I happened upon Creflo Dollar’s broadcast this evening and know it was a divine appointment made by the Holy Spirit. He was speaking about the difference between what we had to do when under the law and what Jesus already did under grace.
I bet you have heard the saying, as I have, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” Well, as Creflo pointed out, we are saved by grace (Glory halleluia!) BUT, we are no longer sinners!! Once we are saved, we are the righteousness of Christ! The bible says that Jesus Himself is righteous and that “He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has true faith in Jesus.”~Romans 3:26b When we have true faith in Him, He gives us His righteousness. Glory halleluia!!
Romans 6:13 instructs us to “not continue offering or yielding your bodily members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to life, and your bodily members to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.” We are to live as if we were raised from the dead because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. We are to present ourselves to God as righteousness not as sin because Jesus lives in us and He gives us His righteousness. Our sin died with Him on the cross.
Galatians 2:20 states that we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in us. We are still in our body but we now live by the faith of Christ. Sin no longer has power over us and we should no longer think of ourselves as sinners.
We have to exercise faith in order to receive what Christ gave us when He died on the cross, but we don’t rely on ourselves for that faith; that faith comes from Him! Him living in us gives us the faith we need to receive all that He did for us on the cross. That, my friend, is exciting revelation!
II Corinthians 5:21 puts it this way: “For our sake He made Christ to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Time to celebrate my friend! If you have true faith in Jesus and He lives in you, you are no longer a sinner but are the righteousness of Jesus Christ!