The Gospel – Fri – 22-12-16

I once read a book about accounting. Let me tell you, it was no page turner. I remember learning confusing concepts like debits and credits, accruals and more. But I didn’t need an accounting book to learn the most important thing about my personal bank accounts. What was it? The delightful ability for someone else to deposit money into my account. You know what I’m talking about. Most people receive their salary and wages through electronic transfer of funds. Aren’t you glad?

Such transfers illustrate how Jesus’ death can benefit us. Romans 4:23-25 says, ‘The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.’ (NIV)

The word credited used in this passage is a bookkeeping term. Think of it like an electronic funds transfer. When we sin, we owe God punishment. It’s like a debt at the bank. The penalty for sin is death. We can pay it. Or we can accept the payment Jesus made. When we trust God and believe in the resurrection of Jesus, God marks our account paid in full. Now that’s the type of accounting that truly is good news!

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