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                  Romans Sermon Series                                         Romans 4:6-8                       Sermon #28-6314  (RW-10221)

Romans 4:6-8  Sermon #28-6314  (RW-10221)

6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, to whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 
Romans 4:6-8  

As we begin our study today we first need to get a better understanding of a few words used by Paul in his letter to the Roman Church.
In our English language the word describe means to give a description or to define something to the best of one’s ability. But a better translation here using the original Greek definition is to pronounce or to write, even to list the truth about something.
So David pronounced the truth about the blessedness of a man. It is more of a certainty, a listing of the facts, pronounced or written without doubt.
Now what is blessedness? It is a man that is favored?
If we read the Beatitudes using this translation we will get a fuller understanding of what Jesus was saying to us. Instead of something that may seem abstract or disconnected from everything else, as in saying or feeling blessed at a particular time or event, blessed has a more whole and continuous meaning when correctly translated or defined. It is better translated as favored in the present tense, which is continuous until the one that is blessed makes it end.
Matthew 5:3-11 
3 Blessed (favored) are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
4 Blessed (favored) are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 
5 Blessed (favored) are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 
6 Blessed (favored) are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled. 
7 Blessed (favored) are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 
8 Blessed (favored) are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 
9 Blessed (favored) are the peace-makers: for they shall be called children of God. 
10 Blessed (favored) are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
11 Blessed (favored) are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
So in verse 6 of our text, David is pronouncing the favoritism of the man that is imputed or attributed righteousness. He is saying we are as Gods own Son Jesus. We are His favorites. We are reckoned or attributed Jesus' righteousness.
Get a handle on this folks. The true Christian is favored so much by God that He attributes the righteousness of Jesus Christ to us! God loves me so much He treats me like His own Son. 
As a Christian, you are not just saved, you are God's favorite!
Now one might say, "How could I be God's favorite if someone else is?" 
First, In God's sight there are no better than thou Christians. This is only in mans sight and the better than thou’s are probably not true Christians anyway; most certainly they are among the poorly taught or deceived.
Second as we view the beginning of John 3:16 it says:       
16 For God so loved the world,----------God loved and still loves the world. Everything and everyone in it is His favorite. Man was given free will and fell out of favor with God. Man chose to end his blessedness. Man became a vessel full of the attributes of un-holiness. Man chose sin by his reasoning instead of being blessed or favored through faith filled obedient fellowship with God. 
Our text reads;                                                                                             7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.   
Yes, David had taken another man’s wife; yes he had arranged for that man to be killed; yes he lied to cover his sin. These were all sins against mankind; sins against men that God created just as He created you and me.
Therefore, they were sins against God.
Here is the point. David knew the Law. The written Word of God. Abraham did not have the written Word of God but God spoke to Him directly----still the Word of God.
Going against the Word of God is sin. It's missing the mark on purpose or falling short knowingly. 
If you sin against another, you sin against God.
God wants to forgive us of our sins against Him, which includes; sins against His Word and sins against each other.
Matthew 7:12                                                                                            Therefore, all things whatever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.  
If you treat your fellow man as a lesser than yourself, if you are judgmental in anyway, if you are condemning or curse another human being that God has made in His own image just like you and I; you have sinned against God. 
Gen 12:7 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 
This is serious folks. We are far too lax in our practice of honoring our fellow man. We are far too critical of what others do, say and are. We may not agree with what they say or do. If they reach out for help; choose to follow the Word of God and reach out to them, or if they defy and refuse to listen to and follow the Word; have nothing to do with them, but remember they are God's creations also.   If we are all precious in His sight then others should be just as precious in our sight. There may come a time when they will reach out and we should always be ready and willing to snatch them from the fire.
James 5:19-20                                                                             19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;                                                                               20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. 
If we are so thankful for the assurance of eternal life through faith and obedience to Jesus Christ, we should be much more willing to look past the sin of others long enough to reach out to the sinner. God does not want anyone to go to hell. We should be like minded.
If you know the Word of God and refuse to follow it, you have sinned against God.                                                                                  
Abraham lived before the written law, before the history of Israel was recorded. Abraham’s life of faith was counted to him as righteousness and he became the father of many nations. God promised Abraham, He cut covenant with him and Abraham believed God's Words to Him.
Whenever Abraham would turn aside from doing exactly as God told him to do, things would not go well. Abraham and David both, by their own free will chose to remove themselves from God's blessedness as they turned away from Gods Word. Notice I said they turned away, God did not. He was right there when they decided to confess and repent. That doesn't mean the consequences of their acts did not follow them the rest of their lives, however they returned to the favoritism, the blessedness of God.                               
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.   
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 
Blessed is the man that is not counted as a sinner. Blessed is he that sin is not reckoned or attributed to him. Once again this is not God, this is mans doing. This is every living second of our lives that is taken into account.                                            God does not pile sin on us --- we do!                                           God piles his love and mercy and grace and forgiveness and favoritism on us. 
How? Through faith in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Once again we see Gods plan, Gods Promise in our lives as in Abraham's and David's lives.
Abraham believed God and it was attributed or imputed to him as righteousness.                                                                            We believe in Jesus Christ and His righteousness is attributed or imputed to us.
David sinned against God, but believed that through confession and repentance he would be restored to favoritism, blessedness in the sight of God. He believed that his sins would be covered, blotted out, removed, washed away by a Holy and Righteous God.
We also are washed clean the very moment we sincerely, whole heartedly confess and repent and put our faith in our Holy and Righteous Savior, Jesus Christ. 
We become God's favorites. 
And as long as we fear sinning against God, sinning against His Word or His Creation we will stand in the blessedness of God. We are imputed the Righteousness of His Son. 
We are all going to sin in one way or another, but to fear doing so and confessing and repenting when we do, keeps us in the present tense of blessing. A continuous state of favoritism.
Are you ready to stand in the righteousness of Jesus Christ?
Are you ready to be God's favorite with His Son Jesus?
Confess your sins, turn away from what you do and say that is creating that sin and turn toward the living and Holy Word of God. Fear sinning against His Word and our fellow man.
Live in blessedness.
Amen. 
Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church Ministry
Original Sermon Date 6/3/14

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