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Righteousness (5)

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(Continued from part four…)

5)            Righteousness subjects one to the LORD God. Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. The meaning of ‘servants’ is the Greek douloo (dou-loh’-o): ‘to enslave.’ It comes from the root doulos (dou`-los) meaning: ‘1. (involuntarily) a slave 2. (of necessity) a bond-servant 3. (figuratively) a voluntary, fully devoted servant {literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency},’ it means the same as deo (deh’-o) ‘1. to bind 2. (regarding marriage) to be bethrothed, to pledge to give oneself in marriage 3. bond(-man), servant.’ Righteousness is a gift to only one species of creation: Christians!


                And there is a very good reason for robing us in this honourificabilitudinitatibus. Immediately you are born again it automatically turns you into a member of the celestial Family of the Godhead! You cannot be unrighteous and belong to this Godhood Family. “And if I go……that where I am, there ye may be also, is the Lord’s promise in John 14:3. God must do something. He robed His sworn children, ergo, in His own righteousness so that we may legally constitute of the Divine Family of Jehovah. It is never of our doing. Carnality has eaten, too rottenly deep into us to achieve this feat! It is that marriage to the Lamb that clothes us in eternal righteousness. Amen!

                The first time ‘righteousness’ comes out in the Bible is here in Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Now, let us do some studies. The action word ‘believed’ is ‘aman (aw-man’), meaning: ‘1. (properly) to build up or support. 2. to foster as a parent or nurse. 3. (figuratively) to render (or be) firm or faithful. 4. to trust or believe. 5. to be permanent or quiet. 6. (morally) to be true or certain. 7. (once, Isaiah 30:21) to go to the right hand.’ Abraham’s faith in the God that called him did it. Faith, we understand, cometh by hearing and hearing the sound word of Scripture, God’s protocol. Righteousness is not a lucre proceeding from the sweat of our moil. It is a gift, a Divine donation.

                The next word is ‘counted’ which is the Hebraic chashab (chaw-shaɓ’): ‘1. (properly) to plait or interpenetrate. 2. (literally) to weave. 3. (generally) to fabricate. 4. (figuratively) to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense). 5. (hence, from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute.’ God did some calculations when He saw Abraham’s faith. Jehovah placed a value on Abraham’s belief (in HIM), then He credited Abraham’s act with ‘righteousness.’ If Abraham did not show faith it would not have worked. The ‘righteousness’ is tsdaqah (tsed-aw-kaw’), a feminine noun speaking of productiveness. Whose production? Abraham’s? Nay! God’s fabrication, tailored for those who receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Tsdaqah means: ‘1. (abstractly) rightness. 2. (subjectively) rectitude. 3. (objectively) justice. 4. (morally) morality, virtue. 5. (figuratively) prosperity.’

                Being defined as ‘rightness, rectitude and morality’ it is nothing short of a Right Standing. Jesus ‘counts’ us as His, and the resultant effect is to credit the Christians’ life with His righteousness. Why? He is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jeremiah 23:6. Praise the Lord!

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Halleluyah!

                “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” [Ephesians 5:8-10]. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” [Phil 1:11]. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” [Col 1:10]. Our walk of righteousness is, indeed, an interpretation of God’s right standing as opposed to covert wickedness of satanic creep. Is it of our doing? Certainly not! The righteousness of Scripture is evidently of Divinity, lest any should boast. Amen!                                                                                                                                                             The first biblical couch of ‘righteousness,’ in Genesis 15:6, was Mosaic. Moses never saw Abraham. How did he come to know of Abrahamic life? It was dictated to him by God, (which was, and which is and which is to come), Jehovah who saw it all. Without doubt, I can hear God telling Moses, “Abraham believed Me -the I AM- and, opening a celestial account on his behalf, I calculated and entered the sum of ‘righteousness’.” Where did Abraham get the faith? From the Word of God. Abraham owned neither the faith nor the Word: for both are of God. Selah!

                You can put on the righteousness of Jesus by getting born again. Say this simple prayer, meaning it from your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”    


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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.

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