As Christians we have been recreated in Christ Jesus. We have our new life in him, the old carnal life has been crucified and we are raised in the newness of life.
Still, we find people saying that we must learn to live a righteous life, that we need to become like Jesus.
When Jesus died on the cross he said “it is finished”, those were the most beautiful words that were uttered in the earth.
IT IS FINISHED!!!
There was a great transfer that took place on the cross, it is also called the DIVINE EXCHANGE. Yet we find so many Christians still trying to become righteous or trying to live a godly life.
1 John 4:17 In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
John, the beloved disciple writes and says that through this union, communion hath Christ, love is brought to perfection with us.
Because of the love of God that has been poured out for us, on us, we are now just Ike Jesus. As HE is so are WE in this world.
Now, many seem to have trouble accepting this. But the truth cannot be changed. Just because we cannot understand something, it does not mean that it is not true.
The truth is that because of Jesus’ righteousness we are now righteous too.
Isaiah 1:18-19 Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
This was a word of prophecy the Lord gave Isaiah. God is saying that even though your sins be like scarlet, when you come to him, it will be changed and become white as snow.
This verse speaks of a divine transfer, from red to white. From sin to holiness.
You cannot try to become holy, you are MADE holy by the blood of the Lamb.
32 If he brings a lamb as his sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish.
33 He shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering.
34 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and all the rest of the blood of the lamb he shall pour out at the base of the altar.
35 And he shall take away all the fat of it, just as the fat of the lamb is removed from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it on the altar upon the offerings made by fire to the Lord; and the priest shall make atonement for the sin which the man has committed, and he shall be forgiven.
When the offender came to offer the sin offering, he had to place his hand on the head of the lamb and then kill it. Then the blood would be taken and applied to the horns of the altar and the rest poured at the base of the altar and then the carcass burned.
The priest was the representative of God and he watched as the offender placed his hands on the innocent lamb and killed it.
When he placed his hands on the head of the lamb, the righteousness of lamb was transferred to him and his offense, sin was transferred to he lamb. The animal took the man’s place.
The man walked away forgiven.
The priest never checked the man, he checked the lamb to see if it was pure without blemish.
Jesus became our sacrificial lamb so that we might walk in forgiveness.
You do not have to do anything to try and get God’s forgiveness. Jesus paid the price for ALL our sins, so that we can walk in the holiness land righteousness of God.
Luke 10:38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.
40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [ that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.
It is the normal practice for the host to entertain the guests. But in this case Mary just sat at the feet of Jesus, while Martha went about doing all the work.
Martha is a picture of the law. Martha was trying to DO things to satisfy Jesus.
When you try to DO things to please God, sooner or later you will start accusing God and everyone around you. And that is exactly what happened.
Whereas Mary just found a place at the feet of Jesus and sat and listened to him. Words of life were coming out and she just sat and listened.
When Martha appeared and began to accuse Jesus and then her sister Mary, Jesus calmly replied that Martha was anxious and troubled. Trying to become holy or righteous on your own terms, or trying to please God on your own terms will give you anxiety and leave you troubled.
Look at the response of Jesus concerning Mary…. Mary has chosen the good portion/part that will not be taken away from her.
Law requires you to do in order to get, grace gives it to you as a gift. Grace is Jesus Christ and the gift is righteousness, justification, life…..
Mary found the place that was most beneficial – at the feet of Jesus. She never said anything, she just received……
Jesus took your sin, so that you might receive his righteousness.
You are in the world today AS HE is.
God looks at you through the righteousness of Jesus. He only sees, Jesus and not your sin.
Jesus took your sin so that you can be righteous.
Jesus took your sin so that you can be righteous.