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When Jesus came to our land he spoke about the impending Kingdom which we now are in. The Kingdom of righteous people. That is why Jesus drew their eyes on the righteousness that characterizes the members and citizens of this coming Kingdom. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Thus, it is clear that Jesus was relating this kingdom to righteousness. Righteousness is the attribute of this Kingdom and its foundation. Yes, the Bible says that its base is righteousness, so let us know more about righteousness.
2 Corinthians 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.”
The Apostle Paul wrote about the Lord Jesus: “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”. That you and I may become the righteousness of God. Do you realize the meaning of this?
Do you think that Jesus came to give help to mankind and did not do so in such a way that man would return to his position before falling? Even to a better position than that before the fall? Of course, he made sufficient redemption to restore man to a better position than that which he had before the fall.
"Righteousness" is an important subject and when you realize it you will have matured and moved from spiritual childhood to spiritual maturity, where you do not suffer from frequent falls or volatile life. The Bible says that those who realized "righteousness" are the mature ones:
Hebrews 5:13 “For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the “doctrine of righteousness” [original meaning of the Greek text] (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]!” [Amplified Bible] meaning he is still an immature child.
Not only that, but realizing your "righteousness" has many benefits, of which: The thought of pressure or anxiety does not come to your mind, you will find that the things that were troubling you are no longer present. Why? Because you have realized your true status and identity in Christ. Isaiah 54:14 “In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.”
In Hebrew it comes to mean: “so far from the thoughts of stress that is the thoughts that disturb you and bother you”, this thought does not approach you. Why? Because you have known and you have realized your position, nothing will change your status even if circumstances change around you. He continues on saying:
Isaiah 54:15-17 “15 Behold, they shall surely assemble but not by me: whoever shall assemble against thee shall fall for thy sake. 16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 17 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 from me, saith the LORD.
That is, even if something happens around you, the result is already known: before they fulfill their intentions, they will not be able to overpower you.
The Lord says: Though I created them, I did not set them against you, this is caused by Satan, but every weapon that was directed against you shall not succeed. This is the inheritance of the children of the Lord and their righteousness, for we belong to the new covenant.
Isaiah 32:17 “And the fruit of righteousness shall be peace; and the work of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever”. In Hebrew it comes to mean: the result of righteousness is Shalom, and the word Shalom means peace, health, prosperity, protection, good relations with others and freedom. The work of righteousness results in tranquility and trust.
This is the key that many are seeking after: "TRUST"
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God in relation to an issue, which produces trust within you because you have learnt about the Lord's thoughts concerning the matter, that His will is your healing if you are ill, His will is your material prosperity if you are poor and His will is your protection and freedom if you are enslaved to sin.
There is an important element which is "righteousness", that because of it you will walk realizing that God always listens you. 1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers”.
Your awareness of your righteousness will make you pray with trust that your prayer is answered and that you are favored.
"Righteousness" is the key to an unwavering spiritual life, and this is the knowledge of the identity, your identity in Christ, for knowledge precedes conduct.
I always liken this thought to the following example:
One employee at a particular job was promoted to the post of the director for a whole company but without him knowing about it yet. In the second day after his promotion, he came and sat on his old office chair like a normal employee, because he did not know yet that he has been promoted. Someone then comes to him and asks him to sign something important so the work can proceed and not stop, but he rejects to do that wondering: "I am not the director to sign this document!, I am less than that!” So the worker leaves him for fear that he would become angry at his insistence. A few minutes later that same worker comes with another document requiring speedy processing which he refuses to sign too. He stayed doing so for hours until a friend came to congratulate him on the promotion and thus he knew then that he had been promoted to the office of the “director”. He then rose up and called for that employee who brought him the documents to sign and said to him: “Bring me these documents to sign them because this is my position.”
This is exactly you. If you realize the magnificence within you after your second birth, you will no longer walk as you used to, but you will do what is right because you have discovered your true nature and that is you do not produce error.
If you are enslaved to any sin or habit or in bondage to sadness and depression, you will discover after reading this subject that all this is not true and that inside you is the nature of righteousness and not sin; and these are only thoughts that are presented to you from the outside which you have ratified and your faith has made them a living reality, but in themselves they are not real.
These are some of the benefits of realizing your righteousness, in addition to Old Testament references of the word “righteous” that is represented by the word "tsad-deek" in Hebrew. The English translations have replaced "tsad-deek" with the word “righteous”. You will find that the psalms and proverbs talk a lot about us - [Arabic readers can note that Arabic bibles mention the word "tsad-deek صدّيق" as it is originally, because Hebrew and Arabic languages share the same word and pronunciation] - The word "tsad-deek" can be replaced with the word "righteous" and thus lets you understand and know your reality.
The words "righteousness of God" do not mean the word "righteous"
The meaning of "righteous" is not "the righteousness of God", both of which are important privileges that every believer must discover.
So these expressions should not be mixed; even though they look similar, but they are not the same in meaning. The Lord Jesus even did not accomplish them for us simultaneously, but made the believer righteous in a step, and made him become the righteousness of God in another step. There are therefore different benefits for both.
What is the meaning of the word "righteous"?
The righteous person is the one who was judged by the heavenly court as being blameless, and not being guilty, because the person of Jesus Christ has paid for the penalty of all his actions and took upon Himself the judgment as a substitute for that person.
The righteous person is the one who took advantage of this repayment of his indebtedness and became in the place of Jesus as blameless who has never did sin, because Jesus took his place and so He became a sin, but that person became blameless standing in the place of Jesus.
And thus benefited by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus and his recognition of Jesus Christ as Lord over his life.
A “righteous” person means a person who stands before God not condemned of anything. He is in good condition and in good relationship with God. There is nothing against him. There is nothing that disturbs his relationship with God. God has hidden his face from Jesus so as not to hide His face from you when you sin. There are no impurities in your relationship with God; that is the relationship is not contaminated, and is filled with acceptance and full satisfaction. The word ‘righteous’ means innocence, blameless in the eyes of the heavenly court – This is divine justice.
How did the believer become righteous - i.e. blameless?
Many believers think that Jesus "lifted up our judgment" but when you study the Bible, you will find that He carried the punishment of our sins, because judgment is the state of condemnation, not its punishment. Condemnation is judgment, but punishment is the execution of judgment in practice.
In order to understand this point, we must understand how a man is condemned: when a person does something (which has not yet appeared as being wrong), what makes this person realize that he has sinned is the presence of a law that indicates this error, then he will realize that he made a mistake as a result of what this law says. This law will stand against him and say: "If you do this, this punishment will come upon you."
Therefore this punishment came because of the judgment that is due to the law (i.e. the law in the Bible’s Old Testament [in Hebrew it is called ‘Torah’] = the law).
Therefore this law ‘Torah’ condemns the sinner, and this is true and fair, and is not for teasing him, but its goal is to help man so as not to continue in error, because man’s nature produces error, and there has to be something to stop it.
There is no longer a law against the believer because through Jesus the Law has been done with, Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth”. One of the translations says: "Because in Jesus is the end of the law ..."
Jesus has carried the punishment of anyone who comes to Him, and because he has abolished the law, this person will no longer be condemned.
