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).
What an awesome truth revealed to us in the verse above! It says that Christ Jesus was made sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. What a phenomenal truth! Unfortunately, this blessed reality is one of those “unexplored highlands” in the Christian experience. Many haven’t understood it yet. Notice again what it says: “…that we might be made the righteousness of God in him….” This is different from us being made righteous. God made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin, not just so that we might be made righteous, but that we might become the very righteousness of God in Him. What does this mean?
The Greek word translated righteousness in our opening verse is “dikaiosune,” and it properly means equity; the quality of fairness. This means that the righteousness of God particularly describes His character. Therefore, we’re the unveiling of His character. This is wonderful! It means that God points to us as trophies of His goodness. Goodness is a measure of character. He wants all principalities and powers to look at us and see his goodness: “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10). This is what He means by us being the righteousness of God in Christ.
Romans 3:24-26 says, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
What this means is that through the redemption that’s in Christ Jesus, God has proven Himself just, in justifying the sinner. Jesus Christ was delivered to death for our offenses, and raised back to life, not for our forgiveness, cleansing, or redemption, but for our justification. Blessed truth! It completely staggers natural comprehension, that we’re the proof of His goodness. We’re His righteousness in manifestation.
My life, O Lord, is a proof of your righteousness; I’m a trophy of your goodness, showcased for the world to see that your excellence and beauty are inexhaustible. I declare today, that through me the character of your goodness will be lavishly expressed to everyone I come in contact with. Amen.
Further Study: Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13; Psalms 147:11