Fundamentals Of Victorious Christian Living Part 15

Righteousness is not something that we are working to attain. It is the nature of a Christian. 

Paul tells us that we were “created” righteous and holy when we received Jesus as our Lord and became a Christian.

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:24

We became righteous at the moment we received Jesus. This is something most Christians do not have a revelation of. 

Religious tradition dictates that righteousness is something we are working towards. This is counter to what Scripture teaches.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1 John 4:17

John tells us that we are just like Jesus in this world. We are righteous and have the same standing before God as He does! 

A revelation of righteousness is foundational to our being able to live the victorious life God has planned for every human being. 

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:21

The word translated “sin” in this verse is a noun. Paul was not talking about the acts of “sin” we commit. He was talking about the “sin” nature that every person inherits when they are born. This is the nature that allows “death” to reign in our life until we receive Jesus as our savior.

Our “sin” nature dominated us before we met Jesus. It controls us and is the reason we commit “sins”. The sin nature dominates the unsaved and produces death in the forms of sickness, poverty, strife, and so much more. It is also able to dominate Christians who are not spending time every day meditating in God’s Word and prayer to renew their minds.

Sin “reigned” in our lives until we turned to Jesus as our savior. Grace will now reign if we will train ourselves to yield to it. This is possible because we have been made righteous. God has made our spirit righteous. This is not something we can feel or see in the mirror. 

There are many people in the Church who struggle with the concept of being righteous. They have not developed an awareness of the spiritual realm or their position in Christ.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 6:63

Our ability to walk in the fullness of all God has provided will be commensurate to the measure we keep His Word in front of our eyes.

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