Posted: March 4, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
this week of Positional Truth takes us to I Corinthians 1:30-31. Paul
of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that according as it
is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
speaks of us glorying in the Lord. The word ‘glory’ means to
give weighty emphasis, credence, importance, and attention. In the
context of these verses, Paul tells us that our call to salvation and
choice of our salvation were all the Lord’s doings. Because of His call
and His choice all that Christ is, I now am. This is expressed in the
phrase, ‘But of Him are ye in Christ’. (Vs. 30)
us that God has ‘made unto us’ all that Christ is. The phrase
‘made unto us’ carries the idea of a once for all as well as an ongoing
transformation. The word ‘transform’ is akin to our word
metamorphosis. This means to cause the inside to become the outside.
Our Lord has once for all changed us into the likeness of Christ. He is
daily changing us and one day we will be just like Him.
tells us that the ‘wisdom of Christ’ has been given to us. His
wisdom transforms my senses and gives me the mind of Christ. I can now
think like He thinks. I do not have to be controlled by the natural
senses of my fallen nature. Oh, what a thought. When I rely upon Him
and acknowledge Him in all my ways, His thoughts become my thoughts.
This will certainly change our tendency toward wrong choices and
decisions. Lord, let your wisdom prevail over the earthly wisdom that
is in me.
Paul says, ‘He
has made unto me righteousness’. His righteousness transforms my
standing with God and gives me the morals of Christ. I do not have to
try to be good. My position in Christ has made me whiter than snow.
All my sins, past, present, and future, have been buried in the sea of
God’s forgetfulness. He has even put up a ‘No Fishing’ sign. He took
my sins and gave me His righteousness. That, my friend, was a grand
swap. I truly got the best end of this great salvation. To God be all
tells us ‘He was made unto me sanctification’. Sanctification
deals with my daily walk. We see that Christ has transformed my
separation and given me the motives of Christ. The laws of Christ are
now written in my heart. When I put the Word of God in me and cooperate
with His indwelling Spirit, Christ produces His likeness through me. My
inside becomes my outside.
also ‘made unto us redemption’. Redemption, when used in
context, with sanctification and righteousness speaks of a final
redemption. Christ has transformed my soul and will one day give me the
mansion of Christ. Do remember, this is an ongoing process in time that
has already completed in eternity.
have somewhat to glory in but definitely not in ourselves. No wonder
Paul said in verse 29 ‘that no flesh should glory in His presence’.
If Christ is in us, He will cause the inside to become the outside. Let
us sing; O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood! To every
believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes that
moment from Jesus, a pardon receives. O, come to the Father through
Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory, Great things He hath done.