#449 (30/9/21) - RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS AND REDEMPTION
This week’s devotionals are from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
‘It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.’ (1 Corinthians 1:30)
If you get on a plane, a boat, a train… you will experience the benefits of being in such technology. You can do what would be impossible with your natural faculties. To be ‘in Christ’ is to experience all the benefits of being united to Him by the Spirit. To be ‘in Christ’ is what it means to be a Christian. You get in Christ through faith in the gospel message.
In Christ, we have ‘wisdom from God’. This wisdom is defined as ‘righteousness, holiness and redemption’. The world’s wisdom may look attractive and powerful, however, it is only God’s wisdom and power - Jesus and His cross - which can grant us these peerless gifts of righteousness, holiness and redemption.
JESUS IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Jesus has become our righteousness. To be righteous is to be accounted as having never sinned and as having lived a perfect life. This is equivalent to justification which I summarise as ‘just as if I’d lived like Jesus’. A great text on this is from Romans,
‘But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.’ (Romans 3:21-24)
JESUS IS OUR HOLINESS
Jesus is our holiness. To be holy is to be chosen and set apart for God as His precious possession. Holiness often relates to our behaviour (we are to live holy lives) but in the context of 1 Corinthians 1:30 holiness is referring to our identity as having been made holy by God by His choosing us by grace. As Peter wrote,
'But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.' (1 Peter 2:9)
JESUS IS OUR REDEMPTION
Jesus is our redemption. Redemption comes from the world of slavery. Redemption is the price paid for a slave’s freedom, or the price to transfer the slave to a new master. We belong to God and have been purchased by the blood of Christ. Peter writes,
‘For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.’ (1 Peter 3:18-19)