Our Righteousness versus the Righteousness of God

  You are Established in Righteousness

brianvisagie.com-Our Righteousness versus the Righteousness of God-Brian Visagie Profile picture-WP-Copy.jpgThe Word of God in Isa. 54:14 says unto you, “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.”

Anybody who finds Isa. 54:14 while seeking the Face of God, will immediately set out to justify himself before the face of God by observing all sorts of laws and principles. This happens when you seek the Face of God without the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ.

We can learn from 2Cor. 4:6 that the Face of God is in the face of Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 also tells us that there is no other name in this world whereby we can be saved, except by the Name of Jesus Christ. This is because God gave His Glory and all dominion and power over to His Son Jesus Christ (Dan. 7:13, 14; Matt. 11:27; 28:18).

God reconciled the world unto Himself by Jesus Christ and forgave everyone their sins by faith in Jesus Christ (2Cor. 5:19). Hence, we have the ministry of reconciliation by the Holy Spirit (2Cor. 5:18). The ministry of reconciliation is also called the ministration of righteousness (2Cor. 3:9). So when you seek the Face of God, you actually seek the Face of Jesus Christ.

When you seek the Face of God you need to be careful that you do not dishonour and defile the Name of Jesus Christ. God is love (1John 4:8).

So when you do anything that is not in love against another person (Rom. 13:10; Jam. 2:8), you:

  • Despise the commandment of love ( 2Sam. 12:9; John 13:34).
  • Dishonour the Name of Jesus Christ, and give His enemies reason to blaspheme (2Sam. 12:10, 14).
  • Sin against God (Gen. 39:9; Ps. 51:4).

 Your Righteousness is a Gift from God

In Isa. 54:17 you’ll find that the Word of God says unto you, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Isa. 54:17 is but one of the many covenants of promise of blessings and deliverance that every believer in Jesus Christ has inherited by His blood (Eph. 2:11-13).

At first glance, the Words of God in Isa. 54:14 and Isa. 54:17 appear to contradict each other. However, Isa. 54:17 also tells us that the righteousness of God is a heritage of the servants of God. In Christ Jesus, you are not a servant, but a joint heir to the salvation that is by faith in Jesus Christ (Gal. 4:7). What Isa. 54:17 tells you is that your righteousness is a gift from God in Jesus Christ. This is confirmed in Rom 5:1.

You will misunderstand the righteousness of God when you don’t have the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. For the Glory of God is the righteousness of God. Likewise, the activities of Satan against you are known as unrighteousness. When you misunderstand the gift of righteousness that is by faith in Jesus Christ, you will be lost. This is evident from Rom. 10:1-4.

God’s gift of righteousness is not in the form of your good deeds. The gift of righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ is a spiritual gift. It is free from anything that you can do or think.

The Gift of Righteousness

God’s gift of righteousness unto you is the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. You receive the gift of righteousness when you receive the Holy Spirit.

At the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the disciples spoke in tongues (foreign languages) to foreigners (Acts 2:2-4). Acts 2:9-11 list those foreigners. Acts 2:11 also tells us that the disciples spoke about “…the wonderful works of God.” The “wonderful works of God” refers to what the Glory of God looks like. The Holy Spirit is the Glory of God. He raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead (Rom. 6:4; 8:11).  Therefore, the Holy Spirit can only appear in the Glory of God. So the Disciples were telling them about the Glory of the Holy Spirit.

Because the foreigners were amazed at this, the Apostle Peter explained. Acts 2:38 reads, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” From Acts 2:38 we learn that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:2-4 is also described as to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

When the Apostle Peter preached at Cornelius’ place, Acts 10:44 says that “the Holy Ghost fell” on those who heard him. The words “the Holy Ghost fell on them” is described in Acts 10:45 as “the gift of the Holy Ghost poured out on them”. This gift of the Holy Ghost is the same outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:2-4.

To receive the Holy Spirit also means that the gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon you. It is through the abundant grace of God and not by your own works (Rom. 5:17).

Righteousness by Our Works

We are righteous in our own ways when we keep the laws of our country and the Law of Moses. In fact, human rights laws like, you are not allowed to kill, are built around the Law of Moses. Our righteousness is by way of keeping laws, and principles, and through self-discipline.

However, nobody can keep all the Laws of Moses. Therefore, no one can be justified before God by keeping laws, and principles, or through self-discipline (Rom. 8:3). Hence, the righteousness of God is by faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21, 22).

