. I may even write something about it—a list, perhaps.I agree thematically, but I think it is deeper. Way too many people take statements like what Rebecca made here and use it as reason to not try. But nothing could be further from the truth.
It turns our sighing and mourning over the imperfections of our best service to God into rejoicing because our imperfect service becomes righteous service in God’s eyes based on the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us. Rather than becoming discouraged over the deficiencies in our good works for God we become encouraged by their acceptableness to God, who sees them through the lens of Christ’s work.
You see, the imputation of Christ's righteousness also means we can be indwelled by the Holy Spirit and therefore have the capability to do things well. Still not us doing them - not by any means. Our approach to doing well must change radically - it is no longer about us, it is about Him - but nonetheless, that imputation gives us the capability for the first time in our lives to actually do well.
Our weakness, our humility becomes strength, though it is not our strength - it is the Holy Spirit's.