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The Wednesday Word: Now That’s Grace!

Why do believing sinners, who have done nothing sufficient to save themselves receive the reward of righteousness — eternal life? It is because Jesus, who did no sin, received the death penalty on their behalf!

Now that’s grace!

In the same way that our sin was reckoned to Christ, His righteousness was reckoned to us.

Now that’s grace!

My rags for His righteousness!

Now that’s grace!

Christ was treated as being something that He was not ….. a sinner, so that we would be treated as that which we are not…righteous.

Now that’s grace!

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;

Now that’s grace!

So let us ask, at the cross did Christ become sinful in Himself? The answer is simple……No! 1000 time no! If he did become sinful in Himself, then it must also follow that we become savingly righteous within ourselves. It would also mean that the salvation which saves us is not reserved in heaven for us (1 Peter 1:4), it is within us. This then leads to a confounding of Law and Gospel where the believer’s holiness of life becomes the foundation and ground of His justification. But that is anti-gospel nonsense.

Our acceptance is not grounded on any quality within us, but on the worthiness and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

Now that’s grace!

The gospel concerns the doing, dying and rising again of the Lord Christ. It is not about our doing and dying nor indeed about anything in us or about anything we have done. We have been credited with His righteousness, not because we deserve it but because we need it.

Now that’s grace!

Christ, however, was treated as though He were actually sinful in Himself and because of that, we are now treated as though we are actually righteous. His righteousness, not ours, remains our only qualification for heaven.

Now that’s grace!

But, back to the cross. Someone asks, “Were the sins placed on Jesus real sins, or was this whole drama merely an act?” If it were an act, then the righteousness that is placed on us is also a fiction. However, the good news is that the sins placed on Christ on were real and the righteousness reckoned to us is genuine. It is “even the righteousness of God,” (Romans 3:22-23) and causes us to pass from death to life.

Now that’s grace!

When sin was imputed to Jesus, His relationship with the Father was radically affected for it caused God to withdraw His presence from Him. God cannot dwell with sin. Conversely, when Christ’s righteousness was imputed to us it radically affected our standing with God. It caused the Father to draw us into His presence and welcome us. It brought us into a beautiful place of fellowship with the Father for He loves to have fellowship with the righteous in Christ.

Now that’s grace!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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