John 14:6 – The Way, The Truth, The LifeAugust 16, 2014
Galatians 2August 18, 2014
“17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
They who receive the gift of grace will receive the gift of righteousness and reign through Jesus. The gift of grace includes the gift of righteousness. We are righteous through Jesus. Righteousness is the character of God. It’s His faithfulness, or truthfulness, and His standard of being right. Righteousness is more than just having a right standing with God, which we do. But more than that, it’s His gift to us and all that it stands for.
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10). We believe and receive righteousness.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). In Jesus we are as He is made unto righteousness.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). It was Jesus who took our unrighteousness upon Himself so that we might be made righteousness—that we might have the free gift of righteousness.
Some still teach we have to work to receive His righteousness, but it’s a free gift of grace. Some say our righteousness has to be worked on in our behavior. We have to earn it through good works or being good. But the Word says it is a gift—a free gift. There are no strings attached. We simply receive it by faith.
Adam brought offence to man but Jesus brought the gift of righteousness. This is not righteousness you seek after. You already have it. It’s a gift of God’s grace to you.
It’s through your position of righteousness that you reign as Priests and Kings. God wants you to reign. He has made you righteous and has given you “the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17).