The court of heaven has ruled blameless all who accepted the sacrifice of Jesus by faith. This happened because Jesus became a substitute for us, He also fulfilled the law that was condemning us and has abolished it. Jesus was the only one entitled to abolish it alone and no one else; why? Because the Bible says that the Law’s goal was the coming of Jesus, and this was accomplished through Jesus who has canceled it after he fulfilled and completed it without breaking any commandment.
Yes, Jesus said that He “did not come to destroy… but to fulfill..." This means that there was something incomplete which is the law that was waiting to be completed, and this means that He did not come up with a new doctrine contrary to what they believed in, but He came in the same belief that God will be incarnated and come to earth. This does not mean that The Law will continue to be followed, but it means that He is not against the Law and is standing in support of it.
That is, when you declare your faith in Jesus by your mouth, who took away your judgment and your punishment.
Paul says in Romans 1:16 that he “is not ashamed of the gospel because it is God's power for salvation”. That is, God has put all His power in salvation; so it is not expected that God has put all His power just for us to go to heaven only and be left in this life, but He made salvation much more greater. It is that you become righteous and also the righteousness of God here on earth and in heaven.
This righteousness is not based on deeds but on our faith in the Lord Jesus only. We see this in the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, 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”
Romans 1:17 "for in him is declared the righteousness which God grants on the basis of faith which leads to faith, as it is written: "Whosoever is justified by faith, by faith shall live."
How are you justified in the New Testament?
Matthew 12:37 “For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”
He says that in the Gospel (The Good News) righteousness was declared, that which God grants on the basis of faith and leads to faith. Hence we are righteous (declared blameless) because we accepted the sacrifice of Christ. And we have become the righteousness of God in Christ also. I will discuss this subject shortly.
WALK IN THE STATE OF YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
You may have received Christ for years but have not realized this truth, and have been praying wrong prayers out of your lack of knowledge of God's Word regarding a matter. But after this knowledge, if you pray that same erroneous prayers, this would be a diminution and reduction of what Jesus has accomplished.
Believe in your innocence, even if you do not feel it. Just enjoy the peace that you have become in because of your relationship with God. There is nothing between you and Him and sin no longer separates between you and Him. Do not believe your feelings, but believe the Word.
Romans 5:1-2 “1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
One translation says: “since our innocence was declared, let us walk in this peace that we have become in”
Romans 3:21 “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;”
So do not try later to obtain this innocence (blamelessness), because you have become righteous and that is who you are now, even if you do not feel it. You are in a good relationship with God. You are accepted and agreed upon in the sight of God.
Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He bestowed favor upon us in the Beloved.”
In one translation it comes as “He favored us in the beloved” and in another translation “He accepted us in the beloved”, in deed these are the meanings of the Greek word charitoō.
But if you consider yourself otherwise then you are looking at a totally false view. This innocence is based on works, but not on your works, but on the work of Jesus, whom He accomplished through salvation.
Therefore you have been judged as innocent because there is nothing against you now. That is, there is no law against you for Jesus Christ has abolished the law.
How long have you been innocent for? Since Jesus died on the cross, for from that day on in the sight of the Father all have become forgiven.
2 Corinthians 5:19 “that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not reckoning their transgressions to them, and committing to us the word of this reconciliation.”
Notice that He did not say “He is not reckoning the believers transgressions to them” but to the world.
You may ask, then, why will the unbelievers enter hell even though their sins have become forgiven?
This is in John 3:18-19 “18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness more than the light, because their works were evil.
The judgment which the sinner is going to face is not for his works, because Jesus already paid for it, but he will be judged because he did not accept God’s only solution. He will be judged of only one sin, which is not on his actions. This sin is his rejection of Jesus.
There are servants who preach that the law still exists and that believers are required to follow it. This error is caused by ignorance of the Word. Its consequences are that the lives of the believers will be lost and be gone astray. First we should know that the Law was given to the people of Israel and not to us the gentiles as is written in Psalms 147:19-20 “19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD!”
We return now to our subject: We the gentile believers have no connection to the Law. That is why Romans 7 does not speak of us. This was the struggle of Paul before he was born of God. If you read its beginning, you will find that he speaks to people who knew the Law. Today because of the preaching of the Law, believers have become deceived by being called to follow the Law. While it has not been ours but belonged to the people of Israel, even now it no longer belongs to them because it had been annulled by Jesus.
To know the explanation of Romans 7 at length you can read it in another article: “Romans 7 Isn't About the Believers”
THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES NOT CONDEMN THE BELIEVER BUT THE SINNER
The Bible says in John 16:8 “And He (the Holy Spirit), when He is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”
Dear brother and dear sister, do not accept the judgment that comes in the form of thoughts or feelings, do not accept it in any way. Judgment may seem innocent and on your side, but it is the function of Satan, not God. For the accuser has been cast down, Yes, I say this, even if you do sin do not accept judgment.
You only have to recognize this sin. This is not so that the Father would forgive you, but to not be conformed to a nature other than your nature now. Your relationship with the Father does not break off either way whether you confess your sin or not.
I am not calling you for negligence and Paul also does not call for negligence regarding to sins; Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Yes, there are those who misuse this freedom that we have in Christ and walk according to the five senses. You may be surprised if I told you that even this negligent believer who may find an opportunity to behave in the flesh; if he knows that his truth - the truth about the new nature he possesses - does not do, does not want and does not produce sin, that this sin came about because he does not know who he is and that sin is not produced by his spirit - this is all explained in the part called "the righteousness of God" later below - if he discovers this he will stop what he is doing and start walking according to his truth that is the nature of righteousness.
THE BLESSINGS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE NOT CONDITIONAL
You may marvel at this sentence though this biblical truth exists in the verses of the New Testament. Not every believer recognizes it unless he reads the Bible away from the influence or intolerance of a particular thought.
You may find someone preaching that the blessings are conditional, and this is because the blessings in the Old Testament were actually conditional. For example, Deuteronomy 28: 1 says: "If you obey the commandments of the Lord, these blessings will come upon you ..." . But in the New Testament this condition has been fulfilled. Yes, the blessings were conditional on obedience, but the good news is that you obeyed all the commandments and did not break them.
YOU BECAME OBEDIENT
Yes, even though you have not done so, but Jesus has obeyed the Law fully and has given you this status. You have become obedient as he became your substitute by taking your sin and giving you His obedience. That way you have become obedient to the commandment and have carried it out.
Exactly like if you stand at the counter in a market and find someone carrying a lot of purchases which price is too large, then you come and pay for the items’ price account, although you did not buy them.
In the eyes of the cashier, the account is paid for and he is not concerned about the person who made the payment, whether it was the owner of the purchases or someone else, it does not matter.
So that is how the substitution between you and Jesus took place, He took your status and gave you His status.
The Bible says that what Jesus did was obedience: Romans 5:19 “For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.”
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHAT JESUS DID ON OUR BEHALF IS CONSIDERED DONE BY US.
2 Corinthians 5:14 “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;”
Jesus died and we died with Him too. He obeyed and we obeyed with Him. He defeated the devil and we defeated the devil with Him. He rose from the dead and we rose with Him, obeyed the commandment and sat down with Him in the heavenly places. Romans 5:19 “For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.”
Therefore what Jesus did we did also. God looks at you that way, the angels look at you that way, the kingdom of darkness looks at you that way that you have defeated it and it has nothing in you. What remains is that you look at yourself like so.
