How do you feel if I were to call you – “The righteousness of God in Christ!?” Will you be excited or struggle with such a thought? While you’re pondering the question let me quote 2 Corinthians 5:21 for you,
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (NKJV)
The very first time I heard someone calling himself – the righteousness of God in Christ – I got offended. I thought the guy was arrogant and of the devil because no one but God alone is righteous. The guy, preacher, was talking about the above verse from 2 Corinthians 5:21.
The more I thought about what this guy was saying, the more I found it hard to accept what he was saying. And even after reading that verse several times I simply could not bring myself to accept what the verse was saying. I could not picture myself having the righteousness of God, even, as a born-again believer. That was some 10 years ago.
Praise God for His Holy Spirit’s work. The Holy Spirit revealed the root of my struggle in one word: Religion!
For many, many, many years, religion had taught me to ‘perform’ for God. Religion had convinced me that the only way for God to have mercy on me, forgive my many sins and listen to my prayers let alone answer them, is to be a good person. Religion taught me to keep all God’s laws and commandments if God was ever going to be interested in me or have anything to do with me.
Oh, how wrong religion was, is. How wrong I was to think that I could improve on Jesus’ work on the cross! Religion fed me for many years and I became fat with its pharisaic spirit of ‘good works.’ (I later discovered James 2:10!)
The Lord opened my eyes to see what religion has done in most of our Christian churches at large. Religion, I must say, is one of the most deadly weapons of the enemy he’s been and is still using today against God’s children.
Because of religion, a lot of born-again Christians do not feel confident when they pray for healing, financial help, and miraculous provisions of God. In their hearts, they are convinced that they must be ‘good enough’ for God to answer their prayers.
So, what are the implications for being the righteousness of God in Christ? The answer can easily become another new series all together! For now let me mention a few:
My brother and sister in Christ, religion has taught us to be sin conscious. God’s Word teaches us to be grace conscious. That means we are to be conscious of who is living in us – Christ, the Hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
You are the righteousness of God in Christ! Believe in that truth. God’s truth! Believe in what Christ Jesus has done for you. Treasure that truth in your heart, all the days of your life. I can promise you this – the results of your prayers (God speaking through you) will be nothing short of being miraculous. You too, will walk in your true identity as God’s son or daughter. His children are very, very, precious to Him! Indeed, because you are His (God’s) righteousness in Christ!