RIGHTEOUSNESS CONSCIOUSNESS – BY DAVID IBIYEOMIE
Righteousness is a free gift of God provided by Jesus Christ at Calvary through the grace of God. It simply means being in right standing with God. This is not referring to your good work or pious look; it is referring to God’s righteousness. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of righteousness.
Rom. 14:17 -For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Righteousness is God’s nature bestowed on man through the Lord Jesus Christ while Consciousness is a mindset personally developed and programmed to believe in any particular thing in a certain way. It is a belief-system that you allow to control your life.
Righteousness consciousness therefore is having your mind configured or programmed with the thought or certain belief that you share God’s nature of righteousness with HIM by being born again. It means being obsessively aware that you are righteous regardless of your past activities; having Christ in you.
Self-righteousness is simply morality without Christ (Mark 10:17-22). Some people think that they are righteous because they are morally sound or don’t do evil but this is not true. You are not righteous because you don’t commit sin; you are only righteous when you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Self-righteousness does not guarantee heaven
Isaiah 64:6a -But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
Practical-righteousness is when you are living right as a child of God based on the standards of the Word of God.
1John 3:7 -Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Acts 10:35 – But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Positional-righteousness is not by merit, good works or living right but it is the free gift of God (Rom. 4:3-6). It is not what you did or earned but what Jesus did on your behalf. This righteousness is God clothing you with His divine nature the moment you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
When you accept Jesus Christ, you move into a position of New Birth. God accepts you on the basis of what Jesus did; not what you did. Just like you became a nationality of your country by being born in that country, so also, you are positioned in righteousness the moment you become born again.
Isaiah 43:25 – I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Heb. 8:12 – For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
The grace of God worked for Paul so much that he worked with righteousness consciousness. Paul had depth of understanding that he had more results than any of the apostles in the Bible.
Acts 8:3 -As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Gal. 1:13-14 -For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Paul understood God’s forgiveness and the effects of God’s righteousness on him when he got born again. He worked in that consciousness and satan could not attack him; that was why he had more results than other apostles. If you don’t walk in that consciousness as born again, satan can still molest you.
Acts 20:26 – Wherefore I take you to record this day that I am pure from the blood of all men.
2Cor. 7:2 -Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
The things you did before you got born again is no longer remembered by God. Righteousness is your new position in Christ; walk and live in that consciousness and everything about you will change in Jesus name –Amen!!!
God bless you.