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Revelation 19:7-8… “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (KJV).
There is a strong call, by the Spirit, to a life of righteousness (practical holiness and practical righteousness). Unless there is a love for righteousness, there will be problems. It seems that when righteousness and holiness are being preached, theological swords are drawn and people arm themselves for combat. I believe that there is a generation that really wants to live righteously. There is a cry in the land for heaven’s standards. Recently three Scriptures have been on my heart…
Genesis 30:33… Jacob said, “So shall my righteousness answer for me” (KJV). Answer… i.e., speak for me and keep a protecting eye upon me.
Job 29:14… Job said, “I put on righteousness and it clothed me” (KJV). Righteousness covered Job.
Hebrews 1:9, speaking of Jesus, says, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (KJV). Righteousness and the anointing are connected.
Righteousness is a vast subject in the Bible. I want to talk of the blessings of righteousness. The word righteousness is used about 306 times in the Bible, so it must be important. Let’s look at a few of the verses.
Romans 1:16-18… “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (KJV). Righteousness is revealed in the gospel. God declared us righteous because we believed in, and accepted, Christ’s work on the cross. Christ shed His blood for our salvation (Romans 3:22-26, 5:1). Our own righteousness does not save us. God’s righteousness does (Isaiah 64:6).
Malachi 4:2… “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (KJV). Righteousness brings healing and spiritual growth.
Jeremiah 23:6… “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (KJV). Righteousness is part of the character of God, and it is this characteristic that is imparted into us when we were born again.
2 Corinthians 9:10… “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” Paul had been teaching on giving (vv. 6-16). Giving increases the fruits of our righteousness. Righteousness increases in the land when we give according to the will of God. Giving is more than money; it is releasing your gifts to heal, to teach, or whatever else God has gifted you to do. Jesus was able to bless multitudes through his giving.
Ephesians 6:14… “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness” (KJV). Righteousness is something we wear for protection. It’s God’s righteousness that we put on. Satan cannot penetrate through righteousness. To get to us the devil has to break through the righteousness of God. He can’t do it. Job knew this when he said, “I put on righteousness and it clothed me.”
Psalm 11:7… “For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright” (KJV). Psalm 4:1 reads, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.” Christians do get into distress. Because we have put on the Lord’s righteousness, He hears us when we pray. Righteousness and answers to prayer are joined together. Psalm 119:142 teaches that God’s righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. It lasts forever. James 5:16 teaches, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Righteousness sees you through difficult times…
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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