TRADING SIN FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

When Jesus went to the cross he went there fully man and died as a man. The Bible tells us he was made sin so we would become the righteousness of God in him. What a deal! The question is what really happened on the cross?

We can read elsewhere that Jesus came in the flesh and if anyone denies this they are a deceiver and the Antichrist. Some pretty harsh words but they show us how serious it is that Jesus Christ was in fact a human being. As a human, like us, he was a vessel or temple that housed the Spirit of God. On the cross he said, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me.” There are many differing opinions about whether or not God really left Jesus but for me it seems this was the moment he became sin which is why the Father seemed to be forsaking him.

Let me give you a bit of background to what I’m saying here. It is my belief that when our first human parents sinned in the Garden the spirit of error entered the human race. This is why we are all born sinful. We are all born indwelt by the “prince of the power of the air…the spirit that works in the sons of disobedience.” This means salvation is more than just having our sins washed away it means having a brand new Spirit placed in us. Its God’s out with the old and in with the new Spirit program. It is the ultimate in exorcism’s; our sinful nature is replaced with God’s Divine nature. Our formerly dead human spirit is resurrected, and we are joined to God in a union of his Holy Spirit and our human spirit.

When Jesus hung on the cross we were there. According to Romans six we were crucified, buried and raised with Christ. God took us out of Adam and placed us into Christ. We now walk in newness of life according to the Spirit of God in us.

Even though Jesus had no sin of his own he died as a sinner that day. He became sin. “He condemned sin in the flesh, so the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us.” “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us…” He took the prince of the power of the air, the spirit of error, (Sin) into himself and died in the flesh. His body was placed in a tomb for three days and the spirit of error came out of him. Without a body the spirit had to go and it did, but the good news is God sent the Holy Spirit to enter Jesus and raised him back to life. When we, by faith, are joined to the Lord we are one spirit with him.

Not only did Jesus shed his blood to forgive us of our sins; he gave his body too. While many understand the blood washes away our sins, most still don’t see that he now lives in them. This is pictured in the first Passover. The Children of Israel were instructed to kill a lamb, put its blood on the doorposts and eat the whole lamb inside. The blood on the doorposts of course is showing us we are protected from the destroyer, but it’s the eating of the lamb that gives us the life and energy to live. Without eating the Lamb, the Children of Israel would have never made it on their exodus from Egypt. Jesus is the Lamb of God, and he told us if we don’t eat and drink of him we have no life in us. His life in us is the source of power and life whereby our journey is made possible also.

Written by Louie

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2 thoughts on “TRADING SIN FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

  1. very good–it brought to my mind that john 3:16 should be properly translated–for god so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son that who-so-ever believeth INTO him shall have divine life and not perish–that’s a lot different than just believing in him.

    • Thanks Kenneth. I think the first time I heard “believe into” it was in a New Testament Bible put out by Witness Lee.
      Thank God he put us into Christ and joined us in his death, burial, resurrection and ascension without that we’d be in trouble.
      Louie

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