THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
📜 THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS 📜
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Day 6 | January 6, 2021 | Apostle Gideon C Boateng
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
What is a gift? A gift is something given to another voluntarily without charge. For something to be a gift, it must be without charges or conditions and on the other hand it must be received. If I say I am going to give you $2,000 dollars on condition that you read the devotional daily, it is no longer a gift; you are paying for it with your reading though you already love to read the devotional.
It is the same with every gift, and righteousness is not different. The Christian's righteousness is apart from what He does. The issue of contention here is the definition for righteousness. For many people, righteousness is doing right. They further stretch it to say it means doing right to be accepted by God but the Christian doesn’t need to do anything to be accepted by God. We are already accepted in the beloved and are God’s specially loved children and there’s nothing we can do about it (Eph 1:6, 1 Peter 2:9).
The Greek for righteousness, dikaiosunē, according Thayer Greek lexicon, is a state of one who is righteous or acceptable to God. It is a correctness of feeling, thinking and acting. Notable in these definitions is the fact of righteousness being a state not an act. A man who has received the Lord Jesus as Lord and saviour can never be condemned, not by anyone ever. It is irrespective of what you do afterwards so far as you receive his gift (Ro 8:1). I will end with a verse in the Living Bible if you are still in doubt that your righteousness in the sight of God in Christ Jesus is irrevocable. Read carefully!
Rom 3:21-28 (TLB)
But now God has shown us a different way to heaven — not by "being good enough" and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us — declare us "not guilty" — if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. 23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious ideal; 24 yet now God declares us "not guilty" of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins. For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God's anger against us. He used Christ's blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when Christ would come and take away those sins. 26 And now in these days also he can receive sinners in this same way because Jesus took away their sins. But isn't this unfair for God to let criminals go free, and say that they are innocent? No, for he does it on the basis of their trust in Jesus who took away their sins. Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds; it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in him. 28 So it is that we are saved by faith in Christ and not by the good things we do.
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My righteousness is a gift from my father and God. I can't do anything to merit it neither can I do anything to lose it. It is by faith in the Lord Jesus. There's no condemnation awaiting me before God and I refuse to condemn myself.
// 📚FURTHER STUDY
Gal 3:5-8, Romans 4:1-8
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Gen 12-14, Matt 5:1-26
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