Monday, March 11, 2013

Why Jesus Came to Die - Day 6

I do apologize for not having posted the past few days. We have been sick with the flu and I have been getting caught up..

So this is Day 6, reasons 11-12, from "Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die" by John Piper.

11 - To Complete the Obedience that Becomes Our Righteousness

"Being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:8

"For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous." Romans 5:19

"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21

"...not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ." Philippians 3:9

"Justification is not merely the cancellation of my unrighteousness. It is also the imputation of Christ's righteousness to me. I do not have a righteousness that commends me to God...Christ's righteousness..It is imputed to me...that righteousness was reckoned to be mine, when I trusted in him. I was counted righteous. God looked on Christ's perfect righteousness, and he declared me to be righteous with the righteousness of Christ."

12 - To take away our Condemnation

"Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died - more than that, who was raised - who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us." Romans 8:34

The great conclusion to the suffering and death of Christ is this: 'There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.' (Romans 8:1) To be 'in Christ' means to be in relationship to him by faith. Faith in Christ unites us to Christ so that his death becomes our death and his perfection becomes our perfection. Christ becomes our punishment (which we don't have to bear) and our perfection (which we cannot perform)."

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For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17 This is great news!

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