HOW CAN THIS BE?
BY: MAX ENDE
How can a righteous God live in sinful man? The simple answer is He doesn’t. Paul wrote over and over again about the righteousness of the believer through believing God.
GAL 3:6 Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 7] Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8] The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9] So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Paul noted that God imparted a righteousness to Abraham that was not part of the Mosaic Law. This righteousness was put in us by faith in the finished work of Christ. Now we have faith in the living Word of God that came to us in the form of Jesus the anointed. Now, not only do we have a righteousness imparted because of faith, we are the righteousness of God in Christ that lives in us and we in Him. You must understand this, believer, you cannot separate the Christ in us and the Christ we live in. It is the same thing.
Christ is sinless. God lives in the sinless Christ (anointing) that He Himself appropriated through the cross.
GE 22:6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7] Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
GE 22:8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
God Himself offered up His only Son in order to make all of us righteous.
GAL 3:10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11] Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” 12] The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” 13] Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14] He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
GAL 3:15 Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16] The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 17] What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18] For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
The key is Grace.
HOW CAN THIS BE [Max Ende] 1