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Devotional - week of June 17, 2001


BECOMING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him    2 Corinthians 5:21.

Notice the word “might.” Just becoming a Christian does not make us the righteousness of God but it does open the door to the possibility.

Becoming the righteousness of God means that just as Jesus became the very embodiment of sin on the cross believers may become the embodiment of the righteousness of God.

The following verse explains how we may become the righteousness of God.

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    Romans 5:17.

Believers must receive “The abundance of ... righteousness” We can no more produce righteousness that we can produce our own salvation. “Receive” is in a Greek tense of continual action.

We continue to receive the righteousness of God by continuing to obey the five commands of Romans 6:11-13. When receiving the righteousness of God becomes a lifestyle, we are so continually filled with the righteousness of God that we become the visible righteousness of God in action.