For Us He Became Sin

“II Corinthians 5:21 informs us that Jesus became sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus did not have to identify with mankind ― souls born into the nature of sin (Romans 5:12-14). Jesus was sinless; he was perfect, but for us he became sin, the righteous one for unrighteousness ones as he totally identified with man and literally tasted death for all (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus did this unselfishly because he loved you and me! We may now identify with him, yes we can ― we have been enabled to because of the love of God in us, which when applied will place us directly in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).” ~LMJ~

The Right to Our Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Righteousness is a God-given right to walk before our heavenly Father without any fear of unrighteousness, condemnation, or guilt from sin. We now know that Jesus bore our sins upon the cross, becoming the complete payment for our sins. By Jesus Christ having done this for us, we can now receive the righteousness of God and eternal life, a life that is free from judgments and condemnation and we have now received the spiritual rights to accept all of God’s love.

I John 4:10 – Herein is love, not that we {first} loved God, but that he {first} loved us {Ephesians 1:4}, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The word propitiation means that the payment for our sins has been paid in full, and that the Son of God was that payment, not only for our sins that we have past committed, but indeed for every sin we will ever commit. This, of course, is not a license to sin but a license to accept and believe in the gracious gift of righteousness that our God has given to us because Jesus did indeed give himself for our sins, and bore our sins, and he was also the payment for our sins upon that cross.

Romans 3:25-26:
-25:  Whom {Jesus Christ} God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare {make perfectly clear} his {God’s} righteousness for the remission {a total washing away} of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
-26:  To declare, I say, at this time {in God’s grace} his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him {i.e., us} which believeth in Jesus.

In I John we saw that Jesus was the propitiation, the complete payment for our sins, and here in Romans we see that this was “to declare God’s righteousness.” We are now clothed in God’s righteousness to have and enjoy. Adam and Eve lost the righteousness of God upon and in their lives when they fell in Eden. Their covering of fig leaves was a figurative attempt to put on a manmade righteousness, apart from God’s favor, for by their win they lost God’s own righteousness within. Today, because Jesus was a totally sinless man, he was able to be our propitiation, purchasing again God’s complete righteousness for men and women that comes to us without works, but by the grace of God in Christ who is now in our hearts. We can (and do) walk with God equally and proportionately to the same fellowship, union, and serenity that Adam and Eve originally had when they walked hand in hand in the garden with their heavenly Father.

I John 2:1-2:
-1:  MY little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate {a defender, who is Jesus Christ and he stands at the right hand of God continually making intercession on our behalf} with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous {one}:
-2:  And he is the propitiation for our sins {that man inevitably will make, because we are not perfect}: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The entire world is not saved; however, whenever someone becomes saved they also receive forgiveness and the righteousness of God. This is why Jesus Christ, the righteous one, was and is the propitiation and the complete payment for the sins of the world, including yours and mine.

The Gifts and Calling of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus was physically here walking upon the earth, everything he did was perfect and complete. His life totally exemplified the prophecies written about him as he redeemed us from our sins. Today we know that his mission was successful, and we now belong to God through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ our Savior. We are saved by believing in and confessing the Savior from sin (Romans 10:9-10), for Jesus Christ is our Savior from not only the sin of the world, but also the sin nature implanted in man since the fall of man in Genesis.

Acts 3:18-19:
-18:  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
-19:  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out {washed away totally leaving no stain whatsoever}, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Jesus Christ had fulfilled every legal requirement needed to bring salvation to humanity, giving us total access into God’s family. Now that we are saved, we can spiritually take our rightful place at God’s right hand with Christ. To repent or repentance (contrary to some beliefs) can only be done once because when we repent we are saved for eternity. Repentance is when we confess the Savior from sin. We cannot lose our eternal sonship right of being God’s children because He will never take back our eternal life – this is why our salvation is referred to as “being born again” in I Peter 1:23. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29), means that our God will never repent from calling you, nor will He ever regret giving you His gift of eternal life, or all His blessings, or your free and total access to His throne and His heart.

After our salvation, do we still fall prey to temptations and are we swayed by the sin nature? Yes, all Christians will be tempted, and blow it even after salvation, and it is at this point believers feel that they have lost their salvation, that their relationship with God has been severed, and condemnation thus begins reigning supreme in the conscious mind. So what do we do at this point to regain our good standing with God? From the time of our salvation, onward, until Christ returns, we simply confess our mistakes or shortcomings to God in prayer to receive forgiveness.

