Christ Our Wisdom And Righteousness

        "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

        Jesus Christ is the fountainhead of salvation and all graces that follow from therein. He is the outward manifestation of God's love and mercy.


        He imparts to us wisdom regarding salvation, which is demonstrated through His work on the cross.


        We receive a righteous standing before God on the basis of Christ's imputed righteousness.


        Sanctification is progressive. Redemption refers to our future glorification where we will be made perfect as Christ Himself is perfect.


        In the Old Testament, the Law is called wisdom and righteousness (Deuteronomy 4:6; 6:25). Christ is our wisdom and righteousness.


        Following are comments by Matthew Olliffe in light of objections to 1 Corinthians 1:30 being cited as a supporting text for imputed righteousness:


        "The LXX (or Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew OT made 200 BC) has several instances where the same verb for “become” has two or more noun complements—the same construction found in 1 Corinthians 1:30. Yet, in each of these examples from the LXX, each instance of the completing noun describes or implies a distinguishable process that is appropriate to it, despite the fact that syntactically the two or more nouns are complements of the one verb. The examples are LXX Exod 9:28; 19:16; [cf. Rev 8:5,7; 11:19; 16:18]; Lev 22:13; 2 Chron 17:5; 18:1; 32:27; Ps 108:9; Prov 4:3; Sirach 4:29. They show that a process implied by one complement need not be inferred into—and should not be imposed upon—another complement in the construction, just because they complete one and the same verb. Rather, it is the meaning of the noun itself constituting the complement that determines the specific process that is to be implied."

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