We'll continue with our study of "In Him" verses today in 2 Corinthians:
2 Cor 5:21 (KJV)
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
For "He hath made", the Greek word, poieo, we covered in the previous post. It means: to make or do, to construct, to form , to fashion, to be the author of, to prepare, to provide a thing for oneself, to make something out of anything, him to be "sin", the Greek word, hamartia, which means: sin, offence, to be without a share in, to miss the mark, to err, to be mistaken, to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honor, to do or go wrong, to violate God's law, "for", the Greek word, huper, which means: in behalf of, for the sake of, us "Who (Jesus) knew", the Greek word, ginosko, which means: to come to know, to get a knowledge by perception, to understand, to perceive, to become acquainted with, no sin "that", the Greek word, hina, which means: in order that (denoting the purpose or result), to the intent that, we "might be made", the Greek word, ginomai, which means: to come into existence, to begin to be, to receive being, to come to pass, the "righteousness", the Greek word, dikaiosune, which means: equity of character, state of him who is as he ought to be, the condition acceptable to God, integrity, virtue, purity of life, of God in Him. The Amplified Bible says it this way:
2 Cor 5:21 (Amplified)
21For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
So what should we say about ourselves from this verse? We should say:
God has made me righteous! I didn't do it, God did! I am in right standing with God because of what Jesus has done for me. Jesus, Who IS righteous, WAS MADE sin with MY sin, so that I could be BE righteous with HIS righteousness. I now have the right to stand in the presence of the God of the Bible as though I've never done anything wrong! I can stand in God's presence without condemnation or inferiority of any kind, because of Jesus! Thank You, Jesus!
Let's look at another "in Him" Scripture:
Rom 8:1 (KJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
We see here that there is now no "condemnation", the Greek word, katakrima, which means: an adverse sentence or verdict, no judgement, to them which are in Christ Jesus, "who walk", Greek peripoteo, which means: to make one's way, to progress, to make due use of opportunities, to regulate one's life, to conduct oneself, to pass one's life, not after the "flesh", the Greek word, sarx, which means: the mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God, but after the "spirit", the Greek word pneuma, which means: the Spirit of God, the reborn human spirit. The Amplified Bible says this:
Rom 8:1 (Amplified)
1THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
So what should I be saying here? Say this:
Because I am IN Christ Jesus , RIGHT NOW, present tense, then there is no sense of condemnation about me! I see myself the way that my Father God sees me, through the blood of Jesus! Made new and pure in Him! I have the right, the privilege and the responsibility to go boldly before His presence for answers to my needs and the needs of others!
We'll look at some more In Him verses in our next post.
Shalom in Him!