What will righteousness do for me?
Right now, I am already just as righteous as Jesus is, as He is sitting on the right hand of God. Many people will get offended at this statement of mine, but that’s because they do not enjoy a relationship with the Father the way I do, and believe me if you want to have a relationship with God, you need to be able to come before Him with boldness [Hebrews 10:19] (not arrogance but with the confidence of Jesus’ finished work) and approach Him just like a child would approach his father. Then only you will get to know Him and experience His unconditional love for you and have the most beautiful relationship anyone can have. Without this understanding it is not possible to be in an intimate relationship with God (Please read my article ‘An intimate relationship with God’).
Now this righteousness that we have been talking about all this while is not just something we receive and keep in the attic or cupboard. No, God has a greater purpose in crediting us with His righteousness.
Remember we are made righteous and not given righteousness in any measure and neither do we gradually grow in righteousness. We are wholly righteous in our spirit and this is intended to be our defence from the prince and the children of darkness. Just as light has no communion with darkness God’s righteousness has no communion with unrighteousness [2 Corinthians 6:14]. Therefore we ought to be servants of righteousness, being made free from sin [Romans 6:18]. So as Paul advises us, we ought to put on the breastplate of righteousness [Ephesians 6:14], the reason why he tells us to do this is so that we can stand against the wiles of the devil [Ephesians 6:11]. Why breastplate? The breastplate of a soldier, guards his heart from the attacks of the enemy. So also the righteousness of God guards us from feeling unworthy, afraid of God or guilty and condemned. Further the Word of God says that righteousness produces peace, quietness and assurance [Isaiah 32:17]. Isn’t that what we all want? Only God can restore our souls through His Spirit dwelling in us and His Spirit leads us into the paths of righteousness just as the famous psalm of David tells us [Psalms 23:3].
We are called ‘the trees of righteousness’ according to [Isaiah 61:3], and what do trees bear? Fruits. That’s right we ought to bear fruits of righteousness and that can only be possible if we understand first that we are trees of righteousness once we have accepted the gift of righteousness. If we consider ourselves as unworthy beings that are always struggling with sin and always have to battle it out with sin, we can never bear fruits of righteousness because our focus is ‘sin’. However if our focus is constantly the Love of God then we do not produce but we automatically bear the fruits of righteousness in our lives. What are the fruits or righteousness? This is where we come to the good works that we saw Jesus do in His life. Remember we have His righteousness in us, so we bear those fruits that He bore. In other words whether they are just words of comfort to a widow or a miraculous healing or speaking the Word of God to others, there is no limit to what these fruits can be, if you have seen Jesus do it, those fruits are possible for you and me.
Now we who have accepted Christ and His gift of righteousness will not be judged on the day of judgement, but instead based on what we have done with God’s gifts will be rewarded accordingly. Therefore there is laid up for us a crown (or reward) or righteousness when He comes again [2 Timothy 4:8].
Just like Paul, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for all people is that they may be saved, because many of whom I know have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God [Romans 10:1-3].
In conclusion, I would earnestly request you dear friends, to share this gospel of the righteousness of Jesus, yes, the good news of His righteousness to as many as you can and partake of the wonderful promise of God:
“Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.” – [Daniel 12:3]