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
This verse should startle us and cause us to tremble. It is not a verse to be read quickly and passed over. We will never comprehend the awesome price that Jesus paid to cleanse us of our sin and to give us His righteousness. The prophet Isaiah summarized the human condition: “We are all like an unclean thing, / And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). Even the high priest, Joshua, in his exalted position among God's people, was clothed in filthy rags before God (Zech. 3:3). The apostle Paul, who labored arduously to be righteous before God, realized that his most strenuous efforts to please God were no more valuable than rubbish (Phil. 3:4–10). The plight of humanity is that nothing we could ever do could satisfy God's desire for righteousness. But the miracle of God's mercy is that God exchanges our “filthy rags” for “rich robes” of righteousness (Zech. 3:4). In this awesome exchange, God placed the sin of humanity upon His righteous Son. Jesus became so identified with our sin that Scripture says God made Him to be sin on our behalf. The holy Son of God could not possibly do more for us than this! Experiencing the Father's wrath upon the sin He carried would have been more painful to endure than any human rejection or physical suffering. Never take the righteousness God has given you for granted. Never take the forgiveness of your sin lightly. It cost God a terrible price in order to forgive you and make you righteous. Walk in a manner worthy of the righteousness He has given you. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
How do you walk? Not in the physical sense, the Spiritual sense.
Does sinning bother you at all?
Does the sacrifice of Jesus have any impact on how you live, how you speak, how you go about your day?
There's a loud voice that is getting louder, claiming to speak for God's Church. Watering down sin, death and the grave.
People go to feel good services and leave unmarred by supposedly meeting with God.
Does Jesus, to you, appear more like a good person than the Righteous Son of God?
Does the Spirit at all work in your life or have you complete disregard for His attempts to make you more like Christ?
Sin is more than just being wrong before God. It is more than wronging ourselves or others. It's a thing in life that has irrevocable consequences if you aren't truly saved.
If you do not acknowledge your sin, your need for a Savior, your need for His Helper, the Holy Spirit, then you are indeed dead in your sins. You will face a future life after your death in dealing with the wrath of God. Beginning with torment in Hell, to come out long enough to see your final judgment and lastly to find yourself in the lake of fire. But it does not have to be that way.
My Dear Reader Jesus came to seek and save the world...an that includes you!
For believers in Christ it means a changed life. One that seeks to deal with sin. To ask for forgiveness, to grow in the likeness of Christ Jesus. It does not mean that we go on living for self after everything Jesus did to save you and I.
He became your sin and my sin all the sin of mankind. God the Father poured out His wrath for YOU and I onto His own Son.
Today, please look at all that you allow yourself to think, say or do. Look at what you embrace in this world.
Look at how you talk. Would you speak that way if you were a Disciple in Training like the 12? Truth be known you are in training just like them.
Is your mind full of meaningless fantasies?
Is your mind full of wasted moments in front of a TV?
I know well of much of my life that has been wasted. There will be more, I am sure, that I will be asked to explain.
Turn back to a life of obedience to God today. In what you see, hear, think and do.
Turn from false teachers and false religions to a right and true relationship with Jesus.
I won't lie. It's likely going to hurt. All discipline for the moment is nothing but sorrowful and not joyful.
But you will know the truth and it will set you free. You will know and experience a real relationship with Jesus.
Sin is more than a mess up or mistake.
Sin is what put Jesus on the cross.
What held Jesus there was His love for you.
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