Sitting around with a small group of women, coffee in hand, engaging in a little chit-chat is one of my favorite places to be. In the last few weeks, I’ve been able to do that, and twice, our “shooting the breeze” has led to such matters as substitutionary atonement, double imputation and justification. Anything can happen when a group of women get together and jaws start flapping!
One of the most important and powerful verses in all of scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Jesus, although sinless, was regarded as sin for our sake.
Christ became our substitute. He bore the wrath of God in our place.
God imputed our sin and guilt to Christ.
God imputes the righteous of Christ to us, a righteousness not our own.
We are regarded as forgiven.
We are declared forgiven.
Amazing the weight that one sentence can hold! Pervading what this truth should do to our lives and families!
How should such deep theological truths impact our marriages, parenting, self-image in this world?
I was mad at Chris this weekend. Something he did irritated me, and I was wrestling with how to let go of it. I remembered what a friend said when discussing this verse, What if I viewed my husband as righteous the way God does?, and it hit me from a different angle. Justification is outrageously difficult for us to grasp for ourselves as believers; do we accept our brothers/sisters in Christ as righteous as well? I understand we’re not capable of seeing through the perfect lenses of the Creator, but my unwillingness to forgive was challenged when I realized I was withholding from a man who had already been forgiven by God.
The pressure is off of our believing children when the expectations of them being perfect has been shifted to their true identity in Christ. When we consider our children wrapped in the righteousness of Christ, they will no longer be required to meet our expectations, and good behavior for the sake of good behavior will no longer be the goal; seeking and loving the One who has draped them will be our primary desire for their lives.
I sat across the table from a beautiful friend recently. She keeps her body in excellent shape. Her eyes, smile, hair, skin are all incredible. By the world’s standards, she’s very attractive. She thinks she’s ugly. Ugly enough that she shouldn’t leave the house some days. Who would have ever thought that what makes her beautiful is blood? She is completely blanketed in a righteousness not her own. Jesus took the most beautiful pieces he could find to cover every square inch of the ugliness of sin, pieces like daughter, alive, redeemed, loved, chosen, joint-heir, atoned-for, forgiven, justified. When we look in the mirror, those are the words we should see.
These are just some of the ways these deep theological truths should pervade our lives and homes.
It may stir a different conversation in your circle of friends.
How should these truths change your