I wrote this for last Sunday’s church newsletter (still under the influence of the study on Romans). God has done so much to solve the “sin problem”. I’m sure He does not want us to be constantly berating ourselves for our short comings but rather moving on to the establishing of His Kingdom.

“It is because of Him (God) 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.

Paul in Romans 16:7 referring to some of his relatives says, ” … and they were in Christ before I was.” He uses the term “in Christ” whereas today we might say they became Christians (or believers). So we see that, when we look at the verse in 1 Corinthians 1:30, because we are Christians we have been given righteousness, holiness and redemption.

This is similar to the passage we looked at recently in Galatians where we read we are credited with righteousness. I find this astounding. We don’t start our Christian lives so much with a clean sheet but rather with our accounts full of credit, with no need for us to work for brownie points and with it being impossible for us to get into debt since Christ died for our sins past, present and future. All this because we trust not in our own righteousness but in the righteousness that He has given us.

This means the focus is no longer on what we must do to live a righteous life. It is not about what activities we do or abstain from. The Christian life is not a religion of moral behaviour and the following of rituals but rather it is a relationship with a loving Father who is pleased with us since we are His children.

Now our focus can be on God and all He has done for us. So surely our response is to worship Him.