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If you can accept that under Jesus Law in the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, sin in the Kingdom of God is unbelief in Jesus, then what is righteousness under the same covenant in the same kingdom?

Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. When He comes, He will convict or expose the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”[1]

Why does the Holy Spirit convict the world in regard to righteousness? What is righteousness? For there is God’s righteousness, and our righteousness.

The Lord said, “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. I am bringing My righteousness near, it is not far away; and My salvation will not be delayed.”[2] The Lord also said, “If only you had paid attention to My commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”[3]

This does not mean that there are two different types of righteousness because only God is righteous. So then, what is God’s righteousness? God’s righteousness is His commitment to honour His word, no matter what it costs Him, for this is consistent with His nature, the truth. This is why God is also shrewd because He has the wisdom to fulfil His purpose without breaking His word. For this is what shrewdness is: Finding loopholes to use them so that what you do fulfils your purpose and is legitimate at the same time.

God’s righteousness is credited to man, in the same way that when Abram believed the LORD, He credited it to him as righteousness.[4] Righteousness is credited to us from God when we believe Him. When we believe Him, we are standing with Him, and are one in mind and heart with Him.

It is written in Genesis 6.9 that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of His time and He walked with God. How was Noah righteous, you should ask? When God said to him, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the Earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the Earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it…”[5] It is written: “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”[6] This meant that Noah believed God’s words, and then did everything God commanded him. This was Noah’s righteousness.

Righteousness has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LEVITICAL LAW. Never did. Never will. How can it when Abram and Noah were credited as righteous before the Levitical Law was given?

And why was the Levitical Law given to the Israelites? Because Israel said to Moses in Exodus 20.18-21: “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

How did the Lord respond to this? How do you read it? It is written in Exodus 20.22: “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this…” In the AMP and NASB, it is written: “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel…”

The two words “Then” and “Thus” here denote God’s response to the words and actions of the people. Since Israel wanted to keep their distance, it invoked God’s sternness. The Father gave the Israelites over to their desire to keep a safe distance from God. As a result, the nation of Israel received rules upon rules, laws upon laws, so that the only way Israel’s people would come to know God and His justice was through His grace and mercy in the atonement of their sins. For where there are many laws, there are bound to be many sins, heaping sin upon sin. Since coming close to God to listen to Him personally was a burden to the Israelites, God gave them over to rules and commands that were physical burdens and laborious to do. This is known as the Law of Moses or the Levitical Law, and many in the church fail to see that this body of law was not God’s original intention for His covenant with Israel. So how much more was the Law of Moses never intended for the church under the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins?

TODAY is the day we reconcile the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 6.25 with the words of our brother Paul in Romans 3.20. For Moses said, “And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” And Paul wrote: “No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”

Do their words contradict each other? By mere appearance, yes. But Jesus taught that there is more than obeying a law. In the obedience to a law, one must not neglect the more important matters of the law: Justice, mercy, faithfulness/faith and the love of God.[7] The righteousness that would be credited to the Israelites had they obeyed the entire Law is believing in God’s word in Exodus 15.26: “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” But did the Israelites believe the Lord? Rather, did they not with their next breath grumble against the Lord by saying, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!”[8]?

Moses’ words can be misunderstood to mean that there is a righteousness that comes by obeying the Law. This isn’t the whole meaning. Belief must come before obedience. Obedience to God’s laws without belief in His words is a dictatorship. Belief and obedience together is a relationship.

So Paul is correct in saying that no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the Law. Because the Law was given as the Lord’s response to Israel when they rejected Him and said that they did not want to come close to Him to listen to Him. There and then, the Israelites rejected the chance of a relationship. They put themselves under dictatorship, and found themselves disobeying the Law and rebelling against the Lord. Yet, they relied on the Law and pursued righteousness by the Law, but never attained it because they never believed that God delivered them out of Egypt to prosper them. Dictatorship is not God’s prescribed way. It never was.

Righteousness comes by believing what you hear. Believing what you hear is by faith. Believing what you see is by knowledge. And as you believe God’s words when you hear them, His righteousness is credited to you because you are standing with the only true God who is righteous in His commitment to honour His word, no matter what it costs Him, for this is consistent with His nature, the truth.

Thus you are honouring the One who honours His word, the truth. You are standing with He who is the Truth, and THAT IS YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. We have no righteousness of our own. The fact that Jesus taught us to seek the Father’s Kingdom and His righteousness meant that we have none of our own. This means that nothing we say or do can make us be of the nature of truth, unless we believe the One who is Truth and do things His way. Our righteousness ONLY comes by hearing and believing God’s words.

As Paul wrote, he did not have a righteousness of his own that comes from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. Righteousness by any other way is a delusion, a lie and a copout.

Since righteousness comes by hearing God’s word and believing it, then consider whom the Father told us to listen to. Did He not say, “This is My Son, whom I love, with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him”? On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus, Moses and Elijah were present with the disciples. If the Father wanted disciples of Jesus Christ to listen to Moses, on whom Jesus testified that the hopes of the Israelites were set, wouldn’t the Father tell us to listen to Moses, i.e. follow the Law of Moses? And if the Father wanted disciples of Jesus Christ to listen to Elijah, wouldn’t the Father tell us to listen to Elijah, i.e. follow the Prophets?

