1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in (G1722) Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
This study covers righteousness and sanctification.
by Mitch Kuhn
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What is righteousness and how is Christ made our righteousness?
Here is the Greek word translated as righteousness in 1 Corinthians 1:30.
From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: – righteousness.
1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Act 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him
Righteousness is a very simple concept; it is to do what is right. So how do we do what is right? It certainly is not of our own will power.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
How are we able to do what is right?
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Remember from earlier how the Spirit of truth comes to us.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter (G3875), that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
So Christ is our righteousness, because he comes within us to bring the Spirit of the Father, which causes us to do what is right. Most churches of this world falsely teach that we are made righteous by imputation, which is a part of the substitutionary atonement false doctrine. This study covers these topics in detail.
What is sanctification and how is Christ our sanctification?
Here is the definition of the Greek word used for sanctification found in 1 Corinthians 1:30. It means to be made holy.
From G37; properly purification, that is, (the state) purity; concretely (by Hebraism) a purifier: – holiness, sanctification.
This same word is also translated as holiness.
1Th 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. .
Here is the root word:
From G40; to make holy, that is, (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: – hallow, be holy, sanctify.
Joh 17:15 I do not ask that Thou mayest take them out of the world, but that Thou mayest keep them out of the evil.
Joh 17:17 sanctify them in Thy truth, Thy word is truth;
Joh 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The root word of G37, is G40, which is the word holy.
From ἅγος hagos (an awful thing) compare G53, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.
Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 2:38 (NKJV) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
We are made to be holy by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, or as KJV says, the Holy Ghost.
1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
The same word for holy is also translated often as saint. So when we are sanctified, we are made to be God’s saints.
Rom 1:7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours