Righteousness by faith is the only basis upon which you can stand in the presence of the Father.
Righteousness by faith and the righteousness by works exist hand in hand. But this ought not to be so.
This is because the righteousness by works cannot stand in the presence of God.
It is fickle. It fluctuates. You don’t want your stand before the Father sitting on a shaky foundation.
The reason the enemy reigned and still reign in some peoples life today is that of their ignorance about the righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus.
Don’t be ignorant of this kind of righteousness.
The righteousness that the Father acknowledges today is the righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus.
You cannot earn this kind of righteousness. It doesn’t depend on how good or bad your past was. Or dependent on your present performance.
It depends on what your Lord and saviour Jesus Christ did on the cross.
The righteousness by works was what Adam tried to do when he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.
The righteousness by faith is what our Lord ushered in throw His death and resurrection. This kind of righteousness is a gift. Here is how the Apostle Paul puts it in Romans 5:17
For if by the one man’s offence death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 NKJV
So you see righteousness is a gift. You don’t work hard to earn or claim a gift. You receive gifts!
The righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus is the gift of God to you today.
What then is the big deal of knowing the righteousness of faith in Christ Jesus?
It gives you access and boldness to approach the throne of God and make requests. And after making those requests it gives you an assurance that the Father hears your petition.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; 1 Peter 3:12
If you have believed that you are righteous based on your performance;
How will you be convinced that He hears your prayer when you know all the mistakes you have made?
The Israelites struggled with apostle Paul’s teaching on the righteousness by faith in Christ.
They resisted it and carried on their righteousness by works.
Romans 10 was a response to the ignorance of believing and depending on the righteousness by works.
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, Romans 10:2-6 NKJV
They tried to earn what the Father offered to them as a gift.
When that happens, you have limitations because your performance cannot measure up to God’s standards.
And if you believe you can’t measure up, you won’t have faith to believe the Father hears your petitions.
So righteousness by faith is what gives you boldness to stand in the presence of the Father and ask.
Now you see the big deal of knowing and depending on the righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus.
The righteousness by faith is the righteousness that speaks while the righteousness by works is the righteousness that does things or wants to perform.
If you believe the righteousness by works, it will affect your actions and behaviours. When you fail you will assume you can no longer stand in the Father’s presence.
But the righteousness by faith is dependent on your Christ. Either good or bad you are always accepted. And as you continue to speak His righteousness, you will awake to it and sin no more.
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