Topic: The Righteousness Of Faith
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Rom 3:21-26 (KJV)
That you have believe in the Lord Jesus Christ means that you are saved – Romans 10:8-10. It simply means that you are a son of God or daughter of God in Christ Jesus – 2 Cor 6:17-18, Rom 8:15, Gal 4:6. It means confirms that you are righteous – 2 Cor 5:21, Ephe 2:8-9.
That you are righteous means that you have a right standing with God through Christ Jesus. Meaning there is no time God is not with you, stop asking for God’s presence all times in prayer – Heb 13:5, just believe He is with you. Meaning there is no time God is angry or mad at you. It means there is not time you do not have access to God through Christ Jesus. Yes! He most times did not like what you did but not angry with you and not anyone. John 3:16 says for God so much loved the World. What?
Even in their sins? Yes! That is to tell you that He is not angry or mad at the world. Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. How can He be angry at a nation and send destruction on a nation? What a God? Common now! I heard people including ministers saying God is angry at a nation and then they are being punished by wrong leader or with locust, or virus etc. What an ignoramus statement! What a wrong knowledge about God and His grace in Christ Jesus, what a people without the knowledge of the truth.
It does not matter how many years such have been a pastor or bishop such people needed to be taught of the truth of the gospel and the true knowledge of God in this new dispensation of Grace. Such statement is not true and will never be true according to the gospel of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament time that can happen but not in this dispensation. Ok! Now God is Love and has loved never to unloved! – 1 John 4:8 & 19. What you have done or not done has nothing to do with this state of righteousness. Why? It is a free Gift of God to you that you have received by Faith. – Ephesians 2:5-9. Get me right this does not mean God loves your wrong doings and neither is the gospel of the free gift of righteousness from Christ to believers a license to sin as some think. – Titus 2:11-12.
It is a gospel that demonstrates a kind of Love with patience of God through Jesus Christ to everyone on the earth! – 2 Peter 3:9. But the truth remains that we became righteous by believing not that we have done anything to become. Even when we were still sinner he extended the arm of righteousness to us and we accepted believing him not by forsaken our sins, No! It was after salvation that we began to do away with the sin. He accepted us in to the beloved even as a sinner wow!
Someone said but pastor I am still committing sin. Your sin you have committed cannot unrighteous you because it was not because you did not commit sin that you were made righteous in the first place it was because you believed. Never the less you must engage the power in the consciousness of this righteous state to overcome your sinful nature otherwise you will find yourself where the doers of wrong will end if you die in your sin. – Rev 21:8. Rev 22:15.
Do not be deceived a true believer cannot commit sin. If you are still struggling with sin it means your salvation needs a higher gear by the help of the Holy Spirit. You need to yield yourself completely to the leading of the Holy Spirit – 1 John 3:9 says “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remained in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”
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. Having heritage in Christ, having child’s right in God the Father through Christ. 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 is that 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
Prayer: Father Lord in The name of Jesus Christ I declare that I have right standing with God in Christ Jesus. Therefore on daily basis I experience favor and grace that will meet all my needs in Jesus name. Amen
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By Pastor Bakare Stephen