Thought for the Day #238
BECOMING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
2 Corinthians 5:21 New American Standard Bible
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Most of us are keenly aware of our imperfections and unrighteousness. We feel guilty and condemned. We know we should do better. But, try as we may, we find ourselves failing to live up to the standards we desire.
What a wonderful and beautiful thing God has done for his people. He knew that we were caught up in sin and bondage beyond our control. He offered a way for us to live in his righteousness, through the atonement provided by the crucifixion of Jesus, our Lord.
Yes, God knew that we could not help ourselves. He knew that if we were ever to be salvaged, there had to be a perfect sacrifice offered that would break the bondage of our captivity to sin. John 3: 16 tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
God sent his only begotten son, Jesus. He was tempted in every way that we are as a human being. He refrained from temptation, kept himself pure, and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for us. The Bible says that he became sin, our sin, as he died upon the cross for us.
The Bible says that because of one man's sin, (Adam) death entered into the world, then, by one man's righteousness, we should live. Jesus actually appropriated our sin and its judgment upon us. He exchanges are guilt and sin for his righteousness.
Through Him, we actually become the righteousness of God, when we repent and are baptized according to Acts 2:38. We are redeemed, cleansed and restored into perfect fellowship with God through Jesus who defeated the law of sin and death.
Be of good courage. Knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior has placed you in the righteousness of God in him. You have the power to turn from sin and walk in his purity. His blood cleanses from every stain. You have been restored into his kingdom.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your wonderful love. I know that Jesus died that I might live. Yes, I want to walk in the righteousness of God. Please lead and guide me. Forgive my weakness and failures. Renew a right spirit within me. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.