RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. —Hebrews 5:12-14
Are you growing? Are you serving? Are you being fed milk when you should by now be fed with solid food? In the context above these believers were still on milk when they should have been on solid food. They were in need of being taught “elementary truths of God’s word all over again.” Those on milk are “still an infant, are not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” But it is the “the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Constant use of God’s Word, the practical application of what God says, train and mature a follower of Jesus “in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17). These believers in the context above should have already been teachers of God’s Word. They should have already been able to teach others the elementary truths of God’s Word, but instead they themselves need to be taught these truths all over again. As infants still they were “not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”
This righteousness is from God and can only be had because justice on behalf of the person calling on the Name of the Lord has been served. Jesus paid our sin debt at the cross and He said, “It is finished” and there is not more sacrificing for sin. “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14). “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:20-21).
“God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:28-31). Boast in the Lord! He is “our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” Brother and sister let us rejoice and be glad for the wonderful things the Lord has done for us as we “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Yes, let us rejoice!
Dear Father it is truly astounding what You have done for me through Your Son. Oh, out of great gratitude and love for You may I be faithful in running the race You have for me. My I truly keep my eyes on Jesus and may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit. So be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkNCOmfq5nI