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Christ’s Righteousness outworking in us by Faith

“If we will eat the flesh of Christ, and drink His blood, we will have the life of Christ. If we have His life, we have a righteous life; His obedience works in us, and that makes us righteous. This does not leave any room for the statement that Christ obeys for us, and that therefore we can do as we please, and his righteousness will be accounted unto us just the same. His obedience must be manifested in us day by day. It is not our obedience, but the obedience of Christ working in us. By those “exceeding great and precious promises”, we take the divine life into us. The life we live is the life of the Son of God. He died for us, and loved us with a love that we cannot fathom. The righteousness that we have is His. Thanks be to God for the unspeakable gift! He lets us get all the benefit of that obedience, because we have shown our intense desire for obedience. (Examine yourself on this point, dear reader, our intense desire for obedience is crucial.)

That is why He gives it to us.

When you go to God, take these Scriptures on your lips: “We shall be saved by His life.” “By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Take them to God in prayer. They are true, for the Lord Himself has said so. How can these blessings be obtained? By faith! Take it by faith, and it is yours, and no one can take it from you. Then you will have it, although you do not understand how it can be done. When you have it, you have life. What life? The divine life. Then when you come up to the time of temptation, the time when you have usually fallen, you can tell Satan that he has no power to make you fall beneath that temptation, for it is not you, but Christ that dwelleth in you.

There never was a time in the life of any man when of himself he had power to resist temptation. We cannot do it. That proves that we must have a life different from our natural life in order to resist sin at all. That must be a life that sin has never touched and can never touch (Jesus’ life). Repeat the glorious words over and over again, “His life is mine, I cannot be touched by sin. His strength is my strength; His obedience is my obedience, and His life is my life. That was a sinless life, and by faith I have it. I hold to it because it is mine, and sin cannot touch it.” that is the only way to resist them, and that will be successful every time.

Bible Studies on The Book of Romans by A.T. Jones pp 33, 34.