Let’s consider the dictionaries definition of “RIGHTEOUSNESS” as “behaviour that is morally justifiable or right.” Such behaviour is characterised by accepted standards of morality, justice, virtue, or uprightness. The Bible’s standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behaviour, and every word. Thus, God’s laws, as given in the Bible, both describe His own character and constitute the plumb line by which He measures human righteousness.
Righteousness is the state of moral perfection required by God to enter heaven. However, the Bible clearly states that human beings cannot achieve righteousness through their own efforts: “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” (Romans 3:20, NIV).
The law, or the Ten Commandments, shows us how far we fall short of God’s standards. The only solution to that dilemma is God’s plan of salvation.
The Righteousness Of Christ
People receive righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Christ, the sinless Son of God, took humanity’s sin upon himself and became the willing, perfect sacrifice, suffering the punishment mankind deserved. God the Father accepted Jesus’ sacrifice, through which human beings can become justified.
In turn, believers receive righteousness from Christ. This doctrine is called imputation. Christ’s perfect righteousness is applied to imperfect humans.
Did you know that all of the mighty deliverances that you have read about in your Bible are about to happen to you? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob is our God. He has never changed and He will never change. He promises you protection; hold onto that. Praise God.
The reason why the Bible says, “If anyone says that Jesus is out there, don’t go,” is because the first appearing of Jesus is in our souls, it is not out there (Matthew 24:23). Please believe me that we are not much and God wants us to acknowledge that nothingness in order that we might be able to trust Him for everything. Do you see what I am saying? He wants us to put the flesh down. The carnal things, the human operations, the power that we have, put it down. It is not going to stand in the day of battle, but the God in you is going to stand. This is the reason why God said not to believe that Jesus is out there, because Jesus is coming in you.
Look at Revelation 11. There is going to be trouble. People are going to be killed. There is a flock of the slaughter that is now being fattened for destruction (Zechariah 11:4, 7). Revelation 11:3, And I will give power unto my two witnesses… But verses one and two tells us that one section of the church will be trampled underfoot. When we look at the Outer Court of the Tabernacle, we can see that it is the place where the people of God do not have the infilling of God. So any church that doesn’t believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a church that is in the Outer Court. Read in Revelation 11:2 what it says about the Outer Court. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. When God speaks of 42 months, He is talking about a lunar year. Lunar means the moon going around the earth 42 times, 42 new moons. He says that they are going to be trampled for 42 moons.
But then He says in verse 3, “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days”. When you speak of days, you speak of a solar year. It means that the sun will be rising and setting for a thousand two hundred and sixty times. Basically that will be three and a half years. He is talking about lunar years, too.
If this is so, you ask yourself the question, “When is this going to take place?” You have to be prepared in your mind; that is the chief preparation. God might speak to some of you about saving some food, water, solar energy and things like that. As sons of God, you should be well advanced in doing these things.
Somebody says, “But we are sons of God; we don’t have to make any preparation.” Sons of God obey God. If God tells you to jump, you jump. If He tells you to sit down, you sit down. That is the difference between the righteousness of this time and the past righteousness. You see, the righteousness before Jesus came that brought the Holy Ghost was that men would do certain things. They would read their Bible so many times a day, pray so many times a day, do this, or do that. Now righteousness is doing what God wants you to do when He wants you to do it. So when the Holy Ghost wanted them to go into the corn field on the Sabbath day, they did it. They didn’t care about the law, as you know.
Can you understand then, what makes you righteous now? It is obeying the Holy Spirit. That is what makes you righteous now. So then, as righteous people, we are going to walk according to the plan of God and not according to our own thinking. I hope you can get that part, because this is the main thing that is going to get you ready for a time of trouble that will be greater than any other.
Thought for today
Righteousness is doing what God wants you to do when He wants you to do it.
May we become the righteous of God in Christ Jesus. Amen.