“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ”—(2 Corinthians 5:20-21)
The good news is that if you’re born again, you’ve been reconciled to God. You are now the righteousness of God; placed rightly where God would have you live and function from—in Christ Jesus. This righteousness that you have now become is a direct product of your new birth. And like a Canadian being a person who was born in or holds the citizenship of Canada, the Righteousness of God is any person born in or holding the citizenship of Christ.
Put in another way, 2 Corinthians 5:21 means you have become all that God requires you to be in Christ, which you could never be by yourself:
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
“So what exactly have we been made? Or, what is this righteousness of God?” You might ask.
Well, the righteousness of God is the nature or character of God. It is His flawless personality that makes Him 100% accurate, precise and consistent in His thoughts, words ,deeds and relationships every time.
It is this very background of accuracy, precision and consistency from which He created Heaven and Earth, split the Red Sea and even answers your prayers today. No wonder Jesus said, if you being evil , know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11).
Here’s more: By making you His righteousness at the new birth, God also imputed this righteousness into your recreated human spirit. It is this God-righteousness in you, is what gives you the ability to stand before Him without a sense of fear, guilt or inferiority each time you pray or fellowship with Him. It is also what bestows you with an awareness of superiority, lordship and dominion over Satan and the hordes of darkness in situations that require that you confront them.
So the next time you come in contact with the words, ‘righteous’ or ‘righteousness’ in your personal study, let the words, ‘precision’, ‘accuracy’ and ‘consistency’ define them. And let pictures of your triumphing oneness with God trump every dark spot in the name of Jesus. Go ahead now, and make a specific request to our Righteous God for you of all, are His righteousness.
Patrick N. Igbinijesu