You do believe you are righteous before God. Right? I am not talking about the times “when you have done a righteous act and felt God was pleased with you”. No. I am not talking about those times.
I am talking about the times “when you’ve done small/great sin” or the times “when you don’t feel righteous”
can you still boldly come to God and say “I am righteous!”? how about when you’ve committed a small sin? Now how about great sin. can you still boldly stand and say “I am righteous”?
Here’s the truth we need to know. God does not weight sin. there is no level or category. you see, hate is already murder, lust is already adultery. you break one, you break all. small or great, sin is sin.
Underestimating sin leads to underestimation of Jesus finished work
Good works or Bad works are both Works
we seem to cannot get a change of mind about “Righteousness apart from works”
Works is described as both good works and bad works. both are works be it good or bad. correct?
You have right standing – righteousness – because of Jesus. put your faith in Him and not on your performance.
Judge your standing before God based on Christ finish work and not on your performance
Do you truly know what it meant to be Righteous by Faith? It means you abandon hope on your own efforts to be righteous with God and receive Jesus’ gift of Righteousness instead.
To believe you are righteous by Faith in JESUS is to ignore your Contradicting or Affirming Emotions.
the scripture should be the source and the basis of your faith, not your emotion nor feelings nor what you see
so the next time you don’t feel like righteous, remember this : the holy Spirit will convict you and remind you “You are righteous”
Repent and Confess
But then still, those who are self righteous would argue “but we need to repent of sin!” If what they mean is to turn away from sin to gain righteousness from God, then they are totally wrong. come on! Whether you sin everyday or not sin everyday – Your righteousness is Jesus! put your faith in Him alone and not in your ability to keep or maintain righteous
Repentance in Greek is metanoia. means change of mind. when we commit sin, we have to change our mind especially when we think “we lose the gift of righteous”.
We should repent from listening to the lies of the devil that tell us “you have lose righteousness before God because of sin”. Never! we have right standing with God. We are in constant fellowship with Him and the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sins (1 john 1:7).
Confess in Greek is homologeo. means to say the same thing.
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness, we have to confess or say the same thing with the Holy Spirit. Let us agree with Him “I am righteous by the blood of Jesus”
Let us not grieve the Holy Spirit by coming to God and feeling as if we are righteous on some account of righteous work we’ve perform. no way! are we now trying to merit grace?
In the same manner, do not grieve the Holy Spirit by coming to God and claiming as if we are sinners. don’t be a hypocrite. Christ made us righteous already. proclaim instead! Rejoice when you fail for you are righteous forever!
Do you know the Holy Spirit does testify on Christ’s righteousness?
“ And the Holy Spirit, when He comes, will convict the world
concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me (Jesus);
and concerning righteousness, because I go to the
Father and you no longer see Me (Jesus);
and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this
world has been judged ”
– John 16:8-11
to the Believers, the Holy Spirit bears witness of Christ’s righteousness. as Jesus is righteous, so are we (1 John 4:17)
to the Unbelievers, the Holy Spirit convicts them to believe in Jesus
But we have to repent from Sin!
But we have to preach more on repentance in the institutionalized church! we should tell people to turn away from pornography! adultery! murder! prostitution! <your definition of sin here>
The Holy Spirit will only convict the world with one sin. The sin of unbelief (romans 14:23, John 16:9).
My friend, something is wrong with your institutionalized church when people engage in such activities. tell the pastor to “Preach the Gospel”. Preach Grace and not Law.
our mind is still based on the old. Hey wake up! You are a New Creation! if there are pornography, adultery, murder, prostitution in the institutionalized church then it means sin has dominion over the institutionalized church and the institutionalized church are not under grace.
Believe you are righteous, for that is what “righteous by faith” means. it means righteous even on failures!
If you’ve done enough “turning away from sin” without result, turn to Jesus!
On Losing Righteousness
Must First Gain in order to Lose
Our righteousness is based on Jesus’ credentials. no man is worthy to stand before God. not even one, except Jesus. “for there is only one mediator between God and Man (1 Timothy 2:5)”.
none of us is credible enough to even say to God “I let go of righteousness and go back to being sinner” for God will look at Jesus your representative and not you.
you are hopelessly righteous forever! amen. You cannot lose what you didn’t gain
- Once righteous before God, Always righteous before God
- If God justifies you, who can condemn you?
- How did you become righteous?
- How can you become sinner?
- There is no hope in becoming a sinner again
– grace and peace
the intensity of work needed to transform a sinner to righteous is the same intensity of work needed to transform the Righteous to sinner for the Righteous is Jesus