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What does it mean for us to become the “righteousness of God” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)?
This is a stunning and breathtaking passage of Scripture! The Lord Jesus died in our place on the cross (Rom. 8:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). Therefore, when we trust Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we become the righteousness of God in Christ. All that our infinite and Holy God requires us to be, all we could not be in ourselves, we become that the moment we trust Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. In Christ we are perfect before God as far as our position and status are concerned. We are highly favored and beloved (Rom. 5:1; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:6). Our growth in practical sanctification grows out of the reality that we are all that God requires us to be in Christ.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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