Reckoned as Righteous
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 5 Tuesday
“Reckoned as Righteous” How many times have you heard that phrase?
Which Law lens are you hearing it through?
Many authors use synonyms “accounted”, “credited”, “counted” and “imputed” instead of “reckoned”. What do these terms mean? Some say it’s a legal metaphor.
Some say it’s a business / Accounting metaphor. Even from a business/Accounting perspective, it makes more sense than from a legal one.
In my practice book keeping, I don’t “credit” myself with money that I don’t have. If I have the $$$, it goes in the credit column. If I’m owed money, I can’t call the bank and tell them “just put it in my account – it’s coming eventually.”
Could we come up with a healthcare version of this?
Could we say “Abraham believed God and was diagnosed as righteous”?
Too many “scholars” would have us believe that God’s voicing of Abraham’s righteousness made it so. I believe that’s backwards. Abraham trusted God, opened his heart to the Spirit of Truth and Love, and his character was transformed, so God declared him righteous –
BECAUSE. HE. WAS.
God accurately diagnosed Abraham’s character as healed. God didn’t have to speak him in to righteousness, nor did he declare him righteous – even though he wasn’t. God didn’t lie about Abraham’s character, and He doesn’t lie about ours.
From the lesson:
“The Bible is clear: Abraham’s obedience was not grounds for his justification; it was, instead, the result. He didn’t do the things he did in order to be justified; he did them because he already was. Justification leads to obedience, not vice versa.”
Thank You. Well said.
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