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    Righteousness Consciousness

    Awake to Righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame”—1Corinthians 15:34

    The above scripture calls us to awaken to righteousness. That is, we should be righteousness conscious. As it is the ultimate cure to sin.

    This clarion call is so crucial, as many today in the Church of Christ are sin conscious. And that is the major reason many of them are still struggling fruitlessly with sin. Many Christian still believe and confess that they are sinners like every other person. They say everybody is a sinner, including themselves. And somehow, they believe they are being honest…

    When you ask them, are you righteous? They quickly answer, no—nobody is righteous, even the bible says so. And this is because of their lack of proper understanding of God’s righteousness.

    They believe the scripture that says, “there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10) and the scripture that says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God “(Romans 3:23) still applies to them as believers in Christ Jesus.

    Then on the other hand, many are struggling to attain to righteousness by their own self works. Hoping that as they keep on struggling to live right, someday, if God keeps them alive long enough, they may attain unto righteousness.

    This group of people are ignorant of the scripture that tells us that we are not justified by our own self works. And that our righteousness is as a filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6).

    They are ignorant of the scripture that says, ‘by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight’—Romans 3:20. And these delusion of many a believer about God’s righteousness, is the major reason, amongst others, for the multiplication of sin in the Church.

    Because no one can actually gain dominion over sin or sinful habits with these kind of sin and self-work (the works of the Law) consciousness. Hence, we will be exploring the true meaning of righteousness that the word of God calls us to awaken to in this dispensation of God’s grace…

    How Do We Attain to Righteousness?

    Righteousness is a gift of Grace that is freely received by faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 5:17). We don’t get righteous on our own qualifications but by the merits of Jesus. By the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and by the price of his death and shared blood on the cross of Calvary, every believer in Christ Jesus, is made absolutely righteous by God.

    Here is what the word of God says concerning this in 2Corinthians 5:21 “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

    Thus, any and everybody can easily obtain righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus. No matter how evil the person has been; even if he had murdered a million persons in the past. Even if he had fornicated for years; even if he cursed God in ignorance or said there is no God…

    Immediately he believes in Jesus and confess him as his Lord and saviour, he becomes as righteous as Jesus—Romans 10:10.

    So if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and saviour, you are born again; and you are absolutely righteous. Now that you know you are righteous—that you are a saint—God’s clarion call in our opening scripture, is that you should awake to righteousness…

    That is, you should awaken to the consciousness of whom he has made you –a saint. Let this consciousness saturate and change your mind-set. Let it change the picture you have about yourself. Let this consciousness inform your action. Let it inform your choice of words, dressing, places and events to attend.

    Being made the righteousness of God is similar to a great king picking out a condemned criminal from prison, cleaning him up and adopting him as his son. Then to be righteousness conscious or awakening to righteousness, is likened to the adopted son, comporting himself in tandem to his newly conferred, gracious, royal status.

    He is to jettison his past personality and identity and put on his present personality and status as a prince. Along this line, the word of God tells us in Romans 6:11:

    “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.

    Now that we are in Christ Jesus, we are to reckon or consider ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord in righteousness. Then another scripture buttresses this very fact thus:

    “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” Ephesians 4:22-23

    The word ‘conversation’ in the above scripture refers to behaviour. The Lord is saying, now that you in him, you should jettison your former, corrupt behaviours which are pertinent to unbelievers…

    And that after putting off these corrupt behaviours, we should be renewed in the spirit of our mind (our hearts). In order words, we should change our consciousness and mind-set from corruption to righteousness.

    The remaining part of the chapter spells out specifically how this change should go thus:

    Wherefore putting off lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you
    ”—Ephesians 4:25-32

    The above scriptures depict righteousness consciousness in pin-point detail. So there you have it. Awake to righteousness and sin not. Don’t see yourself anymore as a sinner. Never confess again that you are a sinner. That is who you used to be. But now you are righteous. You’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That is what the word of God says you are. And that is what you should confess.

    Yes, it is true that if we say that we have not sinned, we make him (God) a liar (1John 1:10). At the same time, it is also very true that after we have come into Christ we still say we are sinners, we are also calling God a liar.

    So from now on, begin to confess to yourself and whoever cares to hear, that you are righteous—the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. And as you do continually, it will soon practically become evident in your life in Jesus Name!

    Remain Blessed!

    Emeke Odili
    Emeke Odili is a Christian Teacher, Preacher, Author, Writer and Blogger. He has a divinely given vision of practically teaching people how to make success in life through absolute righteousness and faith. Emeke is married to his best friend, Joy. He shares life-transforming articles at his blog: www.righteousfaith.wordpress.com

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    Re: Righteousness Consciousness

    I believe most christians are more sin conscious than righteousness conscious, they don’t know who they really are in Christ and that we have been born again. We tend to walk around in the old and not put on the new, we have identity issues. Ephesians 4:23-24 *and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24*and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Colossians 3:9-10 *Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10*and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. I think most believers want to say IF you fast and when you sin instead of when you fast and IF you sin. The Lord is our righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6 * And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ Praise God, Jesus is our righteousness, may we daily remind ourselves and walk in this truth.

