Post By Pastor Dennis Smith
This is why Jesus Christ chose to be born a man, live a human life and allow Himself to be put to death. Only Christ, the God-man, could save man (John 1:1-4, 14). When Jesus walked this earth as a man He lived the perfect sinless, righteous life (1Peter 2:22). He was tempted in all points just as we are and gained the victory over every temptation (Hebrews 4:15).
The Apostle Paul contrasts Adam and Christ in the fifth chapter of Romans. He points out that through Adam’s sin all his descendents (you and me) became sinners by nature. Therefore Adam and all his descendents stand guilty before God and condemned to death (Romans 5:12). On the other hand, Christ came and lived the perfectly righteous life. Because of this the one who chooses to believe in Christ has His righteousness given to him freely (Romans 5:17-19). This transaction happens by “faith.” That is why the Christian become righteous in God’s sight by faith in Christ. He has Christ’s righteousness put on him or is covered by Christ’s righteousness by faith; by believing it is so. The Christian can do nothing to earn this righteousness.
Thus, this is how a man or woman can become righteous. They respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction that Jesus is their Savior and that they are a sinner. They accept Christ as their Savior, confess their sin and ask God to forgive them. They believe they are forgiven (1John 1:9). They believe they are now covered with Christ’s righteousness. So when God looks at them He sees perfect obedience; the obedience of Christ. They accept the fact that Christ died for their sin (Isaiah 53:5-6). By faith they accept the free gift of forgiveness, righteousness and eternal life Jesus gives them (Romans 6:23; 1John 5:11-13). By faith they stand “justified” before God; free from the guilt and death penalty of sin.
By faith in Christ a marvelous exchange takes place in the Christian. Jesus takes our sins and death penalty upon Himself and He gives us His perfect righteousness and eternal life. Ellen White wrote of this with the words:
“Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. ‘With His stripes we are healed.’” Desire of Ages, P.25
Remember, when the sinner brought a lamb to the priest as his sacrifice for his sins, the priest did not inspect the sinner. No, the priest inspected the lamb. When we come before God confessing our sins, and we have the “lamb” of God as our savior we have nothing to fear. When God inspects the Lamb He sees perfect righteousness.