Do you ever focus on the significance of the resurrection of the (risen) Lord Jesus Christ?
[I’m speaking to the professing Christian]
Consider the gravity of what God is telling us in the following scripture please:
20 “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
There we see Abraham who’s our example of righteousness by faith. But did you also notice that Jesus’ resurrection is referenced twice? (In contrast to His crucifixion which is only referenced once).
That fact has significance, and if you’ll allow me to expand a little on this topic, I believe that your appreciation for His resurrection will be intensified. So let’s take a little walk and talk about these things shall we?
Ever so frequently those who claim Christ don’t effectually push past crucifixion day, and really see the eclipsing beauty of resurrection day. This mindset parallels with the masses of professing Christians who are still struggling to comprehend the total sin-forgiveness that Jesus’ crucifixion achieved for His sheep. Which is evidenced by their groping to receive ongoing, incremental forgiveness from God, (when total forgiveness of their sins has already been applied to them). So how can they grasp the greater truth of righteousness, when they’re still in a fog about how forgiven they are?
Well we just read there in verse 25 where Jesus was delivered for our offences. That of course speaks to His being made a curse for us to satisfy God’s justice, His blood and crucifixion being the satisfying payment to God for all of our evil.
But did you ever think about (as glorious and necessary as that sin-payment is), that that is specific to clearing our sin debt & sanctifying us?
But our righteousness comes from His resurrection!
Our having been made the righteousness of God doesn’t come from the cross, but from Jesus’ resurrection! His cross is the beginning of our being made acceptable to God, but His resurrection is the finished product.
Allow me to use a number line for illustration please, because I believe that it may help some people to better visualize what I’m trying to say.
Let’s say that you owe the IRS big money (that you don’t have), you’re in a bad place.
On a number line of worth you’re at a negative 10. You not only don’t have money, but you owe money.
Well suppose someone pays your debt in full.
That’s fantastic beyond words ain’t it? Whew! What a blessing!
Well, that’s what the cross accomplished.
But guess what?
You’re still broke, (because only your debt was paid off).
Only now instead of being at negative 10, you’re at zero dollars.
Now we move to the accomplishment of the Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Do you remember in verse 25 where God said that Jesus “was raised again for our justification”?
Well that’s where you go from being broke with your debt paid off, to being a billionaire (entirely as a free gift to you).
His resurrection is where you go from zero on the number line, to immediately being a perfect 10 on the number line!
Our justification is in Jesus’ resurrection, His resurrection is our righteousness! That’s where the grandest of all blessings are, in His resurrection!
Because of His resurrection (not His crucifixion), we’re the very righteousness of God! His life is our life, His resurrection is our resurrection in that it is our completed acceptance of God, (Who requires perfection of everyone belonging to His kingdom)!
So I encourage you to press in for yourself and see if what I’m telling you is so, (because revelation to me isn’t necessarily revelation to you).
Prayerfully get into your king James Bible, and make it your business to really understand and believe everything that God has given to you in the death, burial, and resurrection of your risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Do that, and pretty soon you’ll be running around all excited like I am…hey y’all God has made me the righteousness of God!
Oh boy am I excited!!!
It’ll blow your mind how magnificent of an inheritance that God has given to His saints.
It’s exciting! It’s fantabulous! It’s thrilling!
I suppose that this perfect treasure to us from God is encapsulated most-perfectly in Hebrews 10.14
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
May God’s grace be magnified in your spirit dear saint.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!
4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”