"Made Unto Us"               

I Corinthians 1:30


     "Of him are ye in Christ Jesus." To be saved, to be born again, is to be "in Christ." If you are a believer, you are "in Christ" - "In Christ," as sheep in the hands of the shepherd - "In Christ," as a bride is in the heart of her husband - "In Christ," as the branches are in the vine - "In Christ," as the members of the body are in the head. You are "in Christ!" And the only way any sinner can ever come to be "in Christ" is to be put "in Christ" by the work of God's almighty grace. "Of him are ye in Christ Jesus!" This is the place of blessedness (Eph. 1:3). And this is the place of security! "Once in Christ in Christ forever! None from Him our souls can sever!"

     If we are "in Christ," he is made of God unto us "wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." In other words, Christ has been made to us all that God requires of us. With regard to the everlasting salvation of our souls, "Christ is all!"

     Christ is our Wisdom! Representatively, he acts wisely for us before God. Efficiently, he gives us wisdom from God. Objectively, he who finds Christ finds wisdom and he who walks in Christ walks in wisdom.

     Christ is our Righteousness! As our sin was imputed to him, making him to be sin for us, even so his righteousness has been imputed to us in justification, making us the righteousness of God in him. He is "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!"

     Christ is our Sanctification! Sanctification is holiness. And all holiness is "in Christ." In him we were set apart for holy purposes in eternal election (Jude 1), declared to be holy through his blood in justification (Heb. 10:10, 14), and made holy in regeneration by having his righteous nature imparted to us through the washing of regeneration by t he Word (I Cor. 6:11; Eph. 5:26; Tit. 3:5). Sanctification is not a process of works by which we become progressively more holy. It is a state of being! Believers grow in grace. But we do not improve upon God's works of grace by our own works. Christ is our Sanctification!

     And Christ is our Redemption. He has redeemed us from the curse of the law by blood atonement and from the dominion of sin by the power of his grace. And he shall soon redeem us from all the consequences of sin in the resurrection (Rom. 8:23).



Don Fortner