“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Cor 5:21
What response should this staggering truth cause in us? CH Spurgeon does excellently to encourage us.
Mourning Christian why do you weep? Are you mourning over your own corruptions? Look to your perfect Lord, and remember, your are complete in Him; you are in God’s sight as perfect as if you had never sinned; oh, more than that, the Lord our Righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that your have more than the righteousness of man—you have the righteousness of God.
You who mourn by reason of inbred sin and depravity, remember, none of your sins can condemn you. You have learned to hate sin; but your have learned also to know that sin is not yours—it was laid upon Christ’s head. Your standing is not in yourself—it is in Christ; your acceptance is not in yourself, but in your Lord; you are as much accepted of God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before His throne, free from all corruption.
Hold on to this precious thought, perfection in Christ! For you are “complete in Him.” With your Saviour’s garment on, you are holy as the Holy one. “Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Christian, let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the beloved”—what have you to fear?
Let your face ever wear a smile; live near your Master; live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when your time has come, your will rise up where your Jesus sits, and reign at His right hand; and all this because the divine Lord “was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 1
Let us live lives in Righteous Obedience; not Religious Obligation, that are fueled by knowing who we already are in and through Christ. As we know this awesome truth, our hearts must hate sin more, and bow in awestruck wonder at this beautiful exchange – my sin for His Righteousness.
1 | [Updated English] From – Spurgeon, C. H. Morning & Evening.