It is a blessed new day people of God, glory be to His holy name… halleluyah!!! So today I am led towards the direction of the mystery of righteousness personified in Christ Jesus. Then this song from the days pops into my head, ‘I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS, SIN HAS NO POWER OVER ME’. I am certain this beautiful song was adopted from the scripture in 2Corinthians 5:21. We are who we are in Christ today because Jesus already paid the price, having become sin for us even though He was without sin.
There is something about the righteousness of Christ that we connect to and are justified by, this day. Truly there isn’t any controversy about how awesome the mystery of godliness is.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. I Timothy 3:16 NKJV
Christ our righteousness is God;
1. MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH
The opening verse of John tell us the Word was right there at the beginning and that the Word was God (John 1:1). It tells us how in all humility and love like no other, this Word became flesh, born of a woman with men to dwell to demystify the power of righteousness to mortals. If He in flesh could live without sin, then we can trade our sin for his righteousness at the foot of the cross and become the righteousness of God in Christ, full of grace and truth.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14 NKJV
2. JUSTIFIED BY THE SPIRIT
In Bildad’s conversation with Job, he asked a question in the fouth verse of the twenty fifth chapter, ‘can a man be justified by God or how can one born of a woman be clean?’ Jesus was one of a few before his crucifixion, justified by God and even more so than others by evidence of a voice and the symbol of the Spirit of God.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV
The awesomeness of God’s love was revealed in the righteousness of His son in whom all fullness dwell, through whom we have received reconciliation to God the father and have been declared holy and blameless. Some mysteries are just too beautiful when you grab the insight to unravel– glory!
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-Colossians 1:19-22 NKJV
3. SEEN BY ANGELS
In the wake of His victory over death on the third day, Angels heralded the risen Christ. (Matthew 28:1-7). They were the first to publish the historic event that would change the course of mankind for eternity. Yes, the angels have been noted in time past to witness important events and this stood to be one of the greatest of the great. They witnessed and ministered to God who became flesh, at his rising. How humbling that must have been for them, now they understand how much the Father loves us, impressing on them to minister even more to us, from a place of the love witnessed.
4. PREACHED AMONG THE GENTILES
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. Acts 10:34-35 NKJV
Through Jesus, peace and salvation reaches everyone who believes. The power of God has been preached as the gospel to everyone.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 NKJV
Christ’s righteousness is received by all and sundry who only believe.
5. BELIEVED ON IN THE WORLD
Christ our righteousness, is a mystery kept secret since the world began and is now manifested by prophetic scriptures made known in all nations according to God’s command for obedience to faith. (Romans 16:25-27).
The gospel is said to have brought and is still bringing forth fruits to this day. Nations have come to the knowledge of Christ our righteousness.
which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; Colossians 1:6 NKJV
6. RECIEVED UP IN GLORY
Jesus ascended to glory Halleluyah!!!
Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. Luke 24:51 NKJV
Christ was seen, taken up in glory and at that point he was worshiped. God Himself has exalted Christ for His obedience unto a death of shame on the cross, bearing our sins and transforming us to His righteousness.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, Philippians 2:8-9 NKJV (read 2:1-11 )
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