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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 Vice President and Dean of Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. An ordained minister, Winfred has served churches across the city of Chicago, the near west suburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He is the author of How to Overcome Worry (Moody Publishers) and a contributor to the Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Handbook of Preaching. Winfred and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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