for our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. [2 corinthians 5:21]
“Jesus Christ, made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him! you scarcely need that I should explain the words when the sense is so plain. a spotless Savior stands in the room of guilty sinners. God lays upon the spotless Savior the sin of the guilty, so that he becomes, in the expressive language of the text, sin. then he takes off from the innocent Savior his righteousness, and puts that to the account of the once-guilty sinners, so that the sinners become righteousness, — righteousness of the highest and divinest source — the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” – c. h. spurgeon
the gospel is so sweet. and this verse alone is the truth of the gospel. Jesus lived a perfect, blameless, spotless life … for you. every temptation conquered with you in mind. then, he chose a humiliating death, in which he took the punishment both physical and spiritual for you. so that, we may become the righteousness of God.
i am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the jew first and also to the greek. for in it (in the Gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “but the righteous man shall live by faith.” rom 1:16-17
because of Jesus, we will appear faultless before God our Father. his righteousness has been given to us through faith.
today, I beg you, worship our Father. for the gospel. for Jesus. for the change in your status from sinner to righteousness of God! i know i need this reminder so often. please sit in remembrance today.
~ holly russell