Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:3-6, KJV
For years, scholars and Christians have debated about the righteousness of God, and whether or not are we walking in it. The topic concerning the righteousness of God is quite simple, but we have made it difficult to walk in it because of our differences in opinions.
Some believe that we obtain true righteousness through works, while others believe that it is by faith. In this article, we will discuss the origin of righteousness and the origin of self-righteousness.
God created man without the influence of sin; that is, righteous. God created Adam in His image, which includes His characteristics and righteousness. Thus, Adam was righteous. Then God took one of Adam’s ribs and created Eve. The scriptures tell us that the woman is the glory of the man (her husband). So, whatever image the man is in, his wife will reflect it. Eve was righteous because of Adam and Adam was righteous because of God. Therefore, they were a righteous couple. Without commandments and good works, Adam and Eve were righteous. Their righteousness was inherit in their physical being because God created them in righteousness.
God told them to be fruitful and multiply. Adam and Eve were to populate the earth by the command of God. God intended for all of mankind to be righteous. Even though Adam and Eve failed to maintain their righteousness, God’s plan never changed concerning righteous sons and daughters. Righteousness is a gift that is given by God to us as believers, but we must work to maintain it.
What is the work that we must do to maintain our righteousness? The answer is simple, Follow Christ! We must walk in obedience to God. Obedience is the key to maintaining our righteousness in God through Christ. Once we have accepted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God imputes righteousness to us. However, we must demonstrate this righteousness by faith through good works. Ephesians 4:24 in the King James Version states that believers should put on the new man which, after God, is created in righteousness and true holiness. In doing so, His gift of righteousness will not be bestowed upon us in vain.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5, KJV)
Let us always be alert, aware, and yielding to these attributes as children of light.
L – Love – By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35, KJV)
I – Insight – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)
G – Goodness and Gentleness – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, KJV)
H – Humility (Meekness) – And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:12, KJV)
T – Temperance (Self-Control) – Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1, KJV)
Strive to do these things saith The Amen (Jesus).
According to the prophetic words of Jesus written in Revelation applies to us as of today until He comes back.
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. (Revelation 3:14, KJV)
As believers today, we must learn to hold fast to that which is good so that we can prove that which is good, acceptable, and perfect will of God which is our reasonable service unto the Lord. We should say that we are unprofitable servants because we have done only what was required of us, but we cannot even say that because we are not doing what the Lord has called us to do; that is to be holy as He is holy. Perfecting holiness is a daily service unto the Lord as we present our bodies and lives unto Him on a daily basis. Holding fast to that which is good means to live by what you believe in. As of toady, hypocrisy is rampant in the Body of Christ. This is an urgent call for us to repent. While we still have a chance to repent now, we must submit to God’s discipline as of today to prevent experiencing eternal judgment on the opposite of what is righteous before the Lord.