Under the New Covenant in the Kingdom of God, righteousness is credited to you when you believe that the Father has a Son, whose Name is Jesus, whom He loves and is well pleased with. It has nothing to do with obeying the Levitical Law. So why then would we ever be so foolish to turn from Jesus, who is our righteousness everlasting because we now hear and believe Jesus’ words that will never pass away – that we would turn back to the Law of Moses and/or the Prophets and the Psalms, turn back to the old covenant, turn back to pursuing a righteousness that is neither possible to attain nor pleasing to God?  We were running a good race. Who cut in on us and kept us from obeying the truth?

Jesus said, “And when He (Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world of sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me. Righteousness is available because I am going to the Father, and you will see Me no more.”[9]

Righteousness is available because Jesus has gone to the Father and we cannot see Him until He returns. But we can hear about Him. So while He is gone, the Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus and we testify with Him, so that the world may hear the testimonies about Jesus, the Son of God, and believe and repent. If they don’t believe, they can at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves, or see the work Jesus has been seen doing. For Jesus said, “Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”[10]

But how can we see the work that Jesus has been doing since He is not here and we were not there? We cannot, unless there are ones who have faith in Jesus, and have listened to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and thus know what those works are, and then do the same works He has done and even greater works because He has gone to be with the Father.

For when you hear testimonies about Jesus, and you believe, that is credited to you as righteousness. And when you hear and believe and put Jesus’ words into practice, and are able to doing the same works Jesus has done and even greater works, this is the proof of righteousness.

And this proof of righteousness does not prove that you are righteous in God’s sight. Far be it that we should elevate ourselves to make a name for ourselves. We are already more than blessed because Jesus said, “Even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” and, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”[11]

The proof of righteousness is not for us, but for Jesus Christ the Son of God, who taught us to break a law of God when He passed around the cup and the bread among His disciples, and said that we should drink His blood and eat His flesh in remembrance of Him because His blood is real drink and His flesh is real food.

The righteousness of Jesus Christ is that He laid down His life to ensure that His Father could keep His word in the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins between He and His Father. That when Jesus said, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done,[12] Jesus was committed to honouring His word to the Father at the cost of His life, for the will of the Father. For that is the Son’s righteousness.

And the proof of the righteousness of Jesus Christ in us is that anyone with faith in Him can do the same works as Jesus has been doing and greater works, because it proves that He has gone to the Father, exactly as He said. He said in John 14.12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”[13]

John 14.12 is proof that Jesus was not a blasphemer who was cursed by God because He was hung on a tree. It is proof that Jesus is the Son of Man who did the will of His Father, and is now sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One, and is coming back soon on the clouds of Heaven.[14] Anyone with faith in Jesus, doing the same works that Jesus has been doing and even greater works, is the proof that Jesus is with the Father, and not stuck in Hell somewhere, being punished for being a blasphemer who taught disobedience to the Law of Moses. For that is how Jesus linked His words in John 14.12. And that is why the Holy Spirit testifies ABOUT JESUS with us. For without the power of the Holy Spirit, HOW can we do the same works of Jesus and greater works? And without truthful testimonies, how can the Holy Spirit convict the world of righteousness, since righteousness comes by hearing and believing?

It was taught that the basic faith of the Kingdom of God required of those who are in the Kingdom of God is the faith to not only believe, persevere, obey, and even serve, but it is the faith to justify that which God has said and done through His Son, Jesus Christ, is perfect. Then this faith that justifies must include the faith and practice of all Jesus’ words to accomplish the result in John 14.12, for that is the proof of righteousness in us, which will justify the One who taught us to break a command of the Law of Moses to bring us into Jesus Law, all the while upholding this principle under the Law of Moses, that the life of every creature is in its blood. When, in fact, this very principle preceded the Law of Moses, because after the flood, God commanded Noah not to eat meat that has lifeblood in it. Therefore, Jesus is bringing us and has brought us to a time before the Law, for He is the Alpha and the Omega. And this is the age of Jesus Law where we follow and walk in the W/way, the T/truth and the L/life, and we master sin by the practice of righteousness (which is hearing and believing, and then putting into practice to prove Jesus’ righteousness), for the only eternal sin under Jesus Law is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.[15] How light is His yoke and how easy is His burden, truly?

Therefore every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. They will say of Jesus, “In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength, for this is the Name by which Jesus is called: The LORD our RIGHTEOUSNESS.”[16]

Your Kingdom come!

AMEN Holy Spirit 




[1] John 16.7-11

[2] Isaiah 46.12-13

[3] Isaiah 48.18

[4] Genesis 15.6

[5] Genesis 6.13

[6] Genesis 6.22

[7] Matthew 23.23 NIV & NLT, Luke 11.42

[8] Exodus 16.3

[9] John 16.10 NLT

[10] John 14.11

[11] Luke 11.28 NLT and John 20.29 NIV

[12] Luke 22.42

[13] John 14.12

[14] Mark 14.62

[15] Under the New Covenant, sin is unbelief in Jesus (John 16.9). As Jesus taught us to put His words into practice, the failure to do so is still unbelief in Him, and thus sin. Therefore, under Jesus Law, sin has nothing to do with the Levitical Law.

[16] Isaiah 45.23; Jeremiah 23.6; 33.16

 

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