Posts Tagged ‘Romans 8:23-24’

Made the righteousness of God

March 29, 2018

2 Corinthians 5--21

As we continue moving toward the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the Verse of the Day for March 29, 2018 reminds us of the accomplished work of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

By means of this remarkable exchange, God replaces the righteousness of humanity, which is but “filthy rags” with the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:22 in the Amplified Bible further explains:

This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction,

Not only do we now have the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ, but we have so much more:

1 Corinthians 1:30 (REV):

But of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God—and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption,

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin],

Because of accomplished work of Jesus Christ, those who trust in him are made new, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 makes known:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The Amplified Bible explains in more detail:

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are made alive and obtain new life by the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:10-11 (Revised English Version) reiterates this point:

10 But, if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 Moreover, if the spirit of him who raised Jesus out from among the dead lives in you, he who raised Christ Jesus out from among the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit that dwells in you.

1 John 4:13 explains:

This is how we know that we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his spirit.

Since we have received the spirit of life, we are also encouraged to walk in that spirit:

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus 

has made me free from the law of sin and death

Romans 8:2

 

As we move into this new season, we shall see what it brings,

As we learn that the life in the Spirit is where we should be.

No longer in bondage to sin and death we have been set free.

Since we have been brought into the new, we can now do new things,

For our desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,

We know that we are saved by grace, not by our own merit.

We covenant with God that we will walk in the Spirit

And provide a place where the Spirit of God may dwell.

Ever aware of God’s loving kindness and faithfulness,

We embrace the Spirit of the Living God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As we mature, we attain a measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free

To walk into the fullness of all God has called us to be.

We close with the Verse of the Day set to music by Hosanna! Music: God made Him (2 Corinthians 5:21):

 

Christ’s birth: a kind of first fruits

December 12, 2016

 

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Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for December 12, 2016 offers another passage related to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ taken from Galatians 4:4-5 in the Amplified Bible:

But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family]. But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Apropos of the Christmas season, the passage also brings to mind the birth of Jesus Christ through whom we have the adoption as sons.  Adoption is a legal process whereby adopted sons had the same rights and privileges as sons who were naturally born into a family. Indeed, as legally adopted sons, believers have the right to our father’s inheritance and all that citizenship in His heavenly kingdom entails.

A similar expression is used in Romans 8:23-24 (NASB):

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

The reference to Jesus Christ as a glorious illustration of first fruits was the inspiration behind this poem with that title:

First fruits

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth

by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind

of first fruits among His creatures.

James 1:18 (NASB)

 

Ever transform, as You so fashion our visage

To be like Christ, the brightness of your glory.

In Your refiner’s fire melt us that we might be

Molded, our being cast in His express image:

As brand new boldface type printed upon the page,

As a double eagle minted in your treasure,

Stamped with the very essence of your character

To convey the awesome power of your message.

So saturate our lives: spirit, heart, soul, and mind,

Every fiber of my being, down to our pores;

Permeate us with Your presence that we might find

Our true calling as Christ’s faithful ambassadors.

More than mere vessel, vehicle, or instrument,

Like Christ, we are formed as first fruits of God’s intent.

Although as believers we recognize and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we also remember His birth is only the first part of his five-fold purpose: he was born; he lived and he died; he was raised from the dead; he ascended to his Father; and he shall return.

We, first of all, realize that Jesus Christ was born to die, for we cannot deny that he was also crucified, that he died, and that he was buried, but we also proclaim that “He is risen, indeed.”  In addition, just as Christ ascended to the Father, we also proclaim: “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command. …And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive…will be caught up together with them…and so we will always be with the Lord.” All of this comes to mind with the birth of Jesus Christ.

One of the popular songs of the Christmas season is the 20th Century spiritual “Amen” with lyrics that tell not only of the birth of Jesus Christ but give an overview of his entire life in a most memorable way. Here is Larnell Harris offering his moving rendition:

Verse of the Day: Adoption of sons

December 12, 2013

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The Verse of the Day for December 12, 2013 is taken from Galatians 4:4-5 :

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Apropos of the Christmas season the passage brings to mind the birth of Jesus Christ through whom we have the adoption as sons.  Adoption is a legal process whereby adopted sons had the same rights and privileges as sons who were naturally born into a family. Indeed, as legally adopted sons we have the right to our father’s inheritance and that his citizenship entails.

The same expression is used in Romans 8:23-24:

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

This related passage is part of the introduction for an original poem written for a student in one the writing classes that I recently taught. It was an unusual class in that all seven of the students were nurses working on their bachelor’s degree. This particular student was a nurse in labor and delivery, an area where she loved to serve and where she hoped to someday become a nurse practitioner.

The French have a word that describes a female attendant at a birthing, une accoucheuse, a phrase that is used in the title of the poem came to mind as I reflected upon the two passages related to giving birth.

Une accoucheuse* with hands to bless

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors

with birth pangs together until now.

 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the  Spirit,

even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting

 for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Romans 8:23-24

Your delight is to assist in bringing forth new life,

To observe, to help monitor the birthing process,

As a nurse practitioner, a kind of midwife,

As the French would say, “une accoucheuse,” with hands to bless

And bear witness of the golden aura of God’s glory:

Unbearable pain transformed into unspeakable joy.

The wonder of creation astounds in all you see,

Beholding the crowning entrance of each girl and boy.

You find extreme pleasure in all the work that you do.

Your life’s work is your great reward beyond any wage.

After countless times, each labor and delivery is new,

As tears of joy overflow throughout the final stage.

The whole of God’s creation, all of heaven and earth,

Also wait to experience the miracle of childbirth.

So many of the songs of Christmas refer to the birth of the Jesus Christ, and one of my favorite is the spiritual “Children, Go Where I Send Thee.” Listen to this rousing rendition by contemporary Christian artist, Mandisa. The lyrics begin and end with a reference to “the little biddy baby who was born, born, born in Bethlehem.”

During this season we are continually reminded of the birth of the Savior who came forth in the fullness of time that we might have the adoption as sons.