WHO IS A CHRISTIAN? PART 4
Romans 8:1 – 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Through the fall of Adam, the whole of human race became sinners and unrighteous. As a result unrighteousness became the nature of all of the seed of Adam. That is why you don’t need to teach a child how to lie and be selfish. It is all part of the characteristic of the fallen nature of mankind. It is not the committing of sin that makes the human race sinners; it is the nature of sin in mankind that leads to the committing of sin. So you are not a sinner because you sin, you sin because you are a sinner.
With that in man, Jesus came and took up both our sins and nature and became you and I in order to pay for our sine and change our nature. He did just die for our sins, he also became us. After he paid for our sins he then took our nature and gave us his nature. So this new nature is called righteousness. This is the very nature of God. It generates the virtue and characteristics of God. So a Christian is a person that has become or made the righteousness of God in nature and status. So you have a righteous status and righteous nature right now. To activate it you have to believe it, take it and begin to declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Unfortunately, ignorant Christians still declare themselves as sinners and condemn themselves. Consequently, this results in oppression and domination by the devil. Your words rule you, so watch your words. Say with me I have the nature and status of righteousness. I am righteous in Christ. As you believe and confess this you release the force righteous from within you to work in your life. Righteousness in the Old Testament was meant to be earn by works but no one could but in the new treatment Jesus did all it for us and gave righteousness to us as a gift to enjoy. So enjoy the gift of righteousness and do away with every sense of guilt and condemnation. Jesus has made you as righteous as himself.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and sin has no power over me. I am righteous in nature and status.
Questions for you to reflect on:
How righteous are you?