~ Jesus Christ Is Our Righteousness ~
Passage ~ “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).
Significance ~ Those who are Christians are seen by God as covered with His Son’s righteousness. When God the Father looks at a believer He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ totally enveloping His child. The critical aspect of this to know, remember, and praise God for is that the Christian did nothing to earn his or her position in the family of God. All other religions in the world have a significant aspect of earning salvation through doing some things. In contrast Christianity tells the truth that man cannot earn anything with God, but the Good News is that Christ has paid all the penalty and salvation is done—accomplished! The only requirement is to accept the free gift which God offers you!
Comment ~ It may be helpful to compare two theological terms.
JUSTICE – The attribute of God that reveals His hatred of sin.
RIGHTEOUSNESS – The attribute of God that reveals His love of holiness.
the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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