No wonder the Bible calls you "obedient" and does not say “who will obey” 1 Peter 1:14 “And since you have become children of God obedient to him”
No wonder the Bible comes with the word obedience ... but after the resurrection of Jesus the word obedience never comes!! The order "obey the commandments of the Lord" in the New Testament never comes.
Remember this truth:
Sin will not prevent the blessing of God in your life and God will continue to bless you because God has already blessed you (happened in the past) Ephesians 1: 3; and His gifts are irrevocable Romans 11:29. The condition that was required by all the commandments of the Old Testament - which became ours in the New Testament - is obedience which was fulfilled in us (Romans 8: 4) therefore we have fulfilled all the commandments.
But be wary if you walk in sin you will stop and paralyze your faith; then you cannot take these blessings that has become available to you and are your right. For the blessings which are for you do not fall upon you on their own, but you receive them by your faith.
But when you do a sin, God will not take the blessings that He has blessed you with, or else He will break the law of Himself; and not only that, but doing so will diminish the work of Jesus; for by this He will be demanding payment of the price of sin which was already paid for through his Son Jesus.
THERE IS NO COMMANDMENT AGAINST YOU
Yes you have become like so. Believe this .... Note that I did not say feel like that, but I said believe.
Imagine that you went to an island with people living on it. There is no law or a constitution to govern them. If someone does wrong, he will not be held accountable and no one will stand up to prevent him doing so. There is no law against him. This is your status in the Spiritual Kingdom of God. Even if you do something wrong, there is nothing against you; and this does not separate you from God.
Do not settle into sin but repent of it if you actually did a sin (There is no ‘stand by’ repentance in the Bible), but repentance is not so that God will not be angry with you. For you are righteous in all cases, but the role of repentance is to give you awareness that sinning is not of your nature.
Could God start a Kingdom without a law? Yes, because He trusts those who belong to it, as they will be born of Him and possess the life of God in their spirits which is the nature of God; they will do His will out of their nature.
When God put the law he wanted people to allow him to enter into their lives and not to provoke them.
For the Scripture says: “You are the slave of the one whom you obey” Romans 6:16. Now you are not a slave but a son.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 “26 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.
Thus, when the believer receives the nature of God, the believer follows the statutes out of himself, and not from the outside. This is because they have become of his nature. He produces righteousness. For him, they are not statutes but nature.
Jeremiah 31:33-34 “33 . . . says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
In other words, the Law will no longer be an outsider to the nature of sin in them; but it will become their fundamental nature.
In the Old Testament, the Law was trying to curb the nature of the Old Testament believers (not born of God) who did not have the nature of righteousness.
But in the New Testament the believers became born of God and possessing the nature that produces righteousness - what is right only.
They do not need anything from the outside to keep them from sinning, because that which is within them is all right.
- Innocence ... and the death of Jesus
- The nature of righteousness ... and the resurrection of Jesus
INNOCENCE ... AND THE DEATH OF JESUS
Do you know that it was Jesus' death (not his resurrection) that fulfilled the judgment of innocence for you and me?
Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered to death for our offences, and was raised for our justification.”
Jesus' death was the way by which He took away the debt of the sinners. For He carried the punishment of sin by dying spiritual death, physical death and eternal death instead of all the world. The resurrection is not the payment of the price of sin but the death of Jesus. The resurrection has another very important role concerning the righteousness which follows. But simply the state of righteousness (Innocence) was fulfilled through Jesus' death, not through His resurrection.
This is like a person who was a prisoner and had a debt, then an honorable man took upon himself the punishment instead of that person who became free from that moment. Not condemned, innocent and the judge has no longer anything against him. Is not that great? Is not that enough? The condemned became without debt and free. Is not that all the condemned wants? So why did Jesus rise? If his death is enough and makes you innocent? Yes! why did Jesus rise?
In other words, lets imagine together if Jesus had only died and did not rise, was it not enough to get you out of the grip and right of Satan over you? Yes enough.
Was not the paying of the price and the taking of the punishment accomplished in your stead? Are not you free now and do not have a debt? Is not that enough? Yes enough.
But it was not the finished plan and divine intent for man. Because God wants him not to be a normal person then after; but a son of God; Hallelujah; a different species of humans that was not present before, another race of humans and another kind of creatures.
He had to pay for the price of man first. Then, after releasing him (through paying for him), he kills him and comes with another person, re-creating him.
He had to pay for man to buy him and be able to do this with him.
Continuing our example: This honorable man has taken the punishment for the guilty person. He exchanged with him the status so then after this culprit became innocent and the innocent became the culprit and carried the punishment. When the guilty person became innocent and free; the father of the honorable man then kills him and recreates another person not born of ordinary human beings, but born of the father of the honorable man.
Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered to death for our offences, and was raised for our justification.”
So let us enter deeper into the meaning of righteousness which was accomplished through the resurrection of Jesus (righteousness = the nature of righteousness).
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD (NATURE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS)
What is the meaning of God's righteousness?
The word "righteousness" means right and correct. That is when you hit something doing it the right way and of course producing the right result. The word "righteousness" means the nature that produces and manufactures things in the right way.
Without a doubt God does not sin at all, therefore He is the God of righteousness, the God who does not sin but always does things correctly in the right time and in the right place.
As we have become the righteousness of God, it means that our nature has become right and sound and produces what is right only and does not produce wrong. We have the divine power to do what is right, saying words at the right time and doing what is right.
Righteousness is not limited to deeds only, but it is fulfilling the divine plan and completing it; and so accomplishing God's affairs on earth. It also includes our walk in divine health, prosperity and divine protection. This is the righteousness of God. In Genesis 1: God created man healthy, sound and his needs satisfied. This is the rightness of God, i.e., the righteousness of God manifested before man. This is God who wants to do positive things to humans, that is the righteousness of God. Therefore it is no wonder that the giving and prosperity of believers in 2 Corinthians 9:10 are the fruits of righteousness which are right deeds, i.e. the fruit of their spirits because they have become the righteousness of God, that is this rightful deed is righteousness.
The righteousness of God is to do what is right, that is to walk in all the blessings that God wants for you, to walk in His will and do what He wants you to do in His kingdom.
When a sinful man accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and master of his life, at that same moment he is born of God and God gives him a new nature, a divine nature, the nature of God to produce and do everything in a rightful way: 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (the one born of God or in other words the one who accepted Jesus as his personal savior).
The word "new creation" comes in Greek to mean ‘another creature’ or a ‘new creature’ that was not existing before. A species that did not exist on earth before. A ‘divine human’ who is manifestly human and at the same time a partaker of divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4 “…be partakers of the divine nature…”
How did we become the righteousness of God Himself?
RIGHTEOUSNESS (THE NATURE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS) ... AND THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered to death for our transgressions, and was raised for our JUSTIFICATION.”
When the Father raised Jesus He started a new creation, and this new creation is made up of the people born with the nature of God in their spirits like Jesus. At the resurrection Jesus rose and raised us up with Him.
He was the only Son of God but He is no longer the only one. He became the firstborn (firstbegotten) among many brothers who are born of God Himself. The Lord Jesus is their head but I am speaking of the nature. We are from God, born of God ... 1 John 5: 19 and 1 John 4: 4 You are of God.
John 1:12-13 “12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
So the resurrection is the death of the old man who was set free when he became justified (made innocent) and then Jesus caused his death (his crucifixion) and created another kind of human being; a man of divine nature.
