Verse of the day.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord”
We know a lot, we do a lot, and even without giving much consideration to the person of God, we live by set standards of uprightness – be good to all, tolerant towards all, exhibit empathy, be kind. We make deliberate attempts to be good, upright, wise. This is often done in the hope of finding some favour with God, or in pursuit of some universal selfless ideal of being good to all around you, human or not. This is the natural man’s approach towards righteousness, but not God’s.
God lives in a dimension far greater than ours; His ways are, as a result, far greater than ours, and His thoughts far above ours. Thus, our noblest natural attempts at being upright before Him are only regarded as filthy rags. Therefore, no matter how good we try to be, our goodness never measures up to His. The darkness that is our spirits betrays us, constantly manifesting itself in the works of the flesh: our flaws, our weaknesses.
To be good before Him means to be good from deep within our spirits all the way up, not just our hearts, minds or deeds of nobility.
This is where Christ comes in. He finds us in our original state of sinful guilt and is made, for us, a covering of righteousness, a shield for us against God’s judgment against sin. He becomes our sanctification, our deliverance from the power of sin, our capacity for righteous living – as defined by God. And not just this, He becomes the (divine) wisdom of God to us, laying to rest the foolishness of the world which we once regarded as wisdom.
All this brings us to a place where we glory in nothing else but in Him who is for us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. This is the true story of grace. That of His fullness we have all received grace upon grace, such that we have no reason to glory in anything or anyone except in the Lord.God lives in a dimension far greater than ours, as a result of which His ways are far greater than ours, and His thoughts far above ours. Thus, our noblest natural attempts at being upright before Him are only regarded as filthy rags.
I accept the place of Christ Jesus as my wisdom, my righteousness, my sanctification, and my redemption; I choose to glory in nothing and no one else but Him alone.
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