Title: The Righteousness of God! By Bro Chris Ibia
Date: 14 Apr 14
“In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, the Lord our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16).
Beloved, our God is a righteous God. He does not compromise with any unrighteousness. Any service rendered unto God that is not on the platform of righteousness cannot be accepted by Him. Bro John through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote this way: “All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death” (1 John 5:17).
To walk in righteousness of God, is to reckon with His word, rely on Him with spirit, soul and body; completely sanctified with the truthfulness of His words. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth…” (John 17:17). When we don’t accept the word of God which is our true means or source of righteousness, we cannot possess God’s quality of righteousness. “For if Abraham were Justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Rm. 4:2-3).
Total Obedience to God’s words activate His righteousness in the life of a practitioner.
“God is a Spirit” (John 4:24a), since being led of the Spirit qualifies us as true sons of God (Rom. 8:14). The settled words of God in heaven (Psa. 119:89) is the only means the true righteousness can be procured. When His word is rightly observed, we are righteous.
We obtain righteousness through His word. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psa. 1:1-2). Staying on the word of God, until His word becomes fire; burning on our inside to the point that, the devil cannot comfortably rest on us with his perpetuated evil. “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord…”(Jer. 23:29a). For our God is a consuming fire…” (Heb. 12:29). One of the qualities of the word of God, being His true righteousness; is the manifestation of spiritual fire. “Behold, I am against thee, o destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain” (Jer. 51:25). The righteousness of God is against: disobedience, Spiritual laziness, procrastination of Spiritual exercise, unholy life style, unregenerate, or reprobate mind (Rom.1:28), Adulteration or defying of the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17), unbelief and fear (Rev.21:8) etc. We believers are to show case this righteousness of God to the world: because, we are created in His image and His likeness (Gen.1:26a). “I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” (Psa. 82:6). If we are gods according to the scripture; we are to be righteous as He is righteous. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1Pet. 1:15-16).
May God of all righteousness; perfect our righteousness through Him in Jesus mighty name, amen.