But it was indispensable to free the sinful man and pay for the price of his freedom so that God can have His way in man.
In the redemption (the crucifixion, the spiritual death, the physical death and the eternal death) which Jesus tasted, allowed Him to purchase man, and thus he paid for man and man became free, but not only that, but He caused his death (his crucifixion) then He created another man.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 “17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation”
New creature in Greek it means another creature.
Old things means: the old nature, the source of sin, the old man.
Passed away in Greek it means the eliminated, the departed, that which no longer exists.
Behold, all things are become new means there is no longer a hoof left for the old one, not any effect, nor any habits, because it simply no longer exists. The only existing one is a new person and newness is all the person's being now. All things are become new.
Yes, there are those who say that you have two persons inside a new one and an old one. This is not according to scriptures, as in you (that is within your body) is now one human being born of God. Where is the old? He died with Jesus on the cross (before the resurrection at which HE created the new person).
Notice that all this happened to you when you accepted Jesus and you have no hand in it.
The verse says: Jesus was made a sin, while Jesus never did sin. As well, we were made righteousness while we did not do any righteousness. This is something that happened to us and we have no hand in it. Just as Adam did sin in the past and I and you were not present, but we were affected by it, even though we are not guilty of the act of our physical father Adam; we took the nature of sin and all who is born will be born into iniquity and sin; that is he is conceived in sin as in Psalms 51:5 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”. Likewise is the righteousness. We have become the righteousness of God possessing His righteous nature that does not sin. All this was done without any other intervention.
When Adam sinned, he made all those who came after him sinners because they had inherited sin being his descendants, even though they had no hand in his sin and did not join him doing it, but they were considered as doing it through him. They were born into sin as a result of the act of Adam who preceded them and did it on their behalf.
Righteousness is likewise, Jesus did one thing that affected all those who would be born from God after Him. The same rule that was applied on Adam was as well applied through the last Adam Jesus. He accomplished one thing: redemption, where He obeyed God, and so made all those who came after Him righteous as a result of His action. Although they have no hand in it or any intervention, they were born in righteousness and became so. He did it on their behalf while they have no role in it, but they became it [they became righteous].
What is weird is when you pass this truth to some believers they argue. At first they are convinced that every person was born in sin because Adam influenced all the people after him, and when you tell the believer that Jesus influenced those after Him and made them all righteous they do not believe it!!!!! Why? Because they had never heard it being preached and was never taught to them; so they do not know it. We need to satisfy people with this great truth and then start organizing spiritual believers in services, why? Because this truth will raise up all the believers who have lived in the delusion that they are still sinners and do not realize that they have become righteous.
Even though believers are equal in righteousness but not equal in realizing that righteousness they have become. You will find those who realize and those who do not realize. And of course, the Scriptural Law states: YOU WILL POSSESS IN THE PHYSICAL REALM WHAT YOU SEE BY YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES.
I would advise those argumentative persons to experience the filling of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit will help them to recognize their spiritual identity if they cooperate with Him.
The secret lies in what you see.
THE SECRET OF CHANGE ... LOOKING AT THE MIRROR
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transfigured into the very same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
That is when you look at something you will be change to it. This is a very important law.
When you look in the mirror without doubt you will find a reflection of your image and not the image of someone else. So when I talk about what's in the mirror, I mean I'm talking about you and not someone else.
So when he says in 2 Corinthians 3:18 we are "beholding as in a mirror" it is expected that we see the faces of ourselves. But the Holy Spirit replaced this and said, "We see the glory of the Lord ... the glory of the Lord, that is, we are the glory of the Lord now.
If you do not see yourself in this way, you will not be changed in the physical realm into your reality. Romans 8:30 “…and whom he called ... them he also glorified. This is you and me. John 17:22 “The glory that you have given me I have given to them”.
Yes, there is splendor within you; there is glory in your spirit and for it to become evident and a living reality, you have to see this glory and splendor in your spiritual eyes that is seeing it in your spirit.
How do you see it? What mirror will you use to see the glory that is inside you?
The Word of God is the only one that will show the splendor that is within you.
What you will see you will become. Regrettably when you look at yourself according to what people say about you, what your parents say about you, according to what your spiritual leader says about you or according to what the devil lies to you about in your imaginations saying you are a failure, sick and broken .... All this if you continue to look at in your imaginations you will become it.
What many preach wrongly, which I call “judgment preaching”, makes people worse. It does not fix anything but it destroys it. Even if the preacher quotes many Biblical verses, these will not be rightfully given. You will not find that the sinner will accept Christ because he was reproached. The Bible says that the kindness of God and not the rebuke and violence will lead people to repentance.
Also the believer will not correct his ways by reprimanding, but if he used the mirror which is the Word of God to reveal what is inside of him and elaborated much on this, this believer would manifest his reality; and the glory and splendor that is inside of him will come out becoming a reality.
The erroneous Biblical knowledge because of the misinterpretation of Romans 7 has made many people deceived regarding their identity. Romans 7 actually speaks of Paul before faith [this is explained in an independent article]. What I want to draw your attention to is that the misinterpretation of this chapter has made people motivated to do sin and not to stop it.
REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE YOURSELF FROM THE OUTSIDE
The Apostle Paul said that he decided not to regard a man according to the outside, but according to what is inside. Why? For if he regarded man according to the outside he will be deceived, because the inner man is the real one. The inner man is your spirit that is born of God. So Paul decided not to look at others from the outside.
2 Corinthians 5:16 “Consequently, from now on we regard no one from a human point of view. even though we once regarded Christ from a human viewpoint, yet now we regard him thus no longer.”
Another translation says: 2 Corinthians 5:16 “From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.”
Paul decided not to look at the believers behavior or their words, because what is real within them is the magnificent glory of God that has no defect and contains supernatural power. Paul added that he does not know Jesus from the outside, because when he used to do so (before accepting Christ) he thought that Jesus was an ordinary person with a head, two hands and two feet, for he did not look at Jesus from the inside, that is Jesus the Divine – Who is God. He said that he used to look at the outside in the past and will not do this mistake again. He decided to look within at the spirit of each believer and deal with them regardless of their outside. Paul knew that the inner man of every believer is the glory of God and is Devine. Paul knew that if he dealt with people from this point of view he will be helping them to know their truth and not reprimand them, but will help them to discover what the Word says of them.
Therefore I encourage you to look at yourself from within through the Word of God. You are righteousness; this is your truth. You became another creature. An elevated creature born of God and no longer contain the life of ordinary human beings, but possess a divine nature and divine genes; not like those you inherited from your parents. Look with me at the mirror on your real image:
John 1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
You are born of God and this is you. Why do believers trust the fictional films that recount the events of a person who goes into space and there he becomes inhabited by a space creature, then after returning to earth this person’s external view remains the same, but this invisible creature within him begins to show powers beyond human abilities.
Why do believers - who are supposed to be walking in faith - believe this and not believe the Biblical truth that they were not inhabited but actually became other creatures? Glory to God Hallelujah!
After you were born of God, you have become the righteousness of God Himself, that is the essential being of God Himself, capable of doing what is right according to your nature. You no longer just have rejection towards error and sin, but within you has become the ability to do what is right.
Thus we have taken the nature of God that does not sin and have become the righteousness of God Himself. Illness, poverty, sadness and failure are all faults, not righteousness (rightness), because God did not put them in His creation from the beginning. If these were part of His nature, God would have created them as components of Adam and Eve and would have installed an instinct that loves sickness and poverty, and made it part of the components of the Garden of Eden. But God did not. These are all curses that came as a result of Adam's sin.
