BELIEVERS | AS RIGHTEOUS AS GOD

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Satan takes advantage of the ignorance of believers, he can come through negative thoughts, he can come through bad habits and you see a believer suddenly thinking this born again thing is a scam. The problem with certain believers has nothing to do with what they did wrong, it has everything to do with what they don’t know. Actually, there is no levels of righteousness and you can only be as righteous as you were the day you got born again regardless of what you do or what you never did! Righteousness isn’t about what you were able to do wrong or right, it is what Jesus has done in you! It may sound absurd to the legalistic persons to say you can only be as righteous as you are the day you got born again but that is what the Bible says! If what you do can make you more righteous, Jesus wasted His efforts. The human definition of righteousness is still as good as filthy rags to God. Actually, you may not feel it, think it or even act it but you are as righteous as Jesus the day you got born again! No matter what anyone else thinks, this is who you are in Christ Jesus.
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Let me make it more worse for the religious minds! Even if you are struggling with terrible immoral addictions, you are as righteous as Jesus if you are a believer in Christ Jesus. Do you know what it meant when you surrendered to Jesus? You gave out yourself to Him and received all of Him! If this isn’t true, we might have had great news but not the gospel! What Jesus did was to declare sinners righteous and not to get them do the right thing so they can become righteous. If it isn’t about sinners being declared righteous, we wouldn’t have called it good news and salvation would not have being a gift from God but a reward for our good deeds. The righteous Jesus died in the place of sinners so that sinners can live in His place! It is like getting to the ATM to withdraw but meet a very long queue that you gave up ever making it to the ATM machine and suddenly it got to the turn of someone and he told you “bro, come and withdraw in my place!” Jesus put us in His place and took our place!
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Our sins got laid on Jesus and the righteousness of Jesus got laid on us! That is our victory over sin! We became righteous without qualification, without doing anything right! The Bible says in Romans 1:17 (NLT) “This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Can you see that? Oh, I love the word of God! It says God has made us right in His sight and its accomplishment from the beginning to the end is by faith for it is through faith that a righteous person has life! This means, God already made everyone righteous but that righteousness comes to life or becomes activated by faith! This means that the prostitute or terrorist is righteous, he or she activates that righteousness through faith in what Jesus has done! Now, this righteousness in revealed in the gospel which is the good news! Now, until righteousness comes alive in a man, there is no expectation of righteous act in anybody.
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And on the other hand, you can only expect a husband who has so learned how to be a better husband act as a better husband. A monkey cannot roar and a lion cannot walk on two feet! When a cub grow in the midst of sheep, it may actually never know sheep are meant for food and it may keep acting as sheep until it is exposed so well to who it is! It becomes natural for a righteous man to act righteous as he grows in the knowledge of who he is. No baby starts behaving as a full adult, he must be allowed to grow to be able to act matured! It is not automatic. It will be scary that a child is born today and he starts running around and starts talking! It took time to even learn the art of sitting and in the same manner a believer will learn how to act righteous, not to be righteous but because he is righteous. A baby starts crawling like an animal at a time but that doesn’t make that baby an animal, a baby starts making meaningless sounds but they aren’t animals! In the same manner, a believer may have acted foolish and sinful at times but that isn’t who they are! They must be exposed to the word of God. So instead of sitting back and saying a believer isn’t doing something right, you have to go teach them what the word says about them.
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If our earthly parents were just very easy on us, giving us time to grow and playing roles in seeing that we grow, how much more our heavenly father? He isn’t pissed off about our worse behaviours. In the Old Testament the Bible says in Isaiah 59:1-2 “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” How can God whose ears aren’t too dull to hear still not hear because of sins? Well, we got something better in the New Testament and the Bible says in Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Oh God! We are in Christ and in Him, there is nothing that can ever separate us from God’s love! This is how righteous we are because Christ’s righteousness has been credited to us.
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We are as righteous as Jesus and nobody can do anything about that! We cannot be separated from God because we are same Spirit with Him, we are His body! He represent us in heaven and we represent Him on earth! We are the body of Christ which is the Church and there is not a single thing wrong with the Church no matter how people point out the wrongs and no matter how people do not live good examples! To say something is wrong with the Church is to say Jesus is having cancer of the breast, or foot ache or any other ailment! Nothing is wrong with the body of Christ and we are members of His flesh! You may not have looked like it yet, but you are extremely righteous, you are righteous in the hyper sense! You are just righteous and nothing less than that!
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Having known how righteous you are in Christ, there is another thing you ought to know… You are the light and salt of the world! That’s another teaching for another day.
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I am George O.N
The Man in God
#GracefulGeorge