Spurgeon said “These are blessed subjects, though I cannot speak upon them as I would. I always find when I have to deal with these “fat things full of marrow,” that words fail us; and perhaps it is well, for then the excellency of the power is proved to be not by words of man but in the weight, and fullness, and richness of gospel matter. Joint heirs with Christ Jesus!”
At The Gathering, our little bible study, this week we entered into a discussion concerning the deeper things, the mysteries of God. We filled the full spectrum of understanding of Christ’s righteousness being our righteousness.
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 Cor 5:21
We were on both sides of the coin in understanding Christ to be All Man and All God. And our being Co-Heirs with Christ, fully righteous because of Him.
For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over al rule and authority. Col 2:9-10
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—1 Cor 1:30
And then there was this other side of the coin being my soul is still full of sin, I see it everyday, I know it about myself and I am not equal with Christ. If I believed that then I would be full of pride and puffed up and surely there is no righteousness there.
I know not the answers that we seek. I only know what God has taught me to this point. I, like Spurgeon, failed with words and it was well to let the excellency of the power be proved by the gospel. 2nd Corinthians 5 saved us and will continue to enlighten us.
Here is what I know…I will never be considered equal with Christ apart from Christ. It is only through His righteousness that I boast of anything. Righteousness is not holiness. Righteousness is right-standing. Because I am in Christ Jesus, because He saved me, I can live like Him, talk like Him, and act like Him, IF I abide in Him. The word of God will change me, spirit, soul and body. Our righteousness stands or falls with Christ’s righteousness. If He is not the righteousness of God, I have no claim either. Holiness is your conduct; righteousness is what you are, it is God’s nature in you because of Christ. We legally and strictly have no inheritance apart from him. But in HIM we have access to it all. Partakers of God only if though art in Christ. Through Christ righteousness you have become in right-standing with God. When God sees you He sees Christ.
That is where your hope dwells, where your faith is practiced. Trust in Christ righteousness as your own, Christ inheritance as your inheritance, by no other means will you enter into God’s house, by not other means will you be saved, by no other means will holiness be uncovered and lived out in your life. Only through Christ, joint heirs with him, because of God’s grace and divine design.