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June 8, 2014
In Christ
June 6, 2014
Acts 13:39 – Justified By Him
June 8, 2014

2 Corinthians 5:21 – Righteous in Him

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2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)
21 He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

This is one of Paul’s basic 101 premises. It’s important in our life of grace to know because it really proclaims who we are in Christ. There are major doctrines in this verse that we need to know with absolute certainty.

Adam usurped his authority on earth when he bit the fruit. When he did that, he passed on this sin trait to all of humanity. It placed a sin nature in every person born on earth. The only way this could be reversed is if a man lived a sinless life and reclaimed the authority man lost. But there was no man who could do this. Every man born was born as a sinner.

God had to intervene and send His Son through a virgin birth thereby bypassing the sin nature born into man. Jesus was born without that sin nature. He lived a sinless life. He knew no sin. He was tempted but did not sin. Therefore Jesus became the man who could release us from the bondage of sin and death. He brought life.

Yet one more thing needed done for justice. Jesus would have to become a sin offering on our behalf. The sinless Jesus would be the sin offering. God’s wrath and justice would be fulfilled on the cross through Jesus.

This is the first part. Jesus died for our sins—the sinless for the sinner. However, that satisfied the judgment of God for sin and thus put us in right standing with God. Righteousness is a gift by grace. “Much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness” (Romans 5:17). This is not just doing right. That might flow from the gift of righteousness. But it is a gift. It becomes who we are. We become the righteousness of God. By faith we become.

Righteousness is who we are. No matter how you may have failed you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Say it out loud. “I am the righteousness of God.”