Righteousness of God - 2 Corinthians 5:21

Verse of the Day - Day 303

Righteousness of God
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Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Righteousness of God

What sets Christianity apart from all other religions is that the very thing God demands from us, he himself supplies.

God demands righteousness. To enter heaven, a soul must be completely free of sin, and therein lies the problem.

Human beings, no matter how many good works, no matter how many prayers or how much striving, can never free themselves from their sinful nature.

This hell-bent tendency has been part of our species since the Fall of Man. When Adam sinned, all his offspring for the rest of time inherited a desire to disobey God. We may know what is right and want to do it with all our heart, but we simply cannot keep ourselves clean. All of us break God's laws on a daily basis.

Thankfully, the One who created us knows our failings. God the Father knows we can never be righteous through our own behavior, so out of his great love, God gave us a Savior.

When he died on the cross, Jesus Christ took our sins upon himself, along with the punishment we deserve. He died in our place, the only acceptable sacrifice who met the standards of a holy God. Jesus had no sin, but he became a vessel for our disobedience--past, present and future.

Christ Did It All

The significance of this, when we fully understand it, is overwhelming. What we cannot do has already been done for us. All we need to do is receive Christ as Lord and Savior. When we believe in him, his righteousness is assigned to us. When God the Father looks at us, he sees his Son, Jesus.

We become righteous through the shed blood of Christ.

Then it becomes clear we do not need to work our way into heaven. That work has already been accomplished and given to us as a free gift. Through grace, God's unmerited favor, Jesus' righteousness becomes ours. God imputes it to believers, like crediting it to a person's "account." That means our sin-debt is paid in full, not by us but by the perfect work of Jesus on the cross.

To outsiders, Christianity seems restrictive, a set of rules that enslave Christ followers and force them to lead dreary, shrunken lives. The reality is quite the opposite. Possessing the righteousness of God, Christians experience unparalleled freedom. We know heaven is a sure thing because it doesn't depend on our goodness, but on Christ's.

The result is that we obey out of gratitude and love of God. We live without worry of what will become of us. We feel the extraordinary confidence of knowing we are passionately loved by God.

Authentic Christianity becomes a life filled with joy and meaning. When problems come, and they will, we receive strength from the Holy Spirit living within us. No matter what happens, our future is secure. We are in Jesus' hands and nothing can snatch us out of them.

The righteousness of God, when credited to us, sets us free to live big lives. Nothing else on earth is as liberating as this amazing gift.   

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