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    Re: Righteousness Consciousness

    Quote Originally Posted by daymangs13 View Post
    I believe most christians are more sin conscious than righteousness conscious, they don’t know who they really are in Christ and that we have been born again. We tend to walk around in the old and not put on the new, we have identity issues. Ephesians 4:23-24 *and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24*and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Colossians 3:9-10 *Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10*and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. I think most believers want to say IF you fast and when you sin instead of when you fast and IF you sin. The Lord is our righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6 * And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ Praise God, Jesus is our righteousness, may we daily remind ourselves and walk in this truth.
    Great scriptures brother. I am definitely blessed by them. Thanks for sharing.
    Emeke Odili is a Christian Teacher, Preacher, Author, Writer and Blogger. He has a divinely given vision of practically teaching people how to make success in life through absolute righteousness and faith. Emeke is married to his best friend, Joy. He shares life-transforming articles at his blog: www.righteousfaith.wordpress.com

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    The OP has shown a crucial point. There is a righteousness that has been established for us by Christ. But there is another side of the story. What about the requirement for a man HIMSELF to do righteously? Let us take an example. 2nd Corinthians 9:6-10 reads;

    6 "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
    7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
    8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
    9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
    10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness"


    Even a high school student will tell you that the "Righteousness" here is not that righteousness of Christ which is imputed to the Believer. It is twice "YOUR righteousness" and obviously connected to works that the believer DID - that is, HIS/HER WORKS. In the Bible there is a righteousness which no man can achieve except our Lord Jesus Christ, and God imputes this righteousness to the Believer, and there is a righteousness that is required of the Believer that he/she establishes by themselves by THEIR works. Why?

    The answer is that man has TWO DUTIES. The FIRST DUTY of man is to stand before God, worship Him, hear His Words and serve in His presence. The SECOND DUTY of man is to be in the image and likeness of God in his dealings with the creature. The FIRST is man's standing BEFORE GOD, and the SECOND is man's standing BEFORE THE CREATURE. Let us take the High Priest of Israel - Aaron. A Priest of God is one who
    SERVES God in His close proximity and is a mediator between God and man. But this Priest is ALSO subject to Law. That is, Aaron must, once a year, go into the presence of God to bring the blood of atonement for Israel, but he must also keep the WORKS of the Law. If Aaron kept all the Law, would his righteousness be enough to go into the presence of God? NO!

    We Christians have varying concepts of God. To one He is a benign Father who is there to fulfill all the needs, requirements and even lusts (inordinate desires) of the Believer. To another, He is a shadowy background Manager of the universe who has set things in motion and then sits back and watches to see what happens. And yet to another He is an wrathful Lawgiver, ever ready to judge and punish, and One to be feared. But whatever one's appreciation of God is, the Bible reveals one unequivocal thing about God. That is, HE IS A HOLY GOD! The word "HOLY" means "Separate". God is so different, so much higher, than anything else, that although He created the universe, and it is huge, majestic, intricate and beautiful, it says in Psalm 113:4-6;

    4 "The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
    5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
    6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!"


    And if God must humble Himself to look at the beauty, power, energy and intricacy of 200 billion galaxies made by His hand, what chance then does evil fallen man have? How can this Holy God have any doings with man? He must take the furthest distance He can find from fallen man! But He doesn't. He loves His man. He wants audience and fellowship with His man. In Israel He longed to live WITH them and He dwells IN the Church. How can the problem of His HOLINESS be overcome?

    The solution is utterly clever. He sent a Man Who did not have Adam's sin-nature, let Him go through the whole human experience of incarnation, birth, life, death and resurrection. And not just any life, but a life UNDER HIS LAW (Gal.4:4). Our Lord Jesus, from His conception to His Rapture to the right hand of the Father's Throne "above all heavens", NEVER OFFENDED HIS FATHER IN ONE LITTLE POINT. The Lord Jesus FULFILLED PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    God then take this perfect Righteousness established by Christ, and makes it His own. So the New Testament speaks of the "Righteousness OF GOD" (Rom.1:17, 3:5, 21, 10:3; 2nd Cor.5:21; 2nd Pet.1:1). Then, God IMPUTES this righteousness to them that Believe in the Man Who established it. That is, it is a righteousness established by a MAN, imputed to MEN who believe in this Man. And to give it a picture (for we understand quicker and better with an illustration), God likes it to a "GARMENT". A Garment in Parable is one's WORKS. So Isaiah 61:10 says; "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." That is, the sinful man, with his fallen nature, is COVERED by a garment of righteousness.

