Righteousness

To be a righteousness person under the Law, one would have to keep the whole Law.  Breaking one commandments would mean that the whole Law is broken.  The Law by its intrinsic nature shows us that it is impossible for anyone to keep the Law.  The Law sets standards that were too high for anyone born of Adam to keep.  Sinful man cannot keep standard of perfection the Law demanded.

Because no one could keep the Law, woven into the Law was a series of  sacrifices for the forgiveness of sin.  Anyone who lived under the Law was covered by the blood of animals. They were declared righteous in the sight of God, not because they were righteous, but because their sins were covered by the sacrifice of animals.  That is why the Law is called the Law of sin and death.

The Law established the principle that the shedding of blood is necessary for the forgiveness of sin.  However, the remedy prescribed under the Law was only a temporary fix. 

It wasn’t until Christ came that sin was defeated. Jesus fulfilled the Law and its requirements, and then he gave His life for us on the Cross.  He paid the penalty that the Law required.  He paid the price for sin, so that we don’t have to.  He took our place in death, so that we don’t have to die.  Jesus became sin for us, so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ

Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose from the grave. He rose from death to life.  Jesus overcame death. God the Father raised Him from the dead.  He was given a new body, not a body of flesh and  blood, but a spiritual body. 

That is why we are the righteousness of God in Christ.  Through his death we receive forgiveness of sin, and through His resurrection we receive new life.

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