When you seek the Face of God you need to understand that there is a difference between your righteousness versus the righteousness of God. That difference is that our Lord Jesus Christ is your righteousness.

Adam and Eve’s transgression subjected the soul of every living being to the power of Satan’s veil of death. The veil of death keeps us from entering into the Glory of God with the Light of Eternal Life. It is only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ that we have salvation from Satan’s veil of death.

God put all the filth that Satan’s veil of death instilled in your soul and body on His Son. The Apostle Paul says in 2Cor. 5:21, “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.” So when you go to God you have to go through our Lord Jesus Christ to be justified.

What 2Cor. 5:21 teaches is that when you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God as your gateway to the Light of the Glory of God, then your soul is forgiven and delivered from the power of Satan’s veil of death.

The Unrighteousness of Your Soul

The work of Satan and his veil of death is known as unrighteousness. It is also known as the works of iniquity, and also as the sin of iniquity. Satan’s veil of death is described in Isa. 25:7, 8.

Because of Adam and Eve’s transgression, the soul of every living being has been subjected to the power of Satan and his veil of death. This means that we are born with a natural inclination to believe in the works of Satan’s veil of death. Therefore, we are known to be sinners.

If we do not repent to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we remain:

  • Sinners
  • Workers of unrighteousness.
  • Workers of iniquity.
  • Covered by Satan’s veil of death.

Isa. 25:7 prophesies, “And He (Jesus Christ) will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering which covers all people, and the veil that is woven over all nations.” Satan’s veil of death is a covering over the soul of every living being. This veil of death has its strength in the Law of Moses (1Cor. 15:54-56).

We also learn from 2Cor. 3:14-16 that whereas the veil of death remains over our souls in the reading of the Old Testament, it is done away with in Jesus Christ.

It is only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ that your soul can be redeemed from Satan’s veil of death. By faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, you are justified from all the works of the veil of death in your soul. By faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, you are set free from Satan’s works of iniquity and unrighteousness.

The Stain of Our Righteousness

Isa. 64:6 (MKJV) says: “But we are all as the unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as a menstruation cloth. And we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”  There are two truths in this verse of Scripture: 

  1. All our righteousness are as a menstruation cloth
  2. We all fade (wither) as a leaf because of our iniquities
  • All our Righteousness are as a Menstruation Cloth

Now, this may be a very crude and unsavoury way of describing our righteousness in the sight of God, but it really illustrates the disdain which God has towards us when we want to justify ourselves in Christ Jesus while at the same time we have fellowship with the deceptive and changing light of the veil of Satan.

You know that deep down inside of you, no matter who and what you are, that there is a whole lot of good, and that most of the time you really do well unto others. Isa. 64:6 does not mean that God views your good deeds and all your good intentions as filth. After all, we are told in Matt. 3:8 (ISV) to “Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance!”

No matter how noble and honourable and cultured we are, we are born in sin. To be born in sin means our souls are born in the veil of death. Your soul remains spiritually dead as long as it lives in the darkness of Satan’s veil of death. Because of the spiritual death of our souls, our bodies decay and die a physical death here on earth. This spiritual death of darkness is that death that Adam and Eve were warned against in Gen 2:16, 17.

The Spiritual Death of Your Soul

In Gen. 2:17 the Word of God warned Adam, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” This death was the spiritual death of Adam’s soul that God referred to, and not the physical death of his body.

Therefore, when Satan said to Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:4 that they shall certainly not die, they believed him. However, the devil did not tell them that God was talking about the death of their souls and not about the death of their physical bodies.

Everything that Satan does and says is classified as a lie, and when we believe Satan and his dreams and visions, we love and make a lie (Rev. 22:15). Therefore, it is important that when we study the Bible that we are not sceptical about the Word of God. We are taught to receive the Kingdom of God as a little child (Luke 18:17). The Gospel of the Glory of God in Face of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of the Light of the Glory of the Kingdom of God (Rev. 21:23, 24).

The death of the soul is not the end of the existence of the soul, as in the case of the death of the physical body. The death of the soul is the separation of the soul from the Light of the Presence of the Glory of God. When Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie and desired the beauty of the dream and vision of Satan’s appearance, they gave the devil power over their souls. Therefore, they were driven away from the Light of the Glory of God and were subjected to Satan’s deceptive veil of decay and death.