I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The word, confess means to agree in our minds that yes, we indeed have blown it. God allows us to honestly admit that we made a mistake. This is the way God designed our forgiveness. God knows that we will from time to time blow it, so He has given to us an easy way back into fellowship with Him. When we become honest within our hearts and simply say something like this: “Yes, I blew it. I am truly sorry. I will try my best to walk with You today. I am honestly thankful that You have cleansed me from any and all unrighteousness and I thank you for this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Then our heavenly Father instantly and faithfully forgives and cleanses us from our shortcomings and again shows us that we have His righteousness to walk with Him in His divine love. The reason that our God can completely forgive us is because of what the Savior from sin has accomplished for us.

A More Excellent Way (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31 – But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

“But covet earnestly the best gifts.” This is the “way” that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying, sure you can try your hardest to get the best spiritual gifts, “yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Paul was writing to an entire Church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, “a more excellent way.” This way is the way of love. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because it is God’s way. The very next verse begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity.  The love of God (charity) is the “more excellent way” because it will bring the most needful and “best gifts” right to you.

I Corinthians chapter 13 unfolds to the believers some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance, “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6 – {charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

“Iniquity” means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who just wronged us fall down and we think “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or being happy with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing abundantly.

I Corinthians 13:8a – Charity never faileth: . . .

How often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never! How do Christians avoid being failures? “Charity never faileth.” When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, “charity never faileth.”

Our loving Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly be rejoicing in the truth, for you will tap into a new spiritual love that will never fail you.

A More Excellent Way (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

But covet earnestly the best gifts is the way that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying the opposite; sure you can try your hardest (and covet earnestly) to get the best spiritual gifts, yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Paul was writing to an entire church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, a more excellent way. This way is the way of love, to conduct our lives with charity as the following verses in chapter 13 then explain. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because living with the love of God in our hearts is the best way to enjoy life and experience happiness.

The basis for Paul explaining to the believers that there is a more excellent way goes back to verse 27–31 of I Corinthians chapter 12, which shows some of the gifts that the believers in the church were coveting, thus prompting Paul’s discourse.

I Corinthians 12:27–30:
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
-28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
-29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
-30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

This section of Scripture first states that we are the body of Christ and then that we are members in particular in that body. Each believer is unique within the body and each has a special place that is tailor-made for him or her with room to grow. As Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” It is this more excellent way of God’s love that allows room to grow and enjoy life as God intended for His children.

Then within this body, there are some ministries given by God in Christ Jesus, such as Apostles and Prophets and Teachers. Also, some believers in the body work miracles very well, such as ministering healing to others. As well, there are others in the body who are very diverse in the use of additional spiritual gifts and manifestations that have been supplied by God’s grace to help us walk with Him and with each other.

The verses above are not a shopping list from which we can pick and choose the ones we personally want to have; rather, God set some, i.e., God gives to His children what is needed at the appropriate time and in the proper measure to supply whatever would fit the spiritual need within the body of Christ. Paul is saying that when and where believers simply conduct their lives in love, they will then have tapped into the more excellent way as God supplies to His church (the body of Christ) the best and most needed gifts, which will be received effortlessly and enjoyed by all.

I Corinthians chapter 13 begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity. The love of God (charity) is the more excellent way because it will bring the most needed and “best gifts” right to you at the appropriate time and in the right measure. The chapter unfolds to the believers the more excellent way with explanations of some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6: {Charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Iniquity means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who wronged us in some way in the past now going through a hard time and we think, “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or finding satisfaction with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God. This is because charity thinketh no evil.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing ― abundantly. I Corinthians 13:8 reads, “Charity never faileth” when active in one’s life. Now, how often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never!

How do Christians avoid being failures? Charity never faileth. When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, charity never faileth.

Our loving, heavenly Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way and learn to be loving, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly fulfil your God-given talents and gifts as you continue rejoicing in the truth, for you will have tapped into a new spiritual love that will never fail you, for it is God’s more excellent way.

I Peter 4: 8–11 (The Amplified Bible):**
-8: Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
-9: Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
-10: As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
-11: Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
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