A Short Study of Proverbs 11:4
“Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.”
Everyone Christ died for, was made sin for, was made the Righteousness of God in Him.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2nd Corinthians 5:21)
All those for whom God imputed their sins to Christ, He in like fashion imputed His Righteousness unto them. “By The Obedience of One, many shall be made Righteous” (Romans 5:19). The Obedience spoken of in that verse, is that obedience to the Cross unto death of those He represented – having had their sins Imputed to Him!
Christ’s Righteousness imputed demands Life! Righteousness demands Life, just as sin demanded death, Righteousness imputed demands life.
That Christ’s death delivers from death those He Loved and died for, is manifested by their New Birth, or some may call it regeneration or quickening.
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).” (Ephesians 2:5)
That word quickened is the greek word syzōopoieō and means, “to make one alive together – of Christians, with Christ.”
“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)
Yes, All for whom Christ died must be and are made alive together with Him. No this was not because they repented, or had faith or any performance of theirs, because they were dead! Read Ephesians 2:5 again! The quickening took place while we were dead in sin! It is a sovereign, merciful, loving act of God Almighty.
Friends, it is impossible for any Christ died for to remain in spiritual death experimentally or else His Death did not do it’s job, it was not effectual. If that were so, It was not even as effectual as Adam’s act of disobedience was, which caused all for whom he represented to experience spiritual death; But Christ’s Death, His act of Righteousness brings Life.
“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” (Romans 5:18)
That is the Life of Ephesians 2:5 – that quickening together with Christ! That Life is also called a Resurrection or a Living.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” (John 5:25)
It takes a miracle for the dead to hear! However being quickened or made alive with Christ through His Resurrection from the dead effects the New Birth of everyone Christ died and rose for.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1st Peter 1:3)
All of this occurs to each and Every Child of Grace because Christ’s Righteousness delivers from Death! Amen to the Glory of God!