Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
– Psalm 32:2
Or in other words, blessed is the man who is counted perfectly righteous before God.
I’m not a very good gift giver. I tend to give people what I like – books. I have given my wife many books over the years and I think she forgives me. But just because she forgives me doesn’t make me a good gift giver. It means I have a second chance which I could very well use to buy another book.
Being forgiven is not the same as being righteous. It means a clean slate and a second chance. This sounds like good news but it is actually terrible news. If you give me a second chance to buy something other than a book, it’s possible I’ll take it. But if you give me a second chance to flap my arms and fly out of a window, there is no hope.
We need more than a second chance with God because which of us can be perfectly righteous, without sin, even for one day? Who can stand before a holy God? Scripture is perfectly clear.
 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
– Romans 3:10-12
Thankfully God gives us more than a second chance. Â He offers to count unrighteous people righteous.
 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
– Isaiah 53:11
Jesus not only takes our sin and gives us forgiveness; He also lives a perfect, sinless life and gives it to us that we might receive the reward He deserves.
Praise God that He is just but not fair! It’s not fair for a teacher to take a test and give a student credit. It’s not fair for a parent to raise a child and for a stranger to boast. And it’s not fair that Jesus lives a perfect life and sinners can enter into the presence of God and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into your master’s rest!”