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First born from the dead

The Church has had a limited Redemption. It has been more occupied in the meaning of the Greek word than it has in the reality of our deliverance from the dominion of the Devil. You notice that we have been delivered out of the authority of Satan and we have been redeemed. Two things have taken place: the penalty has been paid that we owed to Justice. Jesus met it when He was made sin on our behalf, and He went to the place of Justice where He suffered for us. Then He met the requirements when He was made alive in Spirit: 1 Peter 3:18 with 2 Timothy 3:16. As soon as He was justified and made alive He met the Adversary, conquered him, and stripped him of his authority. You see, there is a perfect legal redemption.
Jesus actually conquered our enemy and delivered us out of his dominion. When He did that, He made possible our New Creation, and when we were made New Creations we received the Nature of God in our spirits. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Read this carefully down to the twenty-first verse and see how God made Jesus to be sin on our behalf to the end that we become the righteousness of God in Him. Now you can understand how Jesus has been made our righteousness. There are three phases in that revelation.

Romans 4:25 says that He was delivered up on account of our trespasses and was raised when we were declared righteous or justified.
He wasn’t raised until justification became the property of the unsaved world. Just as God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son-made the world a present of Jesus-now God not only makes the world a present of Jesus, but He makes the world a present of righteousness. But Jesus is of no value to the sinner until he confesses Him as Lord. Romans 10:9, 10, “Because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto Righteousness: and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” The moment that he does it, Redemption becomes a reality, and righteousness becomes a reality. All that Jesus is is stored up and waiting for the unsaved man to take. The moment that the unsaved man says, “I take Jesus as my Saviour and as my Lord,” he is made a New Creation. Not only is righteousness reckoned unto him, but he has the righteousness of God.

This new Nature that is imparted unto him is God’s Nature, and that Nature is righteousness. Now you can understand Romans 3:26. God, in speaking of Himself, says: “That He might Himself be righteous and the righteousness of him that believeth in Jesus.” You see, God actually becomes the righteousness of the man who believes in Jesus. One can hardly grasp the significance of this-that God has become our righteousness. Now you can understand Romans 8:31-33, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” When anyone lays anything to your charge, God becomes your Vindicator.


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