The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Holy Proportion"
On the cross of Calvary, God placed our sins on Christ's account so that He might place Christ's righteousness on our account.
"He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).
Because God the Father poured out wrath and rejection on the Lord Jesus, He can freely bestow grace and acceptance to all who believe without compromising His justice and integrity (Romans 3:26). We do well to realize and continually grow in the truth of a holy proportion that exists between our Lord's time on the cross and every moment of our eternal existence.
To the degree the Lord Jesus was forsaken, we are "accepted in the Beloved" (Matthew 27:46; Ephesians 1:6).
To the degree our sins were imputed to the Lord Jesus, they will never be imputed to us. "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin" (Romans 4:8).
To the degree He suffered God's wrath, we freely receive God's favor. (Ephesians 1:3).
To the degree our Lord experienced utter aloneness, the promise of "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee" secures God's presence in our hearts (Hebrews 13:5).
To the degree the Savior's hands and feet were impaled to a tree, the hands and feet of believers are liberated by the power of the Holy Spirit to work and walk for the glory of God. "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" (II Corinthians 9:8).
To the degree He was "made to be sin for us," His righteousness completely enrobes us in the sight of God. "Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us… righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30).
Regarding the last point, the hymn writer Isaac Watts beautifully portrays the wondrous truth of grace in Christ:
"And lest the shadow of a spot should on my soul be found, He took the robe my Savior wrought and cast it all around!" (From "Awake My Heart, Arise My Tongue!").
We wear the robe of the Lord Jesus' righteousness because it was brutally stripped from Him on the cross of Calvary, where He took upon Himself the filthy rags of our sin. Only thereby can we be so clothed in the sight of God, and we do well to often recall the marvel of such grace. Yes, to the degree our Lord became what He was not, we become what we were not through a holy proportion for which even eternity will not allow opportunity for full appreciation and gratitude.
"The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
"Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."
Weekly Memory Verse
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.