I Cor. 1: 30

Tom Harding

According to the scriptures, those who are in Christ Jesus our Lord by divine election; certainly have no reason to boast nor to brag. It is not because of any merit or righteousness found in them, but simply by His sovereign grace; "but of Him are ye in Christ Jesus." Those who are in Christ according to God's sovereign grace are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things in Christ (Eph. 1:3). In this verse the Apostle mentions four of these spiritual blessings: wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

1. Our Lord is made unto us WISDOM!

We are foolish and blind by nature in the things of God. We have no spiritual appetite nor desire to lean anything from God because of our fallen, depraved and sinful nature. The natural man receiveth not the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14). But when God is pleased to reveal the gospel unto us and do a work of grace within us, our Lord is made unto us the wisdom of God In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. In Christ we see and understand the mysteries of the gospel, how God can be just and the justifier of the ungodly (Rom. 3:26).

2. Our Lord is made unto us RIGHTEOUSNESS!

We are guilty and obnoxious before the holy justice of God Our Lord is made unto the believer the very satisfying righteousness before God's throne. Christ Jesus completely and perfectly honored the Law on our behalf and satisfied every precept and every penalty, thereby earning for His people perfect righteousness before God (Rom. 4:6). He is the Lord our Righteousness, in Him we are complete (Jer. 23:6).

3. Our Lord is made unto us SANCTIFICATION!

We have a vile and ungodly nature within us received from our sinful parents (Rom. 5:12) Our Lord has by His grace given us a new holy nature, "Christ in you the Hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).

4. Our Lord is made unto us REDEMPTION!

We were in bondage to our sin, the Law and death. Our blessed Lord by His mighty grace set us free. He is our Deliverer, Redeemer from all bondage (Job 33:24),

He has set us free through the power of His effectual sacrifice at Calvary (Rom. 8:32).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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