How much more the righteousness of God, which Jesus gave to those who believe in him has mark on them? Romans 5:17 says that they will reign in this life as kings, victorious and overcoming life’s circumstances, healthy, rich, protected by the hand of God. This is due to the free gift of righteousness:
Romans 5:17 “For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one [this is the mark of the first Adam]; how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Thus, the sentence “righteousness of God” means the very nature of God; the ability to do the right thing, and this is what we have received from God and have become it after the second birth because of what Jesus did, even though we have no hand in it. As Adam sinned and affected all humans after him; likewise the second Adam who is Jesus obeyed once to make all those after Him (who are to be born of God) righteous.
"RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD" AND NOT "RIGHTEOUS IN GOD"
2 Corinthians 5:21 “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”
Notice; He is not saying, "We have become righteous in God”, but He says we have become “the actual righteousness of God Himself." That is you are a source of righteousness you obtained this nature in your spirit.
Manu times believers often quote verses that they do not understand, and because they do not believe them, they begin to soften their meaning so that they do not have to face its truth.
There is a difference between food that is "Fat-free" and food that is "Skimmed".
Fat-free, means originally it does not contain any fat.
Skimmed means that it originally contained fat but the fat was removed.
You are likewise born to become the righteousness of God and you are not a sinner who has been corrected. That is, God did not remove sin from you as some say that: “He has cleansed you and put His Spirit in you”, but you were born of God and the spirit that used to sin was put to death.
The one that was a sinner in you died and you are now someone else. Galatians 2:19-20 "For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. 20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
I have been crucified with Christ, this is concerning the old man. He was “crucified” means he died. It means just as Jesus was crucified and died.
What I live now is the life of God because that old man has become someone other than the one who died. Here is the new man. He still lives inside his body which anyway is the same.
The second birth is not a new beginning as some people define it wrongly and say: “What is in you is as it is and was not changed but only began anew”; this is FALSE AND UNTRUTHFUL!
The acceptance of Christ is a re-creation not just a new beginning, but the man who accepts Christ dies when he accepts Christ and another human being comes born of God.
When you accept Jesus - as your personal savior - you will not feel this in your body because it happens in your spirit. Your body remains as it is; if it is thin it will remain as it is thin. You will not faint but in your spirit the following will take place: God will take the old nature (the old man) because he was crucified with Jesus and will give birth to you from Him personally. You will become another person though your mind will still remember things that happened before you accepted Christ and after it. This is only your mind, but your new spirit born of God will have only lived this moment and still has no past.
The word "righteousness in God" is always meant by those who use it that you are yourself bad and sinful but your sins have been forgiven in Christ.
This is a mistake. This can be accepted only in one case: if the one concerned here was the sinner after the death of Jesus but before His resurrection (i.e. before the new creation). Because man here is a sinner who was acquitted and has become innocent, as I explained before. But redemption did not stop at the death of Jesus, where He paid for your sins and you died with Christ. What happened after that is the resurrection that through which this new man was created to become a son of God, higher above the kingdom of darkness and has no evil or darkness within. A new creature who is not vulnerable to failure, illness or error. He may behave like a normal man. But if he builds up what is within him of glory, splendor and greatness, his splendor will manifest.
Greater than the greatest of the prophets of the Old Testament
Do not be surprised for Jesus has said this clearly. Being born of God you are greater than the greatest of the prophets of the Old Testament for he (the prophet) was not born of God and the Holy Spirit did not dwell in him.
We know this from what the Lord Jesus said concerning John the Baptist and was reported in Matthew 11: 7-11
Matthew 11:7-11 “11 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? . . . 9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
This is John the Baptist, and he himself is the one who said once in Matthew 3: 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry . . .”
This is the prophet whom Jesus said about him that he is greater than all the prophets of the Old Testament such as Moses, Elijah and David . . . Jesus also said that he is even greater than a prophet and has said something even greater, that among all those born of women on earth John was the greatest.
This is because his mission was the greatest and he was the only one who was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb.
But at the same time Jesus said a sentence at the end of His talk about John the Baptist to draw people's attention to the new creation and how it is greater than the greatest human being. Matthew 11: 7-11
. . . “11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
That means the least one in the kingdom of God which is the Kingdom of the righteous ones shall be greater than John the Baptist! That is, we can say that the one born of God is greater than the greatest human being and the greatest prophet.
Hallelujah You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a special people different from the rest of peoples.
SON AND DAUGHTER OF GOD
1 Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of perishable [human] seed but imperishable, that is, through the living Word of God, which remains forever,
Notice in the previous verse comes the word “seed" which in the Greek language is "SPERM" meaning the “male reproductive cell”, thus we were taken out from (i.e. born of) the nature and the attributes of God Himself. In the same verse as well he says that this SPERM is the Word of God.
That same Greek word came also in 1 John 3:9 “No one who is born of God practices sin, because the seed of God abides in him; and he cannot practice sin, because he is born of God.”
The seed of God in the above verse is the same Greek word “SPERM”.
The second birth, which value has been alleviated by people, is not a new beginning but a literal birth that occurs in the human spirit. The old spirit dies and the person is literally born of God and becomes possessing the same nature of God and His genes. 2 Peter 1: 4 “. . partakers of the divine nature”
The believer cannot understand this truth and mature in it while still continue in sin and servitude.
Did you know that you cannot be enslaved to sin, cannot fail and cannot be incapable of doing everything.
You can do everything and are capable of everything. You are only health, you are only success, you are only free. This is who you are.
Shout Hallelujah. Thank you Father God for what Jesus accomplished for us. John 1:12-13 “12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Glory to the Lord. I am born of God.
A person who never sins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 John 2:10 “He who loves his brethren abides in the light, and nothing can cause him to stumble.”
1 John 3:9 “Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because God’s seed abides in him, he is not able even to practice sin, because he is born of God.”
2 Peter 1:10 “ Therefore, brethren, rather be diligent to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you will never fall.”
The ministers and scholars of the Bible always stand before these verses unable to understand or comprehend it; and so they start to develop other interpretations of what these explicit verses say. The problem with not understanding these verses is due to the ignorance of the correct biblical definition of sin. Therefore I will define sin and then explain these verses that actually do not need explanation since they are explicit. People are shocked because they face a different reality from what these verses say. They look at their lives and find that they are committing sins, but these verses say the opposite. Let us know what the Bible say and face these verses.
The definition of sin differs between the Old and the New Testaments, this is because the Law was present in the Old Testament but it was not given to us the gentiles. In the New Testament the law no longer exists.
The word SIN in Greek means: deviation away from the goal, not hitting the desired target.
It is nature, not deeds, which the person produces deliberately and not inadvertently, that is he willfully desires it.
According to the "target" that is deviated from will result in the definition.
The definition of sin according to the Old Testament: is the non-completion of the Law which was the goal that must be completed.
Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”
But in the New Testament the definition differs because the Law was fulfilled by Jesus:
The definition of sin according to the New Testament: is the lack of behaving according to the new nature which only produces righteousness. This is behaving outside of love and faith. As mentioned in Galatians 5:6 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”, so when we look at the definition of sin in the New Testament, we will find that it differs from breaking the Law.
