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Devotional - week of April 4, 2010


justified by jesus' resurrection

 

[Jesus] was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

 

Since justification is one of the words Scripture uses to describe our conversion experience, you would expect the verse to say that Jesus was delivered up because of our offences and because of our justification. However, the passage says that He was raised because of our justification. Why does the verse read as it does?

 

The word justification means that God declared us to be righteous. We can remember changes that God gave us at conversion, but, in time, we also realized that we were not righteous. However, Scripture reveals that just as God declared us to be righteous, He made a way for us to be what He declared us to be.

 

Romans 5:17 declares, “… those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

 

We must receive grace and righteousness. The word “receive” in this verse is best translated “continue to receive.” That is, believers are to continue to receive grace and righteousness.  

 

Romans 6:14 says that when we live out the five commands for experiencing our oneness with Christ in crucifixion, burial and resurrection we are under grace. When we receive grace, we receive righteousness.

 

In Galatians 2:20, Paul writes that he is no longer living but Christ is living in Him. When we experience the crucifixion of our old man, we release the resurrected Jesus to express Himself through us, He will always do works of righteousness. When the resurrected Jesus does His righteous works through us, we are living a righteous life.

 

Therefore, Jesus was raised for our justification that we might actually be the righteous believers God declared us to be. God’s plan is that we grow in righteousness.