Romans 4:6-8. just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
Blessed = Happy.
Thomas Jefferson got it wrong. You can’t pursue happiness. Happiness can’t be caught. It can’t be found by looking for it. It’s one of those things (like grace) that the more you try to get it, the more it just doesn’t actually exist anymore.
Paul’s (taken from King David) equation for happiness is far better:
- God wipes out all of your sin.
- God gives you all of his righteousness.
- Now, you’re happy.
What makes you #blessed? Is it the Crate and Barrel gift card? The date night with your spouse? The four green lights in a row?
Or is it not having your sin counted against you in a court of law. Unlike Tom Haverford (above), we don’t have to put words in the mouth of the judge. “Case dismissed” has already been spoken.
This ends the pursuit of happiness, and begins the reception of happiness. Blessedness is declared over us. It is an outside word. An alien righteousness. An imputation. A counting. Legizomai – to be reckoned, computed, calculated, to pass to one’s account. Righteousness counted to us, sins never counted against us. Welcome to the real #blessed!
This is a blessing far beyond anything circumstantial. This blessing can sustain you in both the best of times and the worst of times. The imputed righteousness of God alone is our hope. Our happiness. Everything else will fade. It will falter.
But this blessing is eternally connected to the glorious work of Jesus himself, not your own works. Jesus was #cursed so that we could be #blessed.
Galatians 3:13. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
Now, God doesn’t just recuse himself from our case. He actively moves from being the judge to being the Father. The dad who turns his heart toward us in forgiveness. It’s not just the cancelling of the debt accrued by our lawless deeds. It is the welcome home of the Prodigal. That’s #blessed.
Now, the once covered sins are forever put away. King David, living in the Old Covenant, lived under the covering of sins by the blood of bulls and goats. But we who are living in the New Covenant and union with Christ, live not under the covering of our sin, but under the cancelling of our sin. This is #blessed.
Romans 3:25. [Jesus] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
Now, every sin has been erased from our account. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin. Surely this is not about circumstances or situational blessing. Our sin often brings ruin to our situations and circumstances – hearts broken, property lost, physical consequences, lost loved ones. This was true of King David when he wrote these words. But the real blessing is knowing that God has not counted the sin against us in terms of eternity. On judgment day your slate is clean. That’s #blessed.
“To live is Christ” is the only way to experience this real and true blessing of God. The blessing of forgiven and cancelled sin and imputed righteousness is only found in our union with Christ.
How do you see blessedness? What is God’s blessing to you? Is it rooted in your situation and what you want? Or is it rooted in your righteousness in Christ?