Christ's Righteousness in Me by Ken Edgerly
2 Corinthians 5:20 - 21 (NASB) Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The last part of verse 20 says, we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. Then comes verse 21.
A couple quotes from Charles Spurgeon (Enduringword.com) where he talks about verse 21
“Christ was not guilty, and could not be made guilty; but he was treated as if he were guilty, because he willed to stand in the place of the guilty. Yea, he was not only treated as a sinner, but he was treated as if he had been sin itself in the abstract. This is an amazing utterance. The sinless one was made to be sin.”
"What a grand expression! He makes us righteous through the righteousness of Jesus; nay, not only makes us righteous, but righteousness; nay, that is not all, he makes us the righteousness of God; that is higher than the righteousness of Adam in the garden, it is more divinely perfect than angelic perfection. The righteousness which Adam had in the garden was perfect, but it was righteousness of man; ours is righteousness of God."
When I read this, I am totally blown away at what Jesus willingly did to reconcile me back to God. And as Spurgeon says, He took us to the highest level. Beyond the righteousness of man to the righteousness of God. I can't come close to comprehending all that this means but it seems I do have quite an obligation to represent God the very best way I can so that as His ambassador I will be effective for Him. It's no longer about me but about Jesus and what Jesus wants me to say and do. And it's not me doing it but it's about Jesus doing it through me. I don't want to let Him down.