When Will We Learn?
Are you still struggling to be righteous and still doing your best to sanctify yourself because you desire to please God? How many more times do you have to fail before you come to your senses and believe the Bible that “by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified?” Will you continue being a victim of zeal without knowledge?
In writing of his Jewish brethren, the Apostle Paul commented,
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:1-4 NKJV)
Paul knew what he was talking about firsthand because he had made this same mistake himself for years. He writes about his experience in Romans 7, and shares how frustrating it was to try to be righteous and holy through self-effort and will-power. But one day God opened his eyes to see God’s way of making people righteous through faith in Jesus, and that day, everything changed for Paul.
Here is what GOD revealed to Paul in a nutshell:
But of him (God) are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord. (I Cor. 1:30)
Note, not only did Jesus Christ accomplish all of these THINGS for us, and made all of these THINGS available to us, He IS Himself, right now, all of these realities IN US.
Now, here are some amazing implications of this wonderful revelation for you to consider.
1. We have none of these things in ourselves and we can never have them on our own. No matter how hard we try.
2. God does not give us a thing called wisdom, a thing called righteousness, or a thing called sanctification. He gives us a PERSON called Jesus, who is all of these in Himself.
3. Christ is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. If we have Him, we have all these things in their perfected form. If we lack Him, we lack all of them completely. No in-between!
It’s like what happens when an ordinary piece of metal is joined to a powerful magnet. Before making contact, it is completely void of all magnetic qualities. But once it makes direct contact with the magnet, it becomes magnetic itself. Instantly. Without doing anything other than being joined to a powerful magnet, it goes from being just an ordinary piece of metal to being a magnet as powerful as the one it is joined to.
Likewise, if you have received Jesus by faith as your Savior, then you are joined to Him. And if you are joined to Him, then “as He is, so are you!” You are now as righteous and holy as He.
Child of God, it’s time to stop trying to get what you have been given and start acknowledging what you already have, by grace through faith. It is not your zeal and self-effort that will make you righteous and sanctified. It is your union with Jesus, the SANCTIFIED ONE, the RIGHTEOUS ONE, that transforms you from being just an ordinary sinner in the sight of God into a saint, into one the Bible calls, “the righteousness of God in Christ.”
And now that you know this, be zealous to walk in it. Be zealous to let the world know of this wonderful Savior and His amazing grace!