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Justification


One of the greatest mind blowing Truths I have ever come across in the Bible, is Samson’s name being among the heroes of faith. Men who did not only do great exploits in God’s name but were also said to be righteous before Him.

(Heb 11:32) And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

(Heb 11:33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

(Heb 11:34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

You know I could have easily agreed that David was a righteous man even though he occasionally sinned. At least he was remorseful, confessed his sins and even asked for forgiveness. But Samson? He was in no way half of the man that David was.

Except for a few moments before his death, there is never a place in the scriptures where he ever became sorry for his sins nor even promised to live by the Law like his fellow Israelites. He took pleasure in always mixing with the ungodly and allowed lust to continuously overwhelm him.

By reading Judges chapter 13 to chapter 16, you’ll see a whole lot of things that were wrong about this man. Even the ones your Sunday School teacher never told you about. Like the fact that he even killed himself (a kind of suicide) alongside his enemies.

It is this Samson the writer of Hebrews being inspired of God, told us was righteous therefore saved? I mean, Samson of all people? Righteous before God? Take a look at it one more time in the Word

(Heb 11:32) And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

(Heb 11:33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions

If Samson, Rahab the harlot (Heb.11:31) and the man David with all their faults and weaknesses could be said to have “wrought righteousness,” then we need to take a closer look at this thing called “righteousness” and how it comes about.

According to Thayer’s New Testament Greek Lexicon, Righteousness in a broad sense is the “state of him who is as he ought to be,” “the condition acceptable to God.” Simply put, Righteousness is the state of being completely right and acceptable to God. Being able to stand before Him sinless.

Although there are two kinds of righteousness - one by works, the other by faith through grace. The one that guarantees us Salvation is the later which is the righteousness of God by faith. It is freely given to all who totally depends on God’s grace and not their efforts for salvation.

(Rom 3:21) But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

(Rom 3:22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

(Rom 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(Rom 3:24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

(Rom 3:25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

(Rom 3:26) To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

This is the kind of righteousness Samson received of God by faith in His grace. Not only him, even Abraham and all heroes of faith received the same.

(Rom 4:2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

(Rom 4:3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

(Rom 4:4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace,

Adeyemi Victory

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