“For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
Mourning Christian! why do you weep? Are you mourning over your own corruptions? Look to your perfect Lord [Jesus], and remember, you are complete in Him; you are in God’s sight as perfect as if you had never sinned. No, more than that: the Lord our Righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that you have more than the righteousness of man–you have the righteousness of God.
O you who are mourning by reason of inbred sin and depravity [the flesh], remember, none of your sins can condemn you. You have learned to hate sin; but you have learned also to know that sin is not yours–it was laid upon Christ’s head [on the Cross]. Your standing is not in yourself–it is in Christ; your acceptance is not in yourself, but in your Lord. You are as much accepted of God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you standest before His throne, free from all corruption.
[“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” Eph. 1:6]
O, I urge you, lay hold on this precious thought, perfection in Christ! For you are “complete in Him.” With your Savior’s garment on, you are holy as the Holy one.
[“For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him… Col. 2:9,10]
“Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.[Rom. 8:34]”
Christian, let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the Beloved”–what have you to fear? Let your face ever wear a smile; live near your Master; live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when your time has come, you shalt rise up where your Jesus sits, and reign at His right hand. And all this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Morning and Evening, April 4 AM reading.
Biblical and article Old English modernized; deity captitalization, paranthetical words & quotations, and title added. – JBW.
This brief article celebrates the believer’s positional justification. To explore other aspects of being made righteous in Christ by grace, see the Grace Note: “Made Right to Live Right” (parts 1-3) gracenotebook.com/made-right-to-live-right-a-study-of-justification-part-2/
Scripture graphic courtesy of HeartLight.org
“Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was an English Baptist preacher, author, and editor. Pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle from 1861 until his death. Founded a pastors’ college (1856), an orphanage (1867), and edited the monthly The Sword and the Trowel magazine.” www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpspurgeon.html