For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [[g]endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness]. 2Cor. 5:21 (AMP)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. NLT
God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God’s righteousness.” CJB
God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him. GWT
For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us! TLB
Him, who knew no sin, he hath made sin for us, that we might be made the justice of God in him. Douay-Rheims
Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God. CEV
God made Jesus to become your sin. All the sins I committed and will ever, Jesus became it. He didn’t commit sin. He became sin. If anyone must be punished for your sin it should be Jesus because your sin is on him. Praise God he has been punished already for ALL your sins. None excluded.
Jesus Christ was tempted in every way you can ever be tempted but he never fell into any of the temptations. But yet, for our sake he was made sin for us. He took your sin and gave you his righteousness. NOW you are the righteousness of God. As righteous as God himself. God is not more righteous than you are. Praise God!
This is divine exchange. The great exchange. He took my sins and its consequences and gave me his very own righteousness and its consequences.
You are righteous right now and always because of what Jesus Christ have done not by your works, not by your strenuous efforts or goodness. It’s all by grace. Nothing you do can improve this righteousness and nothing you do can diminish it. It’s perfect and complete righteousness void of human efforts. You can’t add to it and you can’t subtract from it. Just enjoy it, beloved!
This is the righteousness that is more than that of the Pharisees. What the Pharisees had was self-righteousness. Righteousness by works. Righteous by your strenuous efforts and performance. God calls it a filthy rag.
We do good because we are righteous. We don’t do good to become righteous. A pig swims in mud because it’s a pig. It does not swim in mud to become a pig.
You don’t become righteous. You have been made righteous. It’s not a process. It’s an instant reality after salvation.
Your sins have been taken away (Jn.1:29), forgiven (Ps.86:5), cleansed (Rev.1:5), never be remembered (Heb.8:12; Heb. 10:17). Jesus was wounded for your sins (Isa.53:4-6), he died for your sins (1Jn.3:16). And made you righteous.
Looking at you I see the righteousness of God. You have rights before God. You can stand confident and boldly before him and not feel guilty whatsoever.
You are approved of God. You’re acceptable before God. Yore justified of God. You’re in the ocean of his goodness. Enjoy it!
Kevin Ashwe is a Pastor, teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also a man power developer. He has been involved in training the work force of churches and ministries in Nigeria.
He is the husband of Deborah and senior pastor of WORDLife Assembly, Nigeria.
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