THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One day God was looking down to earth and saw all of the evil that was going on.
He decided to send an angel down to earth to check it out so he called an angel and sent him to earth for a time.
When he returned he told God, "yes it is bad on earth, 95% is bad and 5% is good."
Well, God thought for a moment and said maybe I had better send down another angel to be sure.
So another angel was sent.
When that angel returned he went to God and told him yes the earth was in decline, 95% was bad and 5% was good.
God said this was not good.
He would send a letter to the 5% that were good and encourage them, something to help them keep going.
Do you know what that letter said?
Oh, you didn't get one either?!
2 Cor 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Jesus "knew no sin."
His life was unimpeachably perfect and sinless.
He is God "in flesh," Who came to make atonement for man's sins.
He lived without sin, then offered His perfection for our imperfection upon the cross.
Jesus IS the letter of righteousness!
Jesus was "made to be sin for us."
This does not imply that our sins were imputed unto Him!
It means that Jesus was made a sin offering on our behalf!
The Old Testament sacrificial system is in the thought here.
Jesus became THE "sin offering" for all mankind!
Our Savior's perfection never became imperfection by our sins!
In order that He might avert justice from all sinners, Jesus became the object of justice.
He withstood the punishment due us!
As Isaiah said, "..he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isa 53:5)
By His sacrifice, Jesus becomes the oblation through which men are made clean: "that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2Cor. 5:21)
His sacrifice was an offering TO God on our behalf.
But His sacrifice is also an offering TO all mankind!
By this offering, God invites men to be "made the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)!"
Jesus procured the right of giving righteousness to all those who come to Him!
To me, this makes Luke 9:23 very important!
That verse says, "..If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
Therefore, if one desires perfect righteousness and the path to eternal glory, he simply needs to surrender his life to Jesus!
Have you surrendered your life to Jesus?
Praise God today for His grace offered through Christ!