James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
Romans 14:23 “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. . .”
Therefore sin in the New Testament is related to the nature of the one you were spiritually born from. Since you are born of God, then you will want to do your father's desires, that is you will want to do what is according to the nature of your father.
NATURE IS NOT THE ACTIONS
In the New Testament, the new creation became in the believer ‘the Law as a nature’. The Law is no longer alien to him as it used to be in the Old Testament but it became himself. He does not try to live it [i.e. live the Law] because it is now his nature.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 “26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Thus, when the believer obtains the nature of God, the believer fulfills the laws by himself and not as being forced from the outside, but because it has become his nature, he produces righteousness. For him, they are not statutes but nature.
In the Old Testament he wanted to do something alien to him. Inside of him is sin and outside of him is the commandment.
But in the New Testament the inner nature became righteousness, so he obeys the Law not as a duty but as a nature.
The believer was a prisoner in debt and sentenced to death for his sins and for his transgression of the law. Jesus came and took the punishment instead of him, and he became free from the hand of Satan, who had found an opportunity to imprison him due to his transgression of the law. God did not stop here but He caused him to die with Jesus and then created another person; within him is the law as his nature. That is, he became the judge himself . . . from prison and execution to the post of judge. It became his nature.
You will understand the meaning of this from the verse in John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires”
Jesus said this when they wanted to stone Him. If we were to ask one of the people who were about to stone Jesus: "Do you want to kill Jesus with all your heart?”
He would answer and say: “Yes! I want with all my heart.”
Then we ask him: “Is there a conflict within you telling you should you hit him or not? Is there any hesitancy within you whether you should not hit him or should hit him with all your heart and determination?”
He would answer: No. There is no conflict, I want to hit him with all of my heart "
Did you know why they wanted to stone Jesus with all their hearts? Jesus told us the hidden inner reason, that is: this is the nature of their spirits which they took from the one they were born from, therefore there is production of sin in their spirits.
The opposite is true. Whoever is born of God will find that the desires of his father he wants to do with all determination and with all his will without hesitation.
Do you have trouble walking on your feet? Do you want to walk on your four limbs, your feet and your hands? Or do you want to walk on your feet only?
This is because in your body there is a genetic code and a nature in your structure that give you the desire to walk only on your feet easily without any conflict. Because this is your nature.
Therefore righteousness (correct deed and speech) is a nature and sin is also a nature and are not deeds.
If this is the case then why do believers sin? You may ask why do believers want to sin willingly?
Where is the problem?
The problem simply lies in the fact that believers do not know their true identity. They have not heard the good news that they are the righteousness of God. On the contrary, they heard for many years that they were sinners and that was what they were looking at. The result was that they were changed into what they have thought of themselves.
But are they believers? Yes they are believers. What proves to you that they are true believers? Because at one day they responded by faith in their acceptance of Christ but have not found anyone to give them true food which was not cheated.
The problem has been solved.
In the Old Testament, the problem was in the human spirit that we call the old man.
Paul speaks of himself when he was still living under the Law, that is, when he had not yet accepted Christ. The problem is not in the law. The problem is in the human spirit that produces sin.
Romans 7:11-12 “For sin (that is my nature within me i.e. my spirit), seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good (i.e. the problem is not with the commandment but with my nature)”.
MAN IS A SPIRITUAL BEING WHO HAS A SOUL AND DWELLS IN A BODY.
But of which of them sin is produced in the sinner? The human spirit, the soul or the body?
The Lord Jesus responds and says, "out of the spirit of man comes forth and stems sin, not from his soul and not from his body. Mark 7:21-23 “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within (that is from their nature and by their will, it is not through the intervention of Satan; but by their own will they want to do the will and desires of their father), and they defile a person.”
The human heart in the Bible means the human spirit. Therefore, from the spirit of man born of the devil, who is not born of God, out of his spirit comes evil.
In the spirit of man not born again is the source of evil, his soul receives information from the five senses and from the evil surrounding it, these then feed the spirit and the body brings the acts to the public.
But the body (the five senses) does not produce evil in itself and the soul also does not produce evil in itself
Therefore if we are to change this man, his spirit must change.
But as for the believer in the New Testament, the old man died and no longer exists, all is become new. That is, there is no trace of the old man.
Inside every believer is splendor that he would not know of except he sees it in the Word, that is where the teacher's role in the church come for.
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NATURE, NOT DEEDS, BUT IT PRODUCES ACTIONS.
Why the righteous might sin?
1 John 2:1 “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
Note that he says if he does sin, so naturally he does not sin and if this happens, there is a solution.
Therefore, the righteous may sin even though he is righteousness, because he did not develop what is inside of him. There will come a stage in which he becomes mature and sin in his life is gone.
That's what the Bible says.
To help you understand this truth see the following example:
The newly born child contains within each of his cells a genetic code and a nature that directs each cell and each member in the way they should work. For example the feet are for walking and the mouth is for speaking. This ability to do these tasks is inside, but it is dormant and needs feeding to grow and start working.
My question: Do you see the child walking on his feet or speaking as soon as he comes out of his mother's womb?
Of course not . . . Why? Is it because it does not have the ability to do so? Of course it has the ability to walk and talk, but these abilities have not yet matured and it will take time to mature.
After months of proper, healthy and integrated food the child will He begin to crawl on his hands and feet, later on he will start practicing to walk but will fall and rise up many times.
Is there a force or a nature within this child causing him to fall? Of course there is no force within him causing him to fall, but because he is maturing and learning to balance and avoid any obstacles in his way.
Years later, this child becomes older and able to walk without ever falling.
Mature adults rarely fall. If you ask a mature man about the last time he fell in his path, without a doubt, the answer will be at distant dates in months or years sometimes.
This is because within each human being there is power to stand and walk without any problem.
Thus, if every believer had learned the Word of God correctly since accepting Christ without feeding on improper teachings, they will mature and manifest their true identity after a period of proper feeding and training on the Word, and you will find them seldom falling.
Do they not sin. Yes, but there is no power in them that makes them fall.
If a mature believer falls, this would be because he did not take his caution of the obstruction that stands in his way while he is walking, but this does not mean that within him is the nature of falling. If he had been cautious, he would have never fallen.
Therefore the solution is that the believer should know and realize who he is truthfully, walk from this perspective in the light of this knowledge. He will train and mature to become as the Lord wills for him.
You have become a son of God, that is whatever happens with God happens with you. Your reactions towards matters are not like those of normal human beings. You can do everything; Philippians 4:13. You are not defeated by the circumstances of life and these do not affect you. You are stable and you have no worries. You are composed of victory, success, strength, health and wealth. This is God, whom we know, and have become His children and brothers of Jesus.
If you were enslaved to sin, it is because you have these FALSE CONVICTIONS:
- the thoughts that come to you are from you, 2) you need freedom, 3) you will not be able to get out of this sin and 4) within you are two natures.
THE TRUTH is that the thoughts of sin come to you from outside and are not produced by your spirit.
So all the above convictions are not true; for you have become in the Kingdom of God, and Satan has nothing in you, nor in your health, nor in your money, nor in your safety and nor in your age. Within you is the life of God, the power of God and one nature that is the nature of God. Always remember that the old man has died with Jesus and does not exist. Inside of you is a power to rise and not a power to fall. Romans 6: 6
Just meditate enough on your reality and walk accordingly. Rise up and throw away these bondages that deceived you and made you think they are more powerful than you.