Separated from the Glory of God

Satan’s kingdom is a veil of death that separates us from the Glory of God. Satan’s kingdom is also described as a destroying mountain (Jer. 51:25). In Isa. 25:7, 8 (RV) the Word of God says, “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering that is cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.”

This prophecy of Isa. 25:7, 8 is fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ. The veil that Moses made in Ex. 26:31-34 and hung in the temple is a symbol of Satan’s veil over our hearts. The day that our Lord Jesus shed His blood and life on Calvary, He tore that symbol of the veil of death in two (Matt. 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45). Thus, He paved a way for us through that veil of darkness and death, Hence, we are set free by the Blood of the Lamb of God from the veil of death (Heb. 10:19).

We were born subjected to Satan’s veil of sin and death because we inherited from Adam (Rom. 5:12). Thus, we are separated from the Glory of God (Rom. 3:23). As long as we are under the power of the veil of death, we remain:

  • In Sin.
  • Unrighteous, and
  • Separated from the Glory of God.

When we remain separated from the Glory of God, no matter how noble our intentions, whatever we do and live are classed as:

  • Unrighteousness,
  • The works of unrighteousness, and also as
  • The works of iniquity.

The only way for you to be justified by God to enter into His Presence in the Holy of Holies is by faith in Jesus Christ. He is our only Hope to inherit the Holy Spirit with the Glory of the Kingdom of God. (Col. 1:27).

We all fade (wither) as a leaf because of our iniquities

The second portion of Isa. 64:6 illustrates the result of fellowship with the light of Satan’s veil of death. Fellowship with the light of Satan depletes our bodies of the Life of the Light of the Glory of God. Thus, our bodies are plagued with decay and disease and eventually die. This is not the will of God for our bodies and our lives.

In the beginning, before Adam’s transgression, man was destined to dwell in the Light of Eternal Life in the Presence of the Glory of God. The Light of Eternal Life now resides with our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:4; 8:12).

It is for this reason, to free your soul and body from death and corruption, that our Lord Jesus Christ laid down His Life on Calvary. Thus, we can understand and believe that He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his wounds, we are healed (Isa 53:5).

And so, we find the will of God in Christ for our lives in 3John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

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The Apple of God’s Eye is Lost in their Own Righteousness

In Zech. 2:8 (Darby) the Word of God says, “For thus saith Jehovah of hosts: After the glory, hath he sent me unto the nations that made you a spoil; for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” This covenant of promise is initially aimed at Israel. However, we have inherited this covenant of promise by the Blood of Jesus Christ. So, like Israel, we too, are the Apple of God’s eye.

In spite of this, the Apostle Paul prays in Rom. 10:1, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” What the Apostle Paul is saying is that the apple of God’s eye is lost.

In Rom. 10:2, 3 he gives the reason for Israel being lost, “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

From Rom. 10:2, 3 we can learn that Israel:

  • Has a zeal for God. This means that Israel dearly loves God.
  • The zeal and love that Israel has God for are not according to knowledge. If your zeal and love for God are not according to the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ, you will be lost.
    • When your zeal and love for God is not according to the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ you will establish your own righteousness.
  • When you establish your own righteousness you do not submit yourself to the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. This is because Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes in Him (Rom. 10:4).
The Righteousness which is of Faith

Rom 10:4-8 continues: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.”

What this passage of Scripture in Rom. 10:4-8 teaches is that the righteousness of God is not found by looking for God up in heaven, or down in the deep. Nor is it found in dreams and visions. The righteousness of God is found by faith in the Word of Jesus Christ. For, it is only by faith in the Word of Jesus Christ that we can come to the knowledge of the Light of the Glory of God.

Hos. 4:6 says: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” So, regardless of their goodwill, and in spite of Christ having sacrificed Himself for them, God’s people, the apple of His eye, are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge of God’s righteousness.

Righteousness to Know the Power of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

In Phil. 3:9, 10 the Apostle Paul writes that he wants to be found in Christ Jesus “… not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…”

This “power of his resurrection” is that power of the Light of the Glory of God which raised Jesus Christ from the dead. And, it is only by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we have access to this power and might of the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ.

The Glory of God is also known as the Holy of Holies. By faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are set free to enter into the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:19).

Satan may fiercely resist you, but the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, says the Apostle Paul in Rom. 1:17. What Rom. 1:17 means is that even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed, the more you believe, the more your faith will grow. Thus, you will be justified before God in Jesus Christ.

God Bless and Guide You.

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