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Our Cause is God's Promise through Christ's Righteousness
I Sam. 24:15
by Heshimu Colar

We only deal with God one way, either by Law or by grace. God does not start us off at the throne of grace, and then (as we progress) move over to a throne of creature merit. God either deals with you from a throne of grace and satisfaction, or He will meet you later at the throne of His unsatisfied justice and eternal wrath. The Throne of Grace is where we receive according to the merit of the One who sits there (Heb. 10:19-22). The Great White Throne is where sinners receive according to their own works (Rev. 21:11-15). Either you shall experience eternal condemnation from Sinai (because our works continually defile the Law), or you have perpetual peace and pardon by the life and death of the Substitute (Heb. 12:18-24).

We never do anything spiritually meritorious before God, therefore we don't want any promises that are conditioned upon our own works. (Rom. 4:2-3) "For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." The fact that we believe His Son's blood has justified God to freely give us the promise, without any contributing goodness or past faithfulness of our own, is enough. God declares you righteous, righteous as if you'd kept the entire Law. Believers, this is how we stand in Christ. Our future heavenly body of righteousness is reserved for later, but our standing in righteousness is our possession right now. We do not possess a partial righteous, or a righteousness that needs improvement. We possess Christ's righteousness imputed to us, which cannot be spoken against by the very Law of God.

When God anointed David as king, it was the same as giving promise to Abraham. God declared what He was going to do, and according to faith, the believer gives glory to God ". being fully persuaded that what [God] has promised, [God] is able to perform (Rom. 4:21)." David, by refusing to slay Saul, shows that he learned from Abraham's error with Ishmael, and believed that God was able to fulfill His promise. Faith says, "God's promise is good enough. I will not take matters into my own hands." Faith says, "Father, you say that faith is enough; I trust you with nothing added. My cause is in your hand. Freely give me what is pleasing in Your sight, according to Your Word." By this faith, David told Saul, "The Lord therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand (I Sam. 24:15)." David's cause was God's cause, and therefore he was willing to wait. Likewise, we have a right to plead our cause, which is His every promise in Christ.

In prayer, we may confidently beseech our Lord knowing that He has bidden us to call upon Him at all times. We have no authority over the times or the seasons of His manifest presence, but being justified we have a RIGHT to commune with God upon His mercy seat (Eph. 3:12). Christ is our RIGHTeousnes, and we're commanded to approach by the merit of His redeeming blood (Heb. 10:19-22). Therefore, we will pursue God's promise and wait.

We may also plead our cause in the preaching of the Word. Paul was so zealous to declare the gospel that he confessed himself a debtor to all men. Why? Because the gospel is the saving declaration of God's righteousness, which is revealed from faith to faith (Rom. 1:14-17). from one degree of faith to another, and from one person's faith to another's through preaching. The philosophies and psychology's of human persuasion are worthless; Christ alone, by the unveiling of His Person and Work, has power to save. Therefore, we'll plead our cause in the ministry of the Word -that the Spirit would make known who Christ is. He's given His church preaching as her most important instrument in the salvation and edification of His elect. Therefore, we'll preach and pray for the advancement of His Word in confidence and patience. God will fulfill His promises when He will be most glorified. WAIT for Christ to speak, and give Him nothing but His own Word and righteousness while you wait. Our cause is His cause.

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