KNOWLEDGE PRECEDES BEHAVIOR
One day a scientist visited a forest to do some research. During his tour he found a group of chicks and marveled because he found a large eagle in their midst. The scientist discovered after studying that this eagle does not fly like the rest of the eagles, but it has acquired a chicken-like nature which made it fly only a distance of some centimeters. He began to realize that this eagle had grown up in the middle of these chicken since its birth and it conceived itself as being a chicken, it behaved like them, it learned their temperament and limited its high flying abilities to that of chicken. The scientist began to operate opposite the visible reality (that is he ignored that this eagle does not fly) and chose to apply the scientific knowledge he has regarding eagles. Realizing that the eagle possesses the ability inside of it to fly high as his kind and this ability did not decompose with the years but needs to develop.
He took the eagle at the top of the mountain and repeatedly he began to throw it high and then catch it so it does not hit the ground. He repeated this over a number of days trying to get the true nature out of this eagle.
Gradually, the eagle began to spread its wings in order to save itself from falling and began learning to fly until it flew like any eagle of the same age.
This is what I mean in this example, if believers realize who they are, that they are the righteousness of God, they will walk in this righteousness doing righteous deeds because this is their nature.
What happens is the opposite, a thought comes to do something that is unrighteous and because the believer does not know who he is, he begins to deny that this idea does not stem from him and he becomes deluded because of the evil thoughts coming to his mind, not knowing that these thoughts are alien to him and not the product of his spirit. He then falls into judgment over these thoughts transmitted to him by the Devil, and does not distinguish that they do not stem from his spirit but come from outside. Consequently he actually falls under it and rejects the righteousness that is truly produced from within him because he believed that he is sinful inside.
Remember very well:
THE FACT THAT AN EVIL THOUGHT COMES TO YOUR MIND DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE THE ONE PRODUCING IT. BUT IT IS ALIEN AND COMING FROM SATAN.
Jesus Himself suffered being tempted but He did not sin. Therefore the evil thought’s presentation or imagination does not mean that you produced it or wanted it, but it is coming from the outside. If you meditate on it, and you were deceived thinking it is derived from you, you will find that you have planted wrong thoughts in your spirit which has become fertile, and the more you think about sin, the more you find yourself desiring to do it. Therefore you should not be deceived the first time this thought comes to you. It is not stemming from you, even if it comes with urgency.
Look at the Word which is the mirror and you will know that you cannot produce these thoughts now.
Your realization of the righteousness will make you know that these evil thoughts cannot stem from the splendor that is within you.
THE BODY DOES NOT MAKE YOU INSOMNIAC (RESTLESS)
The believers have set a mind picture of the body as being a problem while it is trainable; because its root has died, which is the human spirit before the second birth.
This resembles a small town with a brewery that caused the entire population to become drunk and addicted as the factory was supplying them with wines. Then we destroyed the factory, built a sanatorium and a health food factory. But the population is still addicted so we began treating them and everyone got rid of addiction and became healthy.
Thus the flesh was addicted to what the human spirit used to produce of sins.
But now the human spirit has been blown up and a factory of righteousness has been built. So the body (the population) has to get used to the new plant. There is no more nature addicted to wines in themselves. Their body did not produce any wine for they used to take it from the factory that was demolished. Conversely, the factory became for health food, and a sanatorium at the same time.
According to Romans 6:6 “We know that: our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing [be destroyed], so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” The body is no longer active towards the sin that comes from outside.
SO YOU DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT
Galatians 5:16-17 “But I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the spirit, and the desires of the spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, so that you do not do the things you desire to do.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
There is something wonderful inside of you; but if you walked according to the senses you will not be able to manifest this splendor out of you.
“. . . so you do not do what you desire”; the magnificence is inside of you; the righteousness is inside of you and it wants to come out.
In the above verse he speaks of the spirit of man, not the Holy Spirit, for if the Holy Spirit were the object of the verse, then if you complete the reading, you will find that the “spirit” will be defeated in verse 17, so either he is negligent in his role, weak in front of the body or rightfully he is not speaking of the Holy Spirit from the start. Surely this is not the Holy Spirit, but the spirit of man is the object of this verse.
Never has the Bible ever mentioned that the Holy Spirit fights the body. But the word “spirit” in Greek PNEÚMA (ΠΝΕΎΜΑ) does not determine whether it is the spirit of man or is the Holy Spirit. It is determined by the text. Here the text speaks of the human spirit.
In John 15 the Lord Jesus Himself spoke that the fruit of the spirit of man comes out of his spirit, and said that the part which produces fruit is not the trunk of the tree, but the branch. Yes, he also said that the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, but because of its existence and firm abiding in the trunk; which symbolizes Jesus Himself. Do not forget that the branch is the outlet for the fruits and not the trunk.
The fact that the branch is the one that bears fruit means that it produces it and has a role in doing so. If believers had understood this, they would have walked in love deliberately; knowing that this is their role. But because many believe that the ‘fruit of the spirit’ is the ‘fruit of the Holy Spirit’ [Galatians 5:22], this made them be waiting for love to rush out of them in a circumstance, and waiting, and waiting, and then not finding love jumping from within, so they start behaving with no love.
But what benefits us in this verse is that it teaches us that the solution is in our hands as God has put in us the power for love, for joy, for peace, for patience, for kindness, for goodness, for faithfulness, for gentleness (humbleness) and for self-control. This is you; this is your truth and your genes, and you can manifest these qualities at any time.
This is the only way for training your body. If you walk in your new spirit (by training it to walk in love and in faith). After discovering your new nature, feeding it with the Word of God, praying in tongues and walking in it, you will find that crucifying the five senses is easy even though the five senses (the body) are trained to behave according to the old nature, but actually the body does not possess an evil nature within it.
That means, you can train the body on the new man; as the result is guaranteed that he will be trained in it and will walk in it.
I repeat there is no nature in the human body, the Bible says that the body is like a machine. The spoon is a machine that carries the food into your mouth; would you one day ever find that the spoon has suddenly jumped and entered your mouth without you controlling its use?
Of course not. Thus the flesh has no nature in itself, that is it does not produce sin and does not produce righteousness but behaves as you train it. It is a matter of time training to walk in the new man. Just walk in the new man as the verse says in Galatians 5:16 When you walk in your spirit, you will find that the new nature is trained.
The new man has no history for he was born when you accepted Christ and he is not the same one who has been redeemed (the sinner). He is a completely different person. You are another person born of God.
The old sinful nature was in our spirits, but when we were born again this nature was removed and we were given righteousness; because righteousness is the nature of God and the one born of God has the same attributes and nature of God.
So when we define sin relative to a born again person; it is: not behaving in accord with the new nature that he has become. Our new nature, which we have received from God after the new birth does not sin. That is why when we do anything wrong we find ourselves unhappy, because we have done something in opposition to the nature that we have become.
But the remedy for this is: confessing our sin and not condemning ourselves. Just confessing only once that I have sinned against God is very sufficient. By ‘once’ I mean that you should not be persistent in confessing the same sin in front of God and feel yourself here and God sleeping in heaven; that you need to awaken Him because He has taken a very long nap.
Judgment is a demonic spirit that makes us always feel unworthy of standing before God; while we have become righteous and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” regardless of your act of sin or not.
