“For He hath made Him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that
we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Jesus. There was an exchange that took place. Jesus was made sin so that we might become righteous. We were made righteous by the righteousness of God. In the Book of Matthew we read “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
That righteousness is of God which is received through faith in Jesus Christ. In the book of Isaiah we read: “But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousness [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64.6) Yes, that was before Jesus came. This verse says that “our righteousness are as like filthy rags”. Even our best conduct and behavior does not match up for what is required in heaven. Oh but praise God!
Once we received Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become the righteousness of God. God requires that we put away those “filthy rags” of our own righteousness. We must rely, accept and rest on God’s righteousness made available to us through Jesus
DECLARATION OF FAITH
“Thank you Lord Jesus, for your work on the cross. I accept your righteousness because you were made sin with my sinfulness, that I may be made the righteousness of God, Amen.”