Righteousness: It’s a Choice

In our last installment we talked about Righteousness. We defined Righteousness as the ability to stand in the presence of the Father without the sense of guilt or inferiority as if sin never existed.

 

The blood of Jesus has made us righteous as we see here in 1 Corinthians 5 –

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 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.

God the Father was in Christ reconciling mankind to Himself. Take notice that He is not IMPUTING our sins. Imputing means that He is not counting up or marking down our sins. We have an advocate with the Father and that is Jesus Christ the Righteous.

Now, we all know that in the flesh we are subject to fail and come short of the Glory of God. Does that mean we have no say or control in sin? Of course not, we are the one who gets to decide whether we sin or not. As far as God is concerned, we are delivered from sin and set free from it’s bondage. God is not imputing sin to us at all.

However, this does not mean there is no sin or wages of sin. If we choose willful disobedience to the Word of God then we are in sin and we can have some wages of sin in our life. The only way to avoid sin and the wages of sin is to live according to the Word of God and in the Spirit. If we live according to the flesh we are subject to condemnation and the law of sin and death, but if we live according to to the Spirit we are subject to the spirit of life in Christ Jesus!

I have a hashtag for you – #notmylaw. Sin and Death is not the law of the born again believer that chooses to live according to the Spirit. Righteousness is always an open door to live an effective Christian life. Because of Righteousness, we have an open door to the Father and He has given us the Holy Ghost to help us to live this life.


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