We are also considered a holy child of God. This identity is seen in First Corinthians, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV). We have already seen in First Corinthians 1:2 that not only are we accepted, but we are also holy people. Our righteousness was gained through Christ, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righeousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). I am in awe of the sacrifice that Christ made for all of mankind. He left the glory of heaven and a place seated on the right hand of His Father to come to Earth. He was despised, ridiculed and rejected all before His ultimate sacrifice, by the death on the cross. Christ took the sins of mankind past, present and future upon Himself on that cross so that through the shedding of His blood we would become righteous in the eyes of God. Christ death on the cross, “[This] took place ‘so no one may boast before him (i.e. God)’, but instead might ‘boast in the Lord’ (i.e., in Christ), who is the focus of the wisdom, righteousness, holiness and redemption that have come to us from God” (The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, 1282). There is absolutely nothing we could ever do on our own to be seen as holy by God. It is only through Christ and His sacrifice that we have access to this incredible gift. Therefore, there is no reason for us to boast or think highly of ourselves. We are nothing without Christ.
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