THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” Romans 5:17
Righteousness is a gift, not a reward. This is still a big issue in the body of Christ that still hasn’t been understood by many.
Righteousness is not a reward for right doing and right living. It’s a gift that God gives even when the recipient doesn’t deserve it.
By one man’s offence and sin, death reigned over all men. Because of Adam’s transgression, everyone born into the world is born with the nature of sin.
I remember several years back, before the advent of CDs and MP3’s, music and sermons were recorded on tapes.
If you wanted a copy, you’d have to get a dubbing machine that copied from the master to the empty copy tape.
One interesting fact I noticed was that every error that was on the master tape was replicated in the copy tape.
This is exactly what happened with Adam. The error and sin of Adam was copied into every man that comes from Adam without having sinned like Adam. So men become sinners not by what they have done, but by who they are; descendants of Adam. This is why you don’t have to teach a two-year-old to lie. He lies naturally and so easily!
In the same token, Jesus showed up as the second and last Adam. He came and lived as a man in absolute righteousness above sin. And just as the defects of the master tape is dubbed into the copy tape so also the perfection of the master is reproduced into the copy.
The perfections of Jesus has been copied into everyone who is born again into God’s kingdom. This is what Paul was referring to. We have been gifted the very righteousness of God. It’s a gift given. The question is, ‘have you received the gift?’.
Notice that Paul uses the definite article to refer to this gift of righteousness. It’s ‘the’ gift not ‘a’ gift of righteousness.
The very righteousness that God has and Jesus has is what has been gifted to you.
The Psalmist speaking of this says in Psalm 24:5,
“He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
God has given His Righteousness but it is to be received.
To receive in the kingdom means to believe in it and release your faith in what it represents. Stop looking at yourself and your performance, start receiving and exploring your gift of Righteousness.
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me your righteousness as a gift, and inspiring in me the consciousness that I’m as righteous as Jesus is righteous. Today, I reign and rule by grace through righteousness, as I boldly take advantage of my right-standing with you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
2 Samuel 18:1-19:10