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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, but of debt.

(Rom  4:5)  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth  the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Left  to his works, Samson wouldn’t have had a place in the kingdom of God.  He would have been sentenced to the “hottest” part of hell. To pay for  his sins and lust. But God who is rich in mercy, demonstrated His great  love for the man paralyzed by sin. In that He extended His grace towards  him, justifying him from all things his efforts as man couldn’t have  done for him.

(Eph 2:4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

(Eph 2:5)  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

(Eph 2:6)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

(Eph  2:7)  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of  his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

It  is not as if God has gone soft on sin. It doesn’t mean we should no  longer take heed to how we live our lives on the earth. He did all He  did for Samson so that when we are at our worst and feel unqualified to  stand before Him, we can look at someone like Samson and say “if God can  forgive and justify such a man, then He can do the same for me.”

Should  we emulate Samson’s lifestyle and live anyhow? God forbid! How can we  that have been freed from sin and enabled to live righteously go back to  such a lifestyle? If there is anything for us to emulate from Samson  today, it would be His faith and total dependence in God’s great love  and grace towards the sin ridden man.

No  matter how messed up your life is right now, look up to God and believe  in His love for you. If He can save someone like Samson, He can and  will certainly save, justify and clothe you with His righteousness.

I hope this blesses you.

Glory to God!

Source: https://www.feedmejesus.com/2019/04/samson-salvation-god-love-justification-grace.html

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