- Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous. Romans 4:25 YLT
Why did God raise Jesus from the dead?
God as Judge in the Heavenly Courts, raised Jesus from the dead to pronounce and declare you righteous. It was a declaration of righteousness being pronounced to mankind. Here is the declaration:
“YOU HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHTEOUS THROUGH THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTTION OF JESUS CHRIST.”
The New International Version uses the word Justification instead of declared righteous.
- He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Romans 4:25 NIV
So what is justification?
Justification in Greek is “dikaiósis” which in the Strong’s Concordance means the act of pronouncing righteous or acquittal. In Thayer’s Lexicon, “dikaiosis” means the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to him; adjudging to be righteous.
You have been judicially approved and declared by God as righteous, not because of anything you have done but because of what God “did” in and through Jesus Christ on the cross. The resurrection is the judicial declaration that payment was made and paid in full for mankind’s sin on the cross.
When a mortgage is paid off, there is a declaration of payment called a “Satisfaction of Mortgage.” This legal document is a declaration to the public that this debt has been paid.
The Divine exchange of God’s love was finished and nailed to the cross. Jesus took all your sins past, present and future and exchanged and imputed HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to you.
Jesus’ resurrection is the legal and public “declaration of righteousness” saying the “Divine exchange” is complete. Jesus’ resurrection is the “Satisfaction of the sin debt” being paid and that you have been “Justified” – declared and judged righteous by God.
This should make you want to stand and do the wave!
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The resurrection is your proof of payment through the judicial pronouncement and declaration of your righteousness in Christ Jesus.
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