RIGHTEOUSNESS I

 


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. 

2Corinthians 5:21

Righteousness is one theme of the gospel that has greatly been misunderstood among not just Christians but humankind in general. It is one area the devil keeps heavily guarded to prevent people from understanding, for should we come to full knowledge of this liberating truth, his influence over us will greatly wane off. Righteousness has greatly been confused for holiness. As much as righteousness and holiness are closely related, they are not the same thing.

Righteousness has to do with justification whiles holiness deals with sanctification. Righteousness is the foundation for holiness. No one can live a holy life until he has been made righteous.

Among other things Adam lost after his fall was his right standing with God. Adam was no longer in good standing with God just like Benedict Arnold lost his good standing with the American people after he committed treason.

By a single and yet a very heinous act of Adam, he lost his good standing with God. On the contrary, there was absolutely nothing you did to make you fall out of good standing with God. By reason of birth, which you didn’t even have any control over, you were in bad standing with God.

After Adam’s act of disobedience, he became fearful of God’s presence and would rather hide away from God than to pursue his presence.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Genesis 3:8-10

He lost the ability to approach God and to stand his presence without guilt or shame. ‘Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of the Father God without the sense of guilt or inferiority’. E. W. KENYON

It’s Important for you to note that you did not become unrighteous because of your sins. It is your nature of unrighteousness that enslaves you to wallow in sins. Before you ever committed your first sin you were already a sinner.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned 

Romans 5:12

And yet the strongest battle any man had had to fight was the battle with sin consciousness, the feeling of guilt. It is the greatest weapon Satan has used so well in causing spiritual failures.

Guilt feeling kills initiatives. In my early days as a child of God, I have distanced myself from fellowshipping with the saints any time I become conscious of a sin I had committed and the weight of guilt that comes along with that memory. I have known several people in this same condition who will refuse to get involved in any spiritual activity because of guilt feeling.

This guilt feeling resulting from sin consciousness can and does neutralize all forms of effectiveness of a human being. Guilt feeling does to man what kryptonite does to Superman. (Green kryptonite weakens Superman and other Kryptonians. It can and will kill them with long-term exposure. Kryptonians under kryptonite's effects experience severe muscular weakness, usually to the point of collapse, and excruciating pain, with both conditions progressively intensifying. They often develop a fever and eventually will lose consciousness before death. https://en.wikipedia.org)

Anyone who ever backslided was first of all a victim of guilt feeling. In this RIGHTEOUSNESS blogging series, I intend to, by the Word of God, deal a heavy blow to this old enemy of human kind. As you read this and the subsequent posts, may light be granted you and be liberated forever, because you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus Christ, I encourage you to do so now because He will set you free completely from all desires of the enemy. You see, all human kind, irrespective of our religious inclination, have a link with Adam. Similarly, all of us must come to Jesus (Adam II) for salvation.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 
1Corinthians 15:22 


 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 
1Corinthians 15:45 


Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 
Acts 4:12 

Jesus Christ was not a Christian when he walked on this earth, neither was it his intention to found Christian religion. His mission on earth was simple: to restore what Adam lost- man right standing with God among other things. Will you commit your life to him today?

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to your right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

In my subsequent blogging, I shall be taking you step by step into your completeness in God’s sight. You may equally read my previous posts if you haven’t done so already.

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