The problem of Israel was unrighteousness: lack of faithfulness to the truth of God’s word. In that situation, the primary role of the prophetic ministry (after the ministry of Samuel who doubled as a judge) was to warn and declare judgement on the recalcitrant leadership of Israel and the people they lead.
They always run to the worship of other gods which they have been warned against. In all these, God ensures that He always have a prophetic witness against them. Therefore when judgement comes, it is easy to trace where the fault lies: the peoples acts of unrighteousness.
They have the book of the law that should be their reference point; there was the Ten Commandments written on stone, which could easily be recalled at any point. However, that was not enough against the push of their fleshly minds. It all goes to show that man cannot be reformed to satisfy God’s righteous demand; he had to be rebuilt, from the ground up.
Those whom God called his people have constantly rejected his counsel and followed the ways of unrighteousness. Putting the law in front to their face, rubbing their face in it, had not worked. Therefore, God, drawing on His ingenuity, designed a way to have His law, his righteous demand, written on the hearts.
He could not achieve holiness by external appeal of laws, rules and regulation, punishment and reward; all which goes to highlight the rebellious bent of the natural man the more.
He therefore looked for a way of downloading the software of righteousness in man (and it was through believing in Jesus Christ [Romans 10:9-10]) as against the original code of sin that we came with from our natural birth.
The software was Jesus our righteousness; The Lord our righteousness, Jehovah Tsikenu.
God needed to write a new code in us and prevent all the constant crash in his relationship with his people of a natural lineage of Abraham. And a new design for actualising righteousness was set out, where the platform on which God’s requirement is written is now the heart of men (Jeremiah 31:33).
Jesus was born righteous (Luke 1:35), lived a live of righteousness (Hebrews 4:15) and became the source of righteousness for all those who come to God through Him (Romans 5:9, 1John 4:9, 2Corinthians 5:21). Through Him also we are born again, and therefore born righteousness, born of the incorruptible seed of the word of God (1Peter 1:23). The seed of righteousness with which we are born in the new birth makes us new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17) that cannot continue committing sin (1John 3:9). The bible actually says that we cannot sin (cannot be a contradiction of the righteousness of God), since the seed in us can only produce the righteousness of God.
What I am talking about may seem far-fetched to the Christian who seems to be struggling with one sin or the other. Maybe you have once fallen into a “big” sin and wondering where the truth of Christ our righteousness fit into that.
Put it to your choice and not to the deficiency of the software because whatever God does cannot be faulted. However, our decision-making process still needs some works. That is why we should embrace the ministry of the washing water of the word (Ephesians 5:25-27), to work on our mind and will; so that we might choose to go in the direction that the righteousness of God (that seed) in us is indicating at every point.
What I mean is that you should not sit on the fact that the seed of God is in you, the seed of righteousness, you also need to be trained to choose righteousness (2Timothy 3:16); through reforming your mind with the word of God. The way Paul puts it is for you to be transformed by the renewal of the mind (Romans 12:2). A change in your thinking process to align constantly with the seed of God in you is the process of sanctification (1Timothy 4:1-5).
Jesus is our righteousness in at least two ways.
1. He impacted to us the gift of righteousness (2Corinthians 5:21).
2. We are equipped to draw near to the Holy God, clothed with the righteousness of Jesus who is perfect and can to draw near to the holy and righteous of God (Hebrews 4: 14-16) to receive grace for righteous living.
This gift of the righteousness of Christ is the platform for the expression of His righteousness in and through us.
The Christian walk is sometimes characterised by highs and lows, but what cannot be changed is the righteousness of Jesus, his pristine righteousness that allows us to approach God anytime on his account and by that, we have access to grace they helps us to manifest the righteousness of God, in reality, in our life (Hebrews 4:16).
Jesus as our righteousness starts as the seed of righteousness in us when we are born again. Again, as our righteousness, we experience the flow of his grace more and more in us as we are enabled to express the righteousness that he has already imputed in us.
We would never as Christians get to a place where we would not need the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 13:14). He is the one who is the seed of righteousness, and he is implanted into us, he is the one who has lived a full life that pleases God. And as we allow him to live His life through us, we would also please God (Colossians 1:10).
There is no righteousness except the one he is expressing through us. That is why what we are called to do is submit our members (our body parts, all of them) as instruments of righteousness and not to unrighteousness (Romans 6: 13-20). The righteousness of Jesus is in our spirit (John 3:6); we should yield to that, yield to Christ as the righteousness in us.
Is it difficult to be righteous? No! Not if the platform is already in us, and we are constantly coming to God for grace. However, we should allow that grace to work in us but acknowledging it.
The grace we receive can be in vain when we seek to add some other things to God’s righteous demand. By relapsing to legalistic observance of the law, we move away from grace (Galatians 5:1-4).
Don’t be deceived; grace comes from fellowship with Jesus (John 1:14, 16-17): in the scriptures, in prayers, and through fellowship with other believers (Matthew 18:20) where those two are emphasised. Any legalistic observance that you add to the simplicity of devotion to Christ would make righteousness a tall order if not outrightly out of reach. Because you would be trying to express what is not part in the righteousness code in you; that is a ticket to the land of frustration.
The Lord Jesus is our righteousness: he has pleased God on our behalf. The Lord Jesus is our righteousness: we are born again by the seed of Christ, the righteous seed. He is the Lord our righteousness because the life of righteousness that we live, we live by his grace (Galatians 2:20-21). We cannot function in righteousness without being plugged into his grace, so that in everything thing, Christ would be glorified in our lives (2Thessalonians 1:12).
WordFromGod: you are my house of righteousness.
- God delights in righteousness (gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com)
- The righteousness of God (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Not my Righteousness but His (j4man.wordpress.com)
- Righteousness by Faith (gospelbondservant.com)
- Justice in Jesus (theskyaboveus.wordpress.com)
- Many Shall Be Made Righteous (thegospelofgraceministries.wordpress.com)
- The Names Of Christ: “Lord Our Righteousness” (mydelightandmycounsellors.wordpress.com)
- Lord, I need You (ecclesiablogdotcom.wordpress.com)
- George S. Faber on Two Opposing Systems of Justification (ilyston.wordpress.com)
- Becoming the righteousness of God (miisrael.wordpress.com)