    This is how Aaron, with his sin-nature, and trespasses, could get into the Holy of Holies and have audience with an utterly Holy God WITHOUT BEING STRUCK DEAD. The RIGHTEOUSNESS required by God of Aaron was too much for him. His best works are like "filthy rags" to God. Can an evil tree bring forth good fruit? NO! Everything about Aaron was fallen. So he is washed and COVERED with a special GARMENT. This garment allowed him to meet a Holy God without being destroyed. So also is the imputed righteousness of God for us. It is our GARMENT for having audience with God. So Romans 13:14 and Galatians 3:27 say severally,
    • 14 "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
    • 27 "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

    For fellowship with God we may approach Him ONLY with Christ. We ask of Him "in Christ's name" (John 14:13, 14, 15:16, 16:23-26). You can pray and pray to God and He will be a million miles away. But the moment you put on Christ, the moment you approach God "in His Name", the required righteousness is established, and God is next to you to hear you. This is what the OP is about.

    But Aaron soon leaves the Holy of Holies and must live his everyday life in the congregation of Israel and in the Wilderness. What shall his behavior be? He must DO certain things. He must put away idols and NOT make a Golden Calf. He must embrace God's choice and NOT attack Moses. He must not make love to his wife within a week after her period. And if he comes across a mother bird sitting on her eggs, he make take one OR the other - not both (Deut.22:6-7). Aaron OUTSIDE of the Holy of Holies must BE RIGHTEOUS BY KEEPING GOD'S REQUESTS. If he enters the Holy of Holies without the special garment he will be struck dead by God. But if he commits adultery in the congregation of men THEY WILL STRIKE HIM DEAD (Lev.20:10). Here, the GARMENT that God gave him helps nothing. He must be RIGHTEOUS IN HIS WORKS - IN WHAT HE DOES.

    The Christian is no different. At the moment of belief in Jesus, and at the moment of Baptism "in Jesus' name", he/she is CLOTHED with Christ. Christ's righteousness IMPUTED to the Christian makes him/her worthy to approach God and DEAL WITH GOD with all the privileges that go with that. He is then found "not having his own righteousness" but that of God. But then, the Christian must go out into the world, before men and the creature, AND DO GOOD WORKS to establish his/her OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS. So the PRIESTS garment is one thing, but to get into the Wedding Feast/Kingdom ANOTHER GARMENT is needed. So Revelation 19:7-8 says;

    7 "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
    8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."


    Note in verse 7 that the wife has made HERSELF ready. This is not the works of Christ, but HER works. And in verse 8 it is NOT the righteousness of Christ, but the "righteousness OF the SAINTS". The righteousness established here was done by the saints.

    In closing, I will mention TWO important points:
    (1)
    The works that establish a saint's righteousness MUST COME FROM GOD. It is, in Ephesians 2:10; "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." In the closing verses of Matthew Chapter 7 we have Christians who cast out demons and did "many wondrous works" (7:22). But the Lord says that they were "workers of iniquity" (7.23). How can an Christian do such a great thing and be called "a worker of iniquity"? It was because they did it without orders and without a connection to their Master. God has ordained works for us all. We are not the source, nor are we initiators. We do them at His command. Our Lord Jesus is our example. He says in John 5:19, 5:30 and 8:28;
    • "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
    • "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
    • "... I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things."

    Any work by a saint, though he call down fire from heaven, is "evil" and "iniquitous" if he did it without God's command. I do not says that if you see your neighbor lying in the gutter bleeding, you should first go home and pray about it. What I am saying is that your daily walk should be one in which our Lord Jesus, as your Head, is drawn into all decisions to DO something. We must "be known" of Him, and we must "know" Him. The word "know" in the Greek means "intimate experiential knowledge"

    (2)
    The righteousness of a saint by his/her works always pertains to the coming Millennial Kingdom. The salvation, the sonship to God and the eternal life we have by FAITH is never in danger. This is a completed work by Christ and the Father has accepted it. But God, in His wisdom, set before the Christian A REWARD for HIS/HER righteousness. This reward is to be in bliss and be a co-king with Him in the first 1,000 years of His everlasting Kingdom ON EARTH. If we make a study of both direct statements AND the parables, the saint's righteousness is decided at the Judgement Seat of Christ and the REWARD or LOSS has to do with the Kingdom of Heaven (NOT "Kingdom IN Heaven"). In all cases, righteousness by the saint allows him/her INTO the Kingdom, and evil works, or works in rebellion, even if they are good, earn him/her BANISHMENT from the presence of Christ and BANISHMENT from being a co-king of Jesus on earth during the Millennial Kingdom.

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