“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” —1Cor 1:30
The scriptures reveal that God sent His son, Jesus Christ to the earth to die for our sins. He died and resurrected so that through His death those who accept Him would receive salvation and eternal life. The coming of Christ is the most essential and fundamental reason for our Christian faith. We study four of the things Christ has been made to the Christian from the scripture 1Cor1:30. ”But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
- Eternal Life is the life of God a person receives when they receive Jesus. Christ’s resurrection from death means that we have eternal life. John 3:16 explains that “whoever believes in Christ will not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus came to give us the God-kind of life. The moment you receive Jesus into your life, you have received eternal life now not just in the future. In John 5:24, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life [not “will have” but “has”—now!], and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” In other words, eternal life is not something you wait for after death. It is something you have NOW if you believe in Jesus. An absence from the earthly body is not eternal death. John 11:25-26 – “I am the resurrection and I am life. Whoever believes in me will never die.”
- Righteousness/Right Standing is the ability to live without condemnation from sin. Righteousness is imparted unto the Christian, not because we earned it, but as a gift. This is the definition of grace – Jesus paid a price that we could never have paid. In John 1:29, John exclaimed when he saw Jesus, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” His death on the cross took the place of our sin and death- He suffered the condemnation of God for our sake, this sacrifice put us in right standing with God. The very righteousness of Christ was exchanged for our sins. In Romans 8:2, Paul reiterates John’s comment above that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death. Righteousness ensures the Christian is legally free. Romans 5:17 says if by one man’s offense, death reigned, then by one man’s (Jesus) sacrifice, righteousness reigns.
- Sanctification means to set apart for God. To be changed from beasts into saints, made holy, to be made partakers of a divine nature; to be translated from the kingdom of Satan, into the kingdom of God’s dear Son! To put off the old man, which is corrupt, and to put on the new man, which is created after God, in righteousness and true holiness! In 1 Corinthians 6:11, Paul reminds the Corinthians, “And that is what some of you were but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Before your acceptance of Christ, there was no way you could inherit God’s kingdom. Now, the bible declares the Kingdom of God has been given to the sons of God.The will of God is to set the Christian apart. To do this, He had to send Jesus- 1st Thessalonians 4:3. If the blood of bulls and goats had power to cleanse from sin, how much more will the blood of Jesus? Hebrews 9:13-14, 10:10-17. In verse 17 it says, “and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In place of sin, God looks at us through the lens of Christ.
- Wisdom. The wisdom of God is revealed through Christ- 1 Corinthians 1:24; and through Christ we have received wisdom. The book of Isaiah revealed before Christ’s coming that the Spirit of wisdom will rest upon Him (Isaiah 11:2). Therefore, when we accept Christ, we have access to the Spirit of wisdom. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him (Colossians 2:3). You want to be full of wisdom? You’ve got to receive Christ.
What a privilege all this is. The angels at the birth of Christ said to the humble shepherds, `Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy’; unto you that believe in Christ `a Savior is born’. Our savior’s birth means we are now made righteous, that we have peace with God and can never be condemned, and God’s wisdom and power has been given to us. Christ’s coming has revolutionized our relationship with God. There are privileges that a new testament believer enjoys that old testament believers never even dreamed of. This consciousness must be in us as a constant demonstration of all that Christ has been made to us. Enjoy your God-given life, start now!