This is already the twentieth devotional of In Christ Alone: What Every Christian Needs to Know More Deeply and Experience More Profoundly. As believers we’re to constantly reject our own righteousness and, instead, embrace Christ’s righteousness.
But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certain not!
This verse seems to coincide with what Paul wrote to the Romans: “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” (Rom. 6:15). Basically, when we believe “that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal. 2:16), are we not rejecting the law and open the floodgates to lawless living? That’s what some insinuated Paul taught: “And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying” (Rom. 3:8).
Paul made it clear that true gospel preaching doesn’t indicate that at all. Rather, the gospel teaches us that, by faith, we’re united to Christ. His death has then also become our death to God’s law in order that we may live to God (see Gal. 2:19). There’s no true living unto God by His law, but only through Jesus. The law cannot do what only Christ can do. The main point of this devotional, though, is the word endeavor, which means “to seek in order to find.”
To embrace Christ’s righteousness as our own—being “found in him”—is not just a one-time decision; it’s a lifelong pursuit. It’s the same as when Paul wrote: “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain” (1 Cor. 15:1-2).
After Paul had stated that he wanted to “be found in him,” he also stated: “I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own,” and, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phi. 3:9, 12, 14).
There’s a “strange” duality to the gospel. On the one hand, Jesus has made us His own; while on the other hand, we’re to press on to make it our own. There’s a perfect harmony between them, though. Both are inseparably true.
As believers, we’re to continually seek “to be justified in Christ.” That means we’re to continually reject our own “righteousness” as our confidence. Instead, we should find our flawless righteousness in Christ alone.
The Devotional Writer
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