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He became sin so we could become righteous

I’ve been writing about what we have been freely given through Jesus, and in my last article I briefly mentioned the fact that we have freely been made righteous through him. I didn’t get too much into it though because first I needed to explain the difference between self-righteousness (believing our works make us righteous) and godly righteousness, which comes only through faith in Jesus.
In this article I want to further explain how we become righteous through Jesus.
Romans 5:12, 14-19 reads, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned … Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ. 
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous."
Now there is a lot packed into those scriptures, and I would highly encourage you to read them over slowly and meditate on them when you have opportunity.
The first thing I would like to point out is that through Adam’s sin everyone born after him was born into sin. Even if you live a good life, your spirit is still dead to God and needs to be born again (re-created) to become righteous. Your righteous actions cannot make your spirit righteous. Righteousness is a free gift that comes only through Jesus.
Through Adam’s sin we all became sinners, but Jesus came so that through his righteous act we all can become righteous. We need to receive God’s grace and his gift of righteousness that only comes through Jesus. 
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” — verse 19.
Through Jesus’s obedience we can be made righteous. How? By working, striving and living holy enough to become righteous? No, by faith in what Jesus has done. We believe to become righteous.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” — Romans 10:9-10.
Abraham is considered the father of our faith, and he was not justified by his works but only through faith. Romans 4:2-5 says: “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”
Faith in Jesus and him alone makes us righteous. How? Because when you have faith in Jesus, you get a new spirit (become born again), and it is only his spirit living in you that makes you righteous. Your spirit is now alive unto righteousness (Romans 8:10).
Second Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”
Jesus became your sin so you could become his righteousness.
If this is hard for you to fathom, let me try to give you something to visualize. When you received Jesus, picture him reaching into your body and pulling out your old spirit with one hand and placing it on his own body, then reaching into your body with the other hand to replace the old spirit with his brand new righteous spirit. He became your sin and in exchange gave you his righteousness.  
It is my prayer for that truth to sink in to everyone reading this so that you will thankfully and gratefully receive this free gift of righteousness that Jesus has provided for us all. Thank you Lord!
Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com">amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: August 28, 2017
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