For He hath made him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him – 2Corinthians 5:21
Talking about Jesus and us, the Bible says, “…as He is so are we in this world” (1John 4:17). We’ve been initiated into the same kind of life (Colossians 3:3-4)! We have His character, and the same essence of divinity (2 Peter 1:4), having become one with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). We have His nature of righteousness, for He gave us His own righteousness, thus you’re as righteous as Jesus is righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
There are people who as a result of their ignorance of New Testament realities claim it’s impossible for anyone to be as righteous as Jesus is. They claim it’s impossible to act like God or do things like Him, but the Bible says, “Therefore be imitators of God [copy him and follow his example] as well-beloved children [imitate their father]” (Ephesians 5:1 Amp).
The only reason the scripture above implores us to imitate God is that we’re like Him! We’re created in His image and His likeness (Genesis 1:26); we have His life and nature of righteousness (Romans 5:17-21). Thus, we can think (1 Corinthians 2:16), speak, act and live exactly as Jesus did when He was here on earth (John 14:12). He was never defeated or disadvantaged; He couldn’t be! That’s the same life He’s given to us. He told us to be holy, “…Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1Peter 1:16); the only reason He asks this of us is because we are already holy. It would be wrong for Him to ask us to be something we aren’t (by nature).
When you were born again, you accepted God’s ways, and His life and nature of righteousness was imparted into your spirit. Now, no matter how little a child is at birth, it’s not less human than the parents that gave birth to it. Growing up, the child may make a lot of mistakes; he may stumble and fall many times from learning to walk, but that doesn’t make the child any less human. In the same way, the righteousness that you have is perfect, being the righteousness of Christ; it can’t be improved upon, for you don’t improve on perfect.
You can never be more righteous than you are right now. The reason you may still find yourself doing wrong things sometimes isn’t because you have a lesser or inferior righteousness to what Jesus has, it’s because spiritually, you’re still growing. And that’s the reason for the teachings of the Word, to build you up, and make you perfect and mature in the things of God (Ephesians 4:11-12). But already, you’re as righteous as Jesus is righteous. You have the ability to think, live and do things right like Him. Praise God!
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Through the Word of God and the ministry of the Spirit, I’m being transfigured daily into the image of the Son of God! His life and nature of righteousness imparted into my spirit gives me the ability to live, act and talk like Him, for as He is, so am I! I thank you Father for this truth which I’ve learnt today. Amen.
Further Study: Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV); 1 Corinthians 1:30