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April 4

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

O grieving Christian! Why do you weep? Are you mourning over your own sinfulness? Then look to your perfect Lord and remember — you are complete in Him. In God’s sight you are as perfect as if you had never sinned. In actual fact it is even better than that — “The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jer. 33:16) has clothed you in His divine garment so that you have more than the righteousness of man — you have “the righteousness of God.”

Oh, you who mourn over your heredity of sin and depravity, remember that none of your sins can condemn you any longer. You have learned to hate sin, but you have also learned your sin is no longer yours — it was laid upon Christ’s head. You don’t stand before God on your own merits because you now stand in Christ by His work. Your acceptance is not in you, but lies in your Lord. Thus, you are as fully accepted before God today, with all of your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before His throne free from all sin and depravity.

I plead with you to take hold of this precious thought ​— “Perfect in Christ” (Col. 1:28)? “In Him you have been made complete” (Col. 2:10 NASB). Clothed in your Savior’s garment you are as holy as the Holy One Himself. “Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Rom. 8:34).

Dear Christian, let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6 KJV). What do you have to fear? Let your face forever wear a smile, live near your Master, live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when your time has come, you will rise up to where Jesus sits and will reign at His right hand.

All this because our Divine Lord, “who had no sin,” was made “to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

The primary difference between Christian-ity and every other faith or religion is that our faith is truly the only faith-based, as opposed to works-based, religion. Thus, by definition, Christian-ity is the only faith. people of other religions totally misunderstand our beliefs, typically thinking our acceptance by God is earned by living up to His laws, with our good works ultimately outweighing our bad. But they don’t understand this teaching of Paul: “No one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin” (Rom. 3:20) — and our need of a savior. Paul later expounds on this truth, describing those who have been saved by Jesus:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do . . . God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us.

Romans 8:1 – 4

If Jesus is your Savior, thank Him for this truth: “The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him” (Ps. 34:22).

Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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