Sometimes Christians question their zeal, or lack thereof. Thoughts like “I must not be right with God” dominate our thinking. Then all of a sudden someone needs help. You become a listening ear. You provide counsel and this person is genuinely back on their feet. Now your thinking changes. For some reason you feel you’re back on top of your spiritual game. Everything is cool now, right? Wrong! Doing a good thing and helping others does not mean that you’re right with God. Doing good didn't make you right with God before you were saved, and it won’t make you right with God after you’re save either. Only Christ's work of redemption can make you right with Him. Believest thou this?
My wife and I were talking about how we as Christians oftentimes think. On the way to work I recapped our conversation and was reminded that we need to always examine what we think in light of the Scriptures. We are told to examine ourselves to see whether we’re in the faith. Is our thinking in line with “the faith”? I know that my thinking isn’t always so. The Scripture is what adjusts my thinking, so it’s very necessary to examine what we think.
Deb and I talked about how we so often come up short in this life. We say and do the wrong things, and often not say and do the right things. Our bodies and desires interfere with what God would have for us. We discussed also how Christians understand that Christ came to Earth to seek and save sinners, that He ministered for approximately 33 years, died on a cross, was buried, and rose the third day. Christians believe this, BUT, we forget, or don’t realize, the importance of those 33 years Christ ministered on Earth.
How important was this? Christ not only lived and ministered, He lived and ministered PERFECTLY. Christ was without sin in this life. He was sinless, perfect, uncorrupted. I personally cannot imagine that, but I believe this to be true, mainly because it is so clearly taught in Scripture. So why is this so important? Because without Christ’s perfect life, there can not be an imputation of righteousness on behalf of the sinner. There would be no value in the idea that “Christ became sin for us” if He was already a sinner. Christ “became” sin for us on the cross because He was sinless.
The other half of imputation is this. While Christ takes upon Himself our sin, He gives to us His righteousness. We “become” righteous because we are sinners. Sinners can not become righteous in themselves because of their sinful nature. What the sinner could not do because of his sinful nature, Christ has done because of His perfection, and that is what is placed in your stead. We count ourselves righteous because of Christ’s perfect 33 years on Earth imputed to us.
Thoughts to Ponder
Tom Genovese, Sr.
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