Second Corinthians 5:21 has long been a favorite verse of mine: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” This passage became more and more beloved to me the longer I studied and meditated on it. I will never get over this and I pray that you won’t either. Christ actually took our sin (if you are saved, if you are in Christ) and gave us His righteousness! My favorite point right now from this sermon is “The Sinner’s Standing.” The fact that God actually sees me before Him clothed in the righteousness of Christ is unbelievable and one of many reasons that He is worthy of all of our worship, praise, and to live our lives for Him. One of the main reasons that Christ died on the cross was “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Sermon Preached July 1, 2012 candidating at Immanuel Bible Church in Bellingham, WA for Pastor of Family Ministries.
Even though Christmas was 3 months ago, I invite you to listen to this sermon and take a look at God’s glory afresh and how it causes fear and shows God’s grace. As I studied for this sermon, I was surprised by some aspects of this beloved passage of the angel’s appearance to the shepherds in Luke 2. I pray that God will use it to help you see God’s glory with new eyes today. Sermon Preached Dec. 4, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Strathmore, CA before Finals Week as I finished Seminary.
How are you doing in the war to believe in God’s goodness even in the midst of trials? I pray that this is an encouragement to your heart, and another part of your ammunition in the battle to believe God’s Word, that surely God is good no matter what. Sermon Preached Dec. 4, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Strathmore, CA before Finals Week as I finished Seminary.