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Romans 3:21-22 KJV
“But now The Righteousness of God WITHOUT (outside) the law is manifested, (Revealed), being witnessed by the law and the prophets; [22] Even the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God which is by FAITH of JESUS CHRIST UNTO all and UPON all them that BELIEVE: for there is no difference” (Emphasis Mine)

Yesterday we saw that Righteousness is bestowed by a judicial verdict. Once the conditions are met, the guilty party is declared not guilty and walks away free. In the course of our study, we have learnt that Righteousness can also be described as the Life or Nature of God that a person receives when they become recreated in Christ Jesus.

Most times, people judge Righteousness erroneously by observing conduct. Righteousness is a gift (Romans 6:23). It is received from God the Righteous judge by Faith in Christ Jesus. It is the life of God in a recreated human spirit that makes the person a child of God. When understood, it grants the possessor the boldness to stand before both God and the adversary without a sense of guilt, inferiority or condemnation! It is the biggest faith support & booster ever.

Conduct on the other hand is referred to as RIGHT LIVING. This is the manifestation of Righteousness in character development and daily living.

The ultimate end of the gift of Righteousness is Right living. God cares how well we behave, handle issues and treat others because we are the kingdom Ambassadors that people see.
That being said, folks generally mistake the underdeveloped conduct of a growing believer as the absence of Righteousness. They are 2 different things.

Righteousness is NOT “Sinlessness”, it is simply “guiltlessness”.

Psalm 32:2 KJV
“Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD IMPUTETH NOT iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile”

To look at a born again person who was declared righteous by God through his personal faith and accuse him of unrighteousness, would be tantamount to accusing a judicially acquitted man of murder. Why? Because they met the condition for acquittal by the expert representation of their counsel!! The man who believes in and places implicit faith in the finished works of Christ has by that act engaged the ETERNAL support of Christ as Saviour, High priest and Advocate. See the following scriptures.

Hebrews 7:25-26 KJV
Wherefore he is ABLE also to SAVE THEM TO the UTTERMOST that come unto God by HIM, seeing He EVER liveth to make intercession for them. [26] For such an high priest BECAME US, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

God wants us mature and growing in conduct daily but when we mess up, our advocate steps in to right things at once.

1 John 2:1 KJV
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye SIN NOT. And IF any man SIN, WE HAVE an ADVOCATE with the FATHER, Jesus Christ the RIGHTEOUS” ( Emphasis mine)

Sins are character flaws that reveal immaturity and are collectively described by a common Greek word translated as “Missing the mark” or ” Not doing it appropriately”.

The solution to inappropriate conduct in a believer is the understanding of the Righteousness they’ve received. When Righteousness is not understood, identity will not be clear and consequently, actions will be wrong.

The Bible says in paraphrase that as a man regards himself, that is how he is ultimately in manifestation. (Proverbs 23:7). This means that identity is the driver of character. Identity is a word that I choose to break up into 2 words:

ID - The unconscious part of the mind that actually creates psychic abilities.(Psychology)

ENTITY - A being unique and existing by itself.

Put together then, identity (Id - entity) is simply the being existing in the mind of a man. This image of oneself is responsible for the character, complexes, and other attributes that are collectively referred to as conduct. If their mental image of themselves shows them they are sinners, that’s exactly what they’ll manifest irrespective of the fact that they are righteous. This is called sin consciousness.

Therefore when a person identifies himself by a mental image of being the Righteousness of God IN Christ, he will manifest Right living in appropriate conduct that blesses humanity and returns Praise to God.

More coming up on Right living…

CONFESSION
Out of my heart flows the issues of life. I am developing in Righteousness consciousness and acknowledging daily what has been done in and for me. I AM The Righteousness of God IN Christ Jesus according to 2 Corinthians 5:21. I refuse to operate by my feelings, I choose to live only by the word which God has said about me. That word is true and unchanging. I will doubt my feelings in favour of God’s Word for I walk by faith and not by sight. I cast off sin consciousness, I welcome and retain Righteousness consciousness and my faith grows exceedingly strong by the day. Amen.

Selah.
Pastor Ken Okotcha

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