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We are BECOMING Righteous, NOT are.

We are NOT the righteousness of God. We are BECOMING the righteousness of God IN Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21, because of faulty translations, is often misused to fit incorrect doctrine. I’m not sure if this is intentional to fit a more deceptive doctrine later on, or if it is just a lack of study on the behalf of the teacher. Either way, it makes me go “hmm”.
 
The Interlinear Bible which is the direct Greek translation of Scripture of 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that we are “becoming” the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). This becoming is “ginomai” which means to “emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another. According to Strong’s Concordance it’s not the same as the verb “eimí” which means “to be”, as in a state of already “being”. “Ginomai” denotes growth into a different state.
 
Also, the entire chapter of 2 Corinthians 5 talks about what we WILL attain someday, as in we aren’t there already. We are NOT the righteousness of God right now. We are becoming it as we choose to do what is right. We do have to choose to put on His righteousness, (Romans 6:16). We have mortal bodies that sin, (Romans 6:12). While we no longer are under the law of sin and death, because of salvation (Romans 8:2) we do still struggle against it, (Hebrews 12:4).
 
This doctrine that we ARE God’s righteousness is sly and deceptive. To reiterate, right there in the actual Greek translation, it says we are “ginomai” or “transitioning” into righteousness IN CHRIST. There are many Scriptures which talk about putting ON righteousness, that fit along with what I am saying. We are not righteous, as in a state of being righteous like God is. That is a different verb in the Greek, “eimí”, and isn’t used in 2 Corinthians 5:21.

The Problem With Limiting Myself

I just read one of the best and impactful books that I’ve ever read.  It is called, “The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb”.  In this book, the authors talk on the difference between gurus and sages, which I believe is a very important message for Christianity today.  I’m not going to review the book now, but I might later.

One thing inside of the book that is touched on quite a bit is finding God’s strength in our weakness.  It really helped me see how I’ve not only taken God out of the equation with “getting things done”, but also how I’ve somehow seen my own weaknesses as complete failures.  Because of that, not only didn’t I rely on God’s strength, but I limited myself because of my own weaknesses.  I had to do some repenting because of that.

Also, it has caused me to stop limiting myself, because I’m not really relying on myself.  If He can convey his messages through a donkey, then He definitely could use me, despite my weaknesses, as well as my strengths which are easy for me to depend on.  Looking at my life these past 10 years, I’ve definitely limited myself, AND GOD because of this.

Now, I’m having to take a step back in some areas, and watch what He does.  In others, I’m having to get beyond my own limited mindsets to seeing myself as God sees me.  I can sing, write, and create in ANY way that I want to.  I love that, and I’m looking forward to the journey that God will take me on.