Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Righteousness of Christ and Righteousness of the Saints

Righteousness.  We are taught that as Christians, we are "clothed in the righteousness of Christ". What does that mean? What does that look like?  

Well, in Deuteronomy 6:24-25, we are told that if we guard to keep all the commandments of Yahweh (God) that it will be our righteousness.  

Now we know that the Bible makes it clear that Yeshua (Jesus) did not sin. 1 John 3:4 defines sin as lawlessness – breaking the law. Sin IS Lawlessness. Yeshua did not break the Law.  So according to the verses in Deuteronomy where it says that if we guard to keep all Yahweh's commandments, it will be our righteousness, and if Yeshua did not break the Law, He DID keep all the commandments, statutes, and ordinances of Yahweh, then according to Deuteronomy 6:25 - that was His righteousness

Therefore, if we are to imitate Yeshua, if we are to walk as He walked, then we need to obey what we were told in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is part of the Torah. We find all of the Father’s instructions that He gave to his children in the Torah, in the first five books of the Bible. Torah means instructions.  So if Yeshua followed all of the Father’s instructions, that was His righteousness.  Right?

In Psalm 119:142 we are told that the Torah is truth.  If you want to call it the law, that is fine. The law is truth, the law is perfect. All of His commandments are righteous and they are forever (again see Psalm 119:142).  So if we, as followers of Yeshua, are to be clothed in the righteousness of Yeshua, then our clothing needs to look like His!  

So think of the righteousness of Christ as a white robe.  Just like in Revelation 19:8 it talks about the Bride of Messiah wearing white -the righteousness of the saints (saints means "set apart ones").

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.
So let's picture ourselves wearing solid white clothing.  That is the righteousness of Christ.  And think of the things that are sin - lawlessness -  as, I don’t know, greasy food, and if we start scarfing down this greasy food, we are going to get it on our white clothing.  It is going to be stained with our sin - our lawlessness -  all over again.  Just because Yeshua had the righteousness of keeping the Torah (actually He WAS the Torah aka Word in the flesh! see John 1), He did it to show us how to do it.  He didn’t do that so that we don’t have to!  So if we want to keep the righteousness of Christ spotless, our white robes, without stain or wrinkle, then we also need to be guarding to keep all of those commandments.  And it will be our righteousness, because it will look just like the righteousness of Yeshua!

Yeshua said He would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, Who will remind us of everything that He told us.  (see John 14:26) And what did Yeshua tell us? He told us what the Father commanded. (see John 15)  Yeshua said:

 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. John 14:24

So the Holy Spirit reminds us of what the Father said. He reminds us of what Yeshua said and how He did it.  The Holy Spirit also gives us the power to do the same thing that Yeshua did (see  1 Thessalonians), which is to follow all of the Father’s instructions. 

Well, how are we going to know how to keep the commandments, how to keep and follow the instructions if we are not reading the instruction manual?  The word Torah, like I said, means instructions.  So we need to be reading the Torah so that we know what the instructions are. After all, haven't we just established that the righteousness of Christ IS guarding to keep all of the Father’s commandments, which He did? 

 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.1 John 2:4-6

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