God’s Glory, Holiness, and Righteousness in the Redemption of Christ

Christ is our righteousnessMan’s eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brought in death (Genesis 2:16-17). Therefore, man was put out of the garden of Eden and kept away from the tree of life. God “drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24).

Man’s separation from the tree of life continued until God came in the man Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the requirements of God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness (signified by the cherubim, the flame, and the sword in Genesis 3:24).

His redeeming death satisfied the requirements of God’s glory. When He died the veil, in which were embroidered the cherubim of glory, was rent from top to bottom (Matt. 27:50-51). The fact that it was rent from top to bottom proves that it was a work accomplished by God and that the barrier between God and man had been removed. Man was short of God’s glory, but now through the redemption that is in Christ man can be justified by God (Rom. 3:23-24).

In the death of Christ on the cross God’s holiness was satisfied. We are sanctified, made holy, through the offering of Christ once for all (Heb. 10:10). By His one offering Christ has perfected us in sanctification, in holiness (Heb. 10:14). He has sanctified us with His blood (Heb. 13:12).

The death of Christ has also honored God’s righteousness. God made Christ sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). As the just One, He suffered for sins on behalf of the unjust (1 Pet. 3:18).*

Because of His death and resurrection, the way to the tree of life is open again. We can boldly come forward to God and to the throne of His grace (Hebrews 4:16). By our receiving Him and His salvation, Jesus Christ has become our life (Colossians 3:4), our sanctification and our righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30), and our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). He is all this (and much more) to us now and He will be so eternally in New Jerusalem.

* Excerpts from Witness Lee, Life-Study of Genesis, chapter 21, sections 6 to 8. This is published and © by Living Stream Ministry and available for online reading here.

Photo of Ireland by Toby Shelton.

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