“Many of us are quick to say that we are redeemed, but we are slow to agree that we are also righteous and holy. ‘Oh, yeah, in Christ’ we say, as if that’s some sort of distant, far-off righteousness that is useless for now. But how righteous are you if Christ Jesus has become your righteousness? And how holy are you if Christ Jesus has become your holiness? These are qualities that we possess because Jesus has become our life (Col. 3:4). Once we realize our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection with Jesus Christ, we can see that God announces us as righteous and holy because he is describing our nature. He does more than put a righteous label on us. He does more than merely adopt us into his family. In our human spirits, he has made us like him (1 John 4:17).” (from “Heaven is Now”)
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