28 February, 2020
Topic: You Are Righteous
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. There are two kinds of righteousness as explained in the word of God. First one is that if the works which was practiced in the Old Covenant or Testament and the second is that of the free gifts of God in Christ Jesus Practiced by the church under the new covenant or Testament which is accomplished from start to finish by faith. – Romans 10:2-6, Ephe 2:5-9.
The gospel is so clear in the New Covenant that by grace through faith we were saved. This is called the process of righteousness. – Ephe 2:5-9. There is nothing to boast about that one is righteous or saved it is a free gift of God. Brother Paul said “No boasting” – Ephe 2:8-9. What is Righteousness? It simply means right standing with God. Under the Old Covenant this was achieved by works of service and obedience to the Law of Moses but under this dispensation of Grace it is by Faith and faith alone.
No man can be righteous by the works the flesh. – Rom 3:10-12. Even under the Law they could not still be counted righteous why? No one can be free under the law, no one can do all the law. It is not possible – Gal 6:13, James 2:10. No one was righteous by all the Laws they kept in the days of Old Testament. Why it takes only Faith to be righteous and pleasing to God – Heb 11:6. That was why Christ came. The coming of Christ now has made faith the access to the Righteousness of God. Every saved man IS RIGHTEOUS, It is not a function of works – 2 Cor 5:17 & 21, Jesus is our righteousness – 1 Cor 1:30
The only one that was righteous in the old covenant was Abraham who believed and it was imputed to him to be righteous – Gen 15:6, Gal 3:6, James 2:23. We are all righteous as believers it is not a function of what we have done or what we have not done, it is a function of our faith in Christ. It is a free gift of Got to us all. Keep saying it, get it into your mind and let it become your thought that “I am righteous” If Psalm 92:12 says the righteous shall flourish …say to yourself that is me. The eyes of the Lord is upon the righteous in Psalm 34:14, say …that is me. That is how you will be identifying with all the blessings for the righteous.
The gospel truth is that you as a believer reading this message right now is righteous. If you are not yet a believer in Christ Jesus you should be saved now to become righteous as well. Remember to be righteous means having right standing with God. This is fundamental to your inheritance in Christ Jesus and have an implication that you are holy, Perfect, blameless, justified and sanctified and the greatest of all you are a son or daughter of God in Christ Jesus. Halleluyah! Say it with me now that “I AM RIGHTEOUS” Let this mind be in you – Philip 2:5
I declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore every blessing of God through Christ Jesus for the righteous will from today find full expression in your life daily in the gracious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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By Pastor Bakare Stephen