GROWING IN GRACE - The Righteousness of Faith


11 Jul
11Jul

Our righteousness in Christ has to be a product of our faith in Him and His finished works, rather a product of our own works. Our failure to recognize and receive His righteousness as a gift can become a hindrance to a life of victory and success.

Religion places demands on us to find ways of impressing God or pleasing him with the sacrifices of our actions. The challenge with this is that we always fall short before God, that’s why it had to be Jesus doing it on our behalf. He fulfilled the requirements or demands of the Law.

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH


Jesus had no sin of His own, but on the cross He received all our sins. Likewise, you and I had no righteousness of our own, but we received Jesus’ righteousness when we believed in Him. At the cross, Jesus took all our sins and in exchange gave us His perfect, everlasting righteousness. So is this righteousness that we have received a result of our own works or His work? Clearly, our righteousness is a result of His work and we received this righteousness solely through His grace! (Joseph Prince)


Our righteousness in Christ has to be a product of our faith in Him and His finished works, rather a product of our own works. Our failure to recognize and receive His righteousness as a gift can become a hindrance to a life of victory and success.

Religion places demands on us to find ways of impressing God or pleasing him with the sacrifices of our actions. The challenge with this is that we always fall short before God, that’s why it had to be Jesus doing it on our behalf. He fulfilled the requirements or demands of the Law.


Romans 8:3-4 (NKJV Strong's)

3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


Romans 4:13-16 (NKJV Strong's)

The Promise Granted Through Faith

13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all


HE DID IT ALL FOR US. HE DID NOT DELEGATE BUT BECAME ALL THAT WE WERE MEANT TO SUFFER ...SIN, CURSE, POVERTY, SICKNESS etc...


  1. Made sin for Us...

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV Strong's)

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


  1. Became a curse for Us...

Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJV Strong's)

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


  1. For our sakes, He became poor...

2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV Strong's)

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.


  1. He took all our sicknesses and suffering on Himself...

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV Strong's)

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.


Matthew 8:17 (NKJV Strong's)

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities

And bore our sicknesses.”


Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV Strong's)

4 Surely He has borne our griefs

And carried our sorrows;

Yet we esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.


RESIST SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND RECEIVE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH


Romans 4:2-5 (NKJV Strong's)

2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,


Abraham believed God...

Believe that God’s promises are always true, yes and amen

Believe that His intentions are always good and that He means well

Believe that God is not out to get us or punish us for our wrongs

Believe that what He has promised He is able to do


SYMPTOMS OF SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS


  1. You always remember what you have done to deserve it rather than being reminded of what He has done - You always look back to find reasons why it had to be you, than why it had to be God
  2. You fail to recognize the people that God brought into your life for a critical purpose
  3. You depend much on what you know than what you can learn
  4. You always fall back on previous experience than on what is possible with God
  5. You become hard of hearing and quick to make judgment
  6. You are deceived to think you deserve have something more than others
  7. You work hard to qualify yourself than work hard to be qualified by Him or to let Him be God in every situation
  8. You tend to blame others and quick to point their shortcomings
  9. You are quick to celebrate other people’s downfall
  10. You are over sensitive to any kind of criticism or correction
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