“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,” Romans 4:6
The understanding of the doctrine of Righteousness is one of the most foundational and important of all, in all of scripture.
Righteousness is the nature and character of God which is imparted into the human spirit at the new birth. God gives us His very righteousness so that we have the same legal standing and rights in the realm of the Spirit just as Himself.
The enemy would have us sin conscious but God wants us to live in the consciousness that you are just as righteous as He is. No less!
Righteousness is a nature, as such, that you sin does not change a thing about it. You never became a sinner because of an act of sin.
You were born a sinner by nature. At the new birth, you were reborn righteous with the nature of God. If you didn’t receive it by works you can’t loose it by works.
It’s the revelation of this righteousness that radically increases Faith and manifestations of authority in the believer.
One of the ways Paul explains the exchange that happened on Calvary is to describe it as an ‘Imput’. Now this is Old King James English which is sincerely blind to the average believer today.
It’s from the Greek Word ‘logidzomai’ which is actually a bookkeeping term.
The idea is that of a bookkeeper who credits a sum into an account in deficit to erase the deficit and in order to make a nominated balance.
With the credit, he erases the debt owed(forgiveness of sin) and balances the account(inputs righteousness).
You see, by the sacrifice of Jesus, God met the righteous claims and demands of the law. He paid for your forgiveness and justification. His blood was the perfect sacrifice. But He did more than that.
He credited your account with His own credit. He imparted to your spirit His very own nature of righteousness.
Having forgiven your sins, He had a legal right to impart this righteousness.
You see, God didn’t give us a part or a type of His righteousness. This would have been great. He went all the way for us.
Jesus died on that cross. The righteous for the unrighteous. The just for the sinner. On that cross there was an exchange. He exchanged your sin for His righteousness so that today you can boldly declare that you are the righteousness of God.
And guess what? He did it without you working to merit it. All you need do is believe.
What a love! What a God!
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus; and not only do I have right standing with God, I have the ability to know and do what’s right. Therefore, I reign in life over circumstances. I’m a success; I’m changing lives everywhere as I unveil the righteousness of God through the Gospel. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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1 Samuel 24:1-25:44