Christ is Our Righteousness and He Delights in Saving Sinners

UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.


[June 16, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]

(1 Tim 1:15)  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Christ is our righteousness. I am justified fully and completely before God by faith alone in Christ alone. I am righteous because Christ’s righteousness has been credited to me, and my sins credited to Him and fully paid for at the cross. Justice has been served, and God remains just. This is the good news of the gospel. If anyone is still thinking that it is by their performance that they will be accepted by God, then they are still approaching God by the Law, and the only result of the Law is condemnation, death, and hell. Christ justifies the UN-godly. Christ came into this world to save SINNERS. God’s love is such that it is not a matter of US loving Him first, but of HIM loving us while we were still sinners. If you would be just before God and be forgiven your sins, then you must cease all efforts from trying to make yourself “holy” enough so that God is somehow put into your debt and owes you that forgiveness. It won’t work.

And then we might mention a word here to anyone who might think that they are so miserable of a sinner that God would never forgive and accept them. Hear Christ’s own words, then read those of the Apostle Paul (above) once again:

(Mark 2:15-17)  And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The hymn-writer Joseph Hart had it exactly right:

Come, ye sinners [Internet Archive link]

(1) Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and pow’r.

(2) Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.

(3) Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.

(4) Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requires
Is to feel your need of Him.

[June 16, 2022: Editors’ notes:

—For some comments made prior to June 16, 2022 that quoted from the post, the text in the comment that was quoted from the post might no longer be an exact match.
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11 thoughts on “Christ is Our Righteousness and He Delights in Saving Sinners”

  1. That is a beautiful hymn! I never heard that one before. I like “Beautiful Scandalous Night” as one of my favorites, which the one shared reminded me of. Thanks for sharing the gospel. I think It’s important to keep this message on our hearts.

  2. Thank you Pastor Jeff for once again reminding us that our righteousness is in Christ, and not an ounce of it comes from ourselves, our good works, or good behavior. THIS is the message of Christ!

  3. Thank you for this message, Jeff. We are so programmed today that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” that it’s difficult to accept Christ’s free gift. I appreciate this reminder that it’s really, really, true that Jesus did indeed pay the debt for our sins.

  4. I have never heard that hymn before, it is so true. God needs nothing from us, we need Him completely. We are so in need and floundering that Jesus come to our rescue. Nothing else worked. No matter what God offered, we humans couldn’t follow the rules. Food for thought: We had a discussion about “the fall” tonight in Bible study and determined that it really wasn’t a fall, but a leaping off the cliff. The first couple knew what they were doing no matter the coercion involved. We call what happened in the garden “the fall” which implies an accident occurred, when they actually jumped in with both feet and found the water was really deep and they were drowning.

  5. Quoting from the hymn:

    All the fitness He requires
    Is to feel your need of Him.

    Again, I wrestle with the “head”(academic) and “heart: connection…

    Maybe I’m looking at this the wrong way, or maybe I’m unknowingly caught in a double-bind.

    We are told things like forgiveness are a decision, not a feeling.

    Then, in the hymn:

    feel your need of Him.

    I can feel physical pain, much more so than in times past.

    I can sometimes feel physical pain when I struggle mentally to find words to express myself.

    I can sometimes feel emotional pain if I am walking alongside someone else in support.

    I can always feel spiritual pain when I feel distant from God.

    I cannot connect the dots…and then my heart feels pain. Something is missing….

    1. Adding on to my own comment….

      I wrote:

      ….or maybe I’m unknowingly caught in a double bind.

      ^That (previously unknown) double bind no longer exists.

      The posts title:

      Christ is Our Righteousness and He Delights in Saving Sinners


      I wrote:

      Something is missing….

      I missed feeling Him.

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