Futile Standards

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

We often understand and express the idea that Jesus took the penalty for our sin actions in His death on the cross. This is not the key aspect or prime purpose of Jesus Christ’s death. If that was all He accomplished then we are still unfit for God’s kingdom. Something must be done about the sin disposition with which we were born ­inherited from Adam. We sin because we have inherited the sin disposition and it must die and we must be newly created if we are to enter God’s kingdom.

Jesus Christ was without the sin disposition and therefore never sinned. On the cross He identified with our sin disposition taking the heredity of sin upon Himself and dying. Sin, the disposition, died in Christ’s death. When we accept this truth concerning Jesus Christ we are free to accept the Gift of a new hereditary nature, the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), which includes Christ’s righteousness.

We can do nothing about the inherited sin nature but, thanks be to God, in Christ Jesus He has taken it to death. That He has done so successfully is declared in His resurrection.

No other religion has a mechanism for dealing with the sin nature. They can only look for means to make outward behaviour conform to a standard. Because of the sin nature man cannot live to God’s perfection. Men have established their own standards which they hope will satisfy God but this is futile and an abomination to Him.

No one will go to hell because they were born with the sin nature or have sinned, however evil. Every human being in hell will be there because they refused God’s remedy for the sin nature – Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. You may turn to and put your trust in Jesus Christ right now.

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