There are many people who have heard lessons on what Christ has done for us, but none is clearer than the one in 1 Corinthians 1:30.
Paul wrote, “God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin, (1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT). Notice the component parts and how clear Paul’s lesson is.
“God has united you with Christ Jesus.” Through baptism, we have been united with Christ into his death (Romans 6:3). When the apostle uses the phrase, “in Christ,” as he does in most all of his writings, it is with this idea. The meaning “in” is “within the sphere of influence of.” United with Christ, we live within his sphere of his influence.
“For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself.” The Corinthians had based their idea of wisdom on something that was less than true. Christ is the true wisdom, not human thinking. It was Plato who taught that we have all the knowledge we need at birth; all we need do is “recollect” it. How foolish!
“Christ made us right with God;” Upon our obedience to the gospel of Christ, we became justified by faith, and reconciled to God. Nothing else could do that.
“he made us pure and holy…” Our sins were washed away in his blood (Revelation 7:14). Christ Jesus was the only perfect sacrifice that could do this. We were filthy in our sins. While ours may not have been a physical impurity, it was a spiritual one. Jesus made us clean.
“and he freed us from sin.” Again, this from Romans, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin,” (Romans 6:6, 7).
The Lord Christ has done much more for us, but it is wonderful to think of these wonderful things, isn’t it?