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DocReits September 13, 2015 at 2:43 am

I enjoyed your article Pastor Jack,

One of the confusing issues with righteousness is “how” we are “made” righteous. Does that mean that we ever become righteous or “worthy” as other authors on this site proclaim?

I think it is important that we look at the word “made” to understand this. Other posters have said it is easy to understand this. They say we become righteous in God’s eyes and that is that. I think this cursory summation leads to some erroneous ideas and frustration by Christians who might not feel worthy when they sin.

I think it is important to dig further beneath the surface to understand what it means to be “made” righteous. Starting with Col 2:10 Paul speaks about this “being made” complete. It is only as we are in Christ that we are made complete or righteous. It is His life dwelling in us that the rest of Col chapter 2 and 3 describes as the mystery of God being fulfilled(God in Christ and Christ in us).

The beautiful image Paul describes of us being buried with Christ in baptism(signifying His death) and raised with Him through His Resurrection is what ID’s us with Christ’s “right” to offer His Blood before the Father for our atonement. It is His purchase with His Blood that allows us to be “made righteous” before God as we believe in His death and Resurrection. Speaking about Abraham Paul makes this observation in Romans:

“22And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God”(Rom 4:22-25)

Abraham was “counted” as righteous through faith. Jesus made us “right” with God by our faith in Him.

Here is my point…we are not righteous. It is as Jesus spiritually circumcises us that our sins are cut away as we identify with Him by the Grace of God through Faith. It is Jesus who is Righteous. It is Jesus who is worthy. We are unworthy. We are unrighteous. It is as we carry Christ inside of us bodily that we carry His righteousness and we are identifying ourselves with THE WORTHY ONE, THE RIGHTEOUS ONE…Jesus.

Here it is:

“When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision–the cutting away of your sinful nature.” (Col 2:11)

Now we are alive…but not righteous ourselves. It is only because we have Christ within us and He is the righteous One, not us, that we are “made” righteous. Here it is “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.”( Col 2:13,14)

So now can we boast that we are righteous? Can we walk away from the Cross all clean because God nailed our sins to the Cross?? Are we somehow able now to walk worthy in our own power because we have been made clean since our sins are back on the Cross?? “Thanks Jesus we have it from here”. I harp on this because many Christians preach this insanity. This idea that we are somehow righteous before God now because our sins have been forgiven.

Do not misunderstand, we are “made” righteous as the scripture says but the “making” is because we carry the Righteous One within us. We are not righteous ourselves…we are “made” righteous because of His Righteousness.

Paul ends the book of Colossians speaking of his desire to share this mystery of Christ(4:3) which I have made a mess of in trying to bring about my point….Once again we are “made” righteous only because Christ(the Righteous One) is within us(Col 1:27).

I feel this point is misunderstood by many Christians. It is a source of frustration in the Christian walk when many feel depressed and discouraged when they sin. “If I am worthy or righteous, why do I still sin?” Well Christ is the worthy One, and we need to daily go to Him and confess our sins and pick up our Cross and follow Him. It is only as we cling to His Cross that we are “made” worthy, because He is Worthy.

Yes, we will continue to sin until we get to heaven. Deal with that fact! Run to the Cross and try again tomorrow asking Christ who is within you to help you sin less today than yesterday and rejoice in that you are forgiven and will live forever in heaven with the ONLY Righteous One…Jesus.

Does this make sense Pastor Jack?

DocReits

Jack Wellman September 13, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Thanks Doc. Yes my friend, it does make sense. Martin Luther said that his righteousness was “xtra nos” meaning “outside of self” or an “alien righteousness” which I believe is very accurate. 2nd Cor 5:21 says “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The wording “we might become ” seems to suggest “it is a process” but then again, that is sanctification (lifelong) but we are now the children of God but birthed only by God. Born from above (John 3:3, 7), no works, not boast (Eph 2:8-9). It is not our righteousness but His righteousness imputed toward us, on our account.

Jean Jeudy November 19, 2017 at 4:51 am

Amen.

suresh madramootoo December 26, 2017 at 5:21 am

Dear please keep on your list.





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