Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Who are you in Christ? To answer this question let's go to 2 Corinthians 5:17-21:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to
himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of
reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the
world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now
then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness
of God in him."
You are a new creation. The moment you made Jesus The LORD of your life, you, not your mind or your body, were recreated. Old things passed away, and all things in you became new and all things are of God. That is the wonder of the new birth.
The last verse is the most wonderful thing one can imagine! He, Jesus, who knew no sin, was MADE to be sin for us that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him! Did Jesus ever commit sin? No. Did you or I ever commit righteousness? No. Isaiah 64:6 declares that all our righteousness is as filthy rags. And Romans 3:10 says:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one."
Jesus was MADE to be sin with our sin, and we were MADE to be righteous with His righteousness. The key word here is MADE. In our case, as believers, one moment we were "sin," and the next moment we became the righteousness of God in Him. He, Jesus, at that moment, moved into our spirits and thereby took up residence in our physical bodies. Then it became necessary to renew our minds with The WORD of righteousness.
Let's look at Hebrews 5:12-13:
"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need
that one teach you again which be the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk,
and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is
unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe."
Here is someone who should have, by this time, become a teacher. But because of being dull of hearing, he was still a spiritual baby. What does dull of hearing mean? It means he was not listening. Too busy. No time for the WORD. What WORD? The WORD of righteousness! Now we are at the root cause of why bad things happen to wonderful, Spirit filled people who love God. I'm not just talking about you. I've been guilty of the same thing.
Let's look, now, at the gift of righteousness.
Remember Romans 3;10?
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one."
That's the problem. Now, let's look at the glorious, wonderful, absolutely amazing answer in verses 21-22:
"But now the righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the
prophets; 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."
Wow! Faith! Yes, faith. Go on reading through the next five verses..
"For all have sinned,and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 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; To declare, I
say, at this time his righteousness; that he might be just,
and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where
is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works?
Nay: but by the law of faith."
There you have it. No, wait, there's more! I mentioned the free gift. Buckle up. Here it comes!
Romans 5:15 says:
"But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if
through the offence of one many be dead, much more
the grace of God, and gift by grace, which is by one
man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many."
Now, verse 17:
"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more
they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of
righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
"SHALL REIGN IN LIFE BY ONE, JESUS CHRIST!" Now, look at this same verse in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition:
For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death
reigned through that one, much more surely will those who
receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the
free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing
with Himself reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus
Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
I don't see how you can just sit there! No wonder Hebrews 10:1-3 shouts these powerful words: "The worshipers once purged should [no longer] have had [any guilt, or consciousness] of sins."
Unrighteousness is not who I am. That's who I used to be. Now, because of the ONE WHO LOVED ME AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME, I can stand in the presence of the Most Holy God without a sense of guilt or shame. Righteousness is the reason Jesus went to the cross. We are not just old sinners saved by grace. No, we were old sinners, and His grace opened heaven's doors wide to a new race of beings. We are now new creatures, created in the image and likeness of Jesus, filled with His Spirit, speaking with the tongues of men and angels, and taking His message of Love to those who don't yet know who they are in Him.
You are a messenger with a free gift to all who will receive it: Jesus and the free gift of righteousness to the world, and His mighty Holy Spirit, the free gift to the Church.
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