Jerry Edmon Ministries

The Rowe Over Righteousness

By Robert Johnson on April 08, 2010 0 Comments

Man is inherently sinful. Sin is not only the commission of a moral infraction. It is a condition of the flesh. It is a tendency to do that which is wrong. Adam contracted this chronic impurity by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and then passed it down to every generation through the blood line. There is only one real cure as explained by the apostle Paul: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Rom 5:12 KJV) We can get sin out of our spirits by being born again. We can get it out of our behavior by simply refusing to commit transgressions, but there is only one way to get sin out of the flesh. The body has to die, return to dust, be changed to immortality and rise again. The problem is that while we live, we desperately need to know and experience God, but God will have no fellowship with sin.

Still, God longs for relationship with His beloved creation. He set up a series of blood sacrifices of innocent animals that would temporarily cover man’s sin and allow some contact with God. This continued throughout the Old Testament. But blood covering soon expired and new sacrifices must be offered. Men never really understood the process and God was never able to attain a satisfying degree of intimacy in his relationship with men. But then Jesus came. He was born without sin and remained sinless even unto death. For this reason, He was worthy, as a man, to have an intimate, personal relationship with the Father. Furthermore, just as Adam’s sin affected all his descendants, the righteousness of Jesus is also now reachable by all his believers.

It’s actually simple, but so far reaching:

  1. 1) We must know and remember that we cannot earn the status of righteousness, no matter how well we behave: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5 KJV )

    For they {the Jews} being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Rom 10:3 KJV)

    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. . . . . (Isa 64:6 KJV)

    2) Now some good news! God imputed our sins to Jesus Christ who paid the full penalty of death: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isa 53:6 KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (1 Pet 3:18 KJV)

    3) Even better news! God now imputes the righteousness of Christ to everyone who believes on Him. The righteousness of Christ has been deposited into our respective accounts: For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Rom 5:19 KJV)

    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. (2 Cor 5:21 KJV)

    4) Relationship restored. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16 KJV)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3 KJV)

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