Friday, August 29, 2008

What Is Righteousness?

Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God. 2Corinthians 5:21 CEV

…so that Christ could make us ACCEPTABLE to God! WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW! Those of us, who have given our life to Christ, making Him Lord, now (right now) stand before Him in a state of acceptance.

We don’t have to work for it – Christ did it; Hallelujah!

Righteousness entitles us – yes, “entitles” – to Kingdom stuff. I know, “entitles” sounds arrogant but it is the truth, Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children---this was his pleasure and purpose. Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! Ephesians 1:3-6 GNB It would be FALSE humility to say it any other way.

Unfortunately, much of the Church believes the lie of our enemy who says it is wrong to grab hold of our inheritance.

Our acceptance is not simply that we are just “barely lucky enough” to squeak by… NO! we have the privilege to stand before Him in the state of “sonship”, free from guilt and fear! Sonship also entitles us (there’s that word again) to the Kingdom and all that is within.

This is the “Good News” which we are called to spread throughout the land.

Abba, thank You for Your free gift of salvation, for making me and all who will come unto You through Your Son, Jesus Christ, able to stand before You guilt-free. I thank You for Your sweet fellowship and for peace that surpasses all understanding. You are good and worthy of all glory, honor and praise! Amen and amen!


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