Satan does not want us to advance in the life of faith, he does not want us to grow nor realize that we are righteous. For if we realize that we are righteous, the scales will become different before our eyes. We must know who we are in Christ by renewing our minds according to what the Word says about us; that we are righteous. If we renew our minds and program them to realize that we are righteous and that there is no condemnation against us; then we will think in ourselves as being unable to sin, and we will walk by our righteous nature which does not sin “and we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
This is not an attempt to become something, but you have already become something. When you discover who you are; you will start walking according to your truth which you have become it. Do not still try to obtain it. Let us know what genes we obtained and have become in us when we accepted Christ.
We will realize that we are righteous when we do not think that we are the ones doing the wrong thing, and that is because we recognize our nature which always produces righteousness; as it is the nature of God who does not know sin. Do not look at yourself from the outside, but look at your spirit inside, which was born anew and has received a new nature; the nature of righteousness; the "nature of God".
1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
There are many who have been deceived, because they have committed sin after they have received salvation and thought that within them is sin, and that within them is the so-called old man, in addition to the new. And they base their thinking on the words mentioned in the book of Romans chapter 7 to prove that within them still lies the old man. But this is not biblically true.
Let me tell you that in Romans 6:6 “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”; the old man died; that is the ability to produce sin inside of man was destroyed and completely vanished. In the second birth the nature of God became in man; so how could the nature of God and the nature of Satan co-exist in the same one person? Does this make any biblical sense?
There are some people when I talk to them about this they tell me: “we differentiate between death and crucifixion, so as long as the verse mentions that the old man was crucified and did not mention that he died; this is evidence that he (the old man) still exists”. When I used to hear that I would laugh at this inhuman thinking and how the human mind tries to accuse God that His Son's work is incomplete or that He did not complete His task fully. But have you ever seen someone getting crucified and does not die? If you’ve seen it then you must read Romans 6 11 & 12 “11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.”
Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
Grace is the ability to make a change. God does not say something to man that is difficult for man to achieve.
Things Christ carried on the Cross
(I will refer to some of them)
First: Christ became a curse for our sake so that we become blessed with all the blessings of Abraham. Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”.
Second: Christ became a disease for our sake so that to give us physical healing." Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
Third: Christ became poor (on the cross) so we can become rich by His poverty.
2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
Forth: Christ has become a sin for our sake so He can justify us before God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The Lord Jesus dealt with all this in order for you to live a wonderful life on earth. You are a chosen and appointed kind, the highest kind of creatures; and higher than normal humans because you are born of God. So refuse to live your life as a normal person but bring out what is inside of you of strength, health, wealth and righteousness.
Regarding Romans 7 which controversy revolves around; it is not related to the believer in all respects. For in Romans 8:1 the Word of God teaches us “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” So what is mentioned in Romans 7 is an account of the life of the Apostle Paul before his faith in Christ. It is a dividing chapter between chapters 6 and 8. The evidence is that if this chapter was ignored and the whole letter was read without it; the letter will still have sense and a very understandable content. There will also be no change. If this chapter (Chapter 7) was applied on believers in the New Testament; It will be contrary to what is written in chapters "6" and "8" of the same letter. This will be discussed in another independent article.
But when they realize that within them is a new nature and the genes of God, and walk according to the genes of God, they will change into that same image as Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 3:18 From glory to glory as from the Lord the Spirit.
Do not look at your mistakes but look at your identity. The prodigal son looked at himself, condemned himself and told himself:” I go back and say to my father, I have sinned; take me as one of your hired servants.” But the reaction of his father was not quite expected, as the father did not look at his son’s weaknesses but looked at his sonship. Realize that you are the apple of the Lord’s eye. Do not say “I'm a sinner” or “I'm despicable” or “I’m nothing”. Do not creep on your belly because of your sins, you are not a vile worm but you are the son / daughter of God Almighty.
The enemy the Devil wants to hide this truth from us that we are righteous so that we will always feel condemnation and think that we have to stand at the cross from the day when we first accepted the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior and declared Him King over our lives till life on earth ends.
But God wants you to leave the area of the Cross, enter into the Day of Pentecost, be filled with the Holy Spirit and be joined to the Revived Church which walks according to the true and correct biblical thinking, the church that enjoys the blessings prepared for her in Christ which are written about in The Scriptures. It is written: “We resist the Devil and he flees from us” and not the opposite; and I repeat what I said, it is not the other way round. Satan will not argue with you but will literally flee.
Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put righteousness as the breastplate.”
Take righteousness as a shield for your breasts, for the shield of righteousness is God's acceptance of us. We have to protect ourselves every day by the shield of righteousness; and to protect yourself from the Devil continue saying the following: “I am accepted by God Almighty”; “I am righteous”; and “God is satisfied with me”.
God does not remember our weaknesses and God does not look at our shortcomings but He sees us as righteous and perfect in the Lord Jesus.
You have even become in a position higher than sin and its forgiveness, you have become the righteousness of God Himself, that is you have become a producer of righteousness. Do not go back and think wrongfully about yourself. That is who you are. Believe it.
Hebrews 5:12 "You should by now be able to teach others after a long time has passed since your conversion, but you still need someone to teach you even the basic principles of God's oracles. You have once again become in need of milk! For you are unable to digest strong food.”
Here the author of the letter is surprised by the people who stop searching about what belongs to them in Christ and teaching others about it. They should not have been in this condition.
The condition of man is “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:28. This is what I and you live in, move in and be in: "God Himself."
Galatians 3:11 “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” And Galatians 3:14 “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith”. The word "promised Spirit" does not mean as some explain that the blessing given to us is only about the giving of the Spirit of God and His remaining with us in this life. This is greatly erroneous, but this sentence means: “the blessings that are given through the Holy Spirit” (that is the Holy Spirit is the means by which you receive the blessing).
The work of the Son of God on the cross was not only for redemption, but for the blessing that Abraham enjoyed would reach out to the nations that is to us. These blessings which are explained in Deuteronomy 28 and Exodus 23 are all earthly blessings addressing your body, your material needs, your soul, your bread, your health, your longevity . . . etc.
Now I will refer to your nature by replacing the word צַדִּיק "tsaddiyq [tsad-deek]" as it came in the Hebrew text of the original translations with the word "righteous":
Proverbs 11:23 “The desire [goals and intentions] of the righteous is only good [things that are only good], but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”
Proverbs 12:5 “The thoughts [in Hebrew it means thoughts and ways] of the righteous are right [in Hebrew it means it can be trusted and is sound], but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.”
The righteous always desires the right things. The "thoughts and purposes" of the righteous are always reliable.
Let me show you what is said in Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” The word “tsaddiyq” in the Old Testament is the word “righteous” in the New Testament. He is courageous and fearless like a lion. He is not afraid whatever the situation in front of him is.
Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
We thank God very much because we are blessed here on earth with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Heaven has no disease, no poverty, no disorder . . . etc. This is what God blesses us with.
And I say to you the last word which is the prayer of the Apostle Paul to the people of Ephesus in the first chapter: “17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
Pray this prayer by addressing yourself; for example say it this way: "may give me . . . that I may know . . . having the eyes of my heart enlightened . . ." till the end of the above verses until you discover what is yours in Christ, taking it and living by it.
DO NOT FORGET THE MIRROR - THE WORD OF GOD - THAT DESCRIBES YOUR TRUE IMAGE.
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