The righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21)

“For our sake,

God made

Jesus Christ

To be sin,

Who knew no sin,

So that in him,

We might become

The righteousness of God.”

τὸν μὴ γνόντα ἁμαρτίαν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησεν, ἵνα ἡμεῖς γενώμεθα δικαιοσύνη Θεοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ.

Paul said that for our sake (ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν), God made Jesus Christ to be sin (ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησεν), who knew no sin (τὸν μὴ γνόντα ἁμαρτίαν), so that in him (ἐν αὐτῷ), we might become (ἵνα ἡμεῖς γενώμεθα) the righteousness of God (δικαιοσύνη Θεοῦ).  Paul explained that God took the sinless one, Jesus Christ, and made him a sin offering, as in the Judaic tradition, for our sake.  Thus, we are able to become righteous with God.  God sent Jesus Christ for us to be set right with God.  Jesus Christ, the Lord, was the reconciler and the righteous maker for his followers.  We would be right again with God through Jesus Christ.  Do you want to be righteous with God?

Put on the robe of glory (Bar 5:1-5:4)

“Take off the garment

Of your sorrow!

Take off the garment

Of your affliction!

O Jerusalem!

Put on forever

The beauty

Of the glory

From God!

Put on the robe

Of the righteousness

From God!

Put on your head

The diadem

Of the glory

Of the Everlasting One!

God

Will show

Your splendor

Everywhere under heaven!

God

Will give you forever

The name

‘Righteousness peace!

Godly glory!’”

The author of this book told Jerusalem to take off its garments of sorrow and distress. Jerusalem was to put on the beauty of the glorious God, the robe of the righteousness of God. Jerusalem was to wear a diadem crown to show the glory of the Everlasting One. Once again, God is no longer called Yahweh. God was going to show the splendor of this great city to everyone in the world. Now Jerusalem had a new name, “righteous peace and Godly glory”. There would be a great turn around in Jerusalem.