Spirit Harvest

Who Is Righteous Before God?

This post, “Who is Righteous Before God?” summarizes quite a bit of the process I’ve been detailing for years in my own walk. The process of being separated from worldly influences and desires. Not for the purpose of becoming “self-righteous” — for who can make themselves righteous before God? However, we can get right with God by submitting ourselves to His pruning, weeding, cleansing and watering.

“So who is righteous in God’s sight? It is the person who believes the true Gospel, repents, follows Christ, and obeys the law. Not the written code, but instead, the law of the Spirit. And what does that entail? It entails “circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit”. This is the person God will praise by declaring righteous.

“And what is this circumcision? It is a cutting away from the heart that which is corrupt, defiling, God-hating, idolatrous, sinful, and wicked. Just as a male’s foreskin is prone to harbor disease, so the sinful nature, infected with sin and susceptible to more vileness, grows in the unregenerate heart, hardening it toward God. It must be sliced off. And it is the Spirit who does this for the person who believes, repents, asks, and submits to the process by willingly crucifying the sinful nature. This process is rarely the time-span of a prayer, but a “birthing” done however God pleases, and of which we are not meant to know how to completely explain.” {Click to read the original post}

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Friends,
Who is declared righteous in God’s sight? It is the person who is “in” Christ Jesus by having been “born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) Such a person has become a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) –one who lives the new life, the holy life, the life which pleases God. “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” (Rom. 2:13)

Christianity has a huge group of teachers who try to tell us that no matter how we conduct ourselves, as long as we believe in Christ and confess to God to be a sinner in need of a Savior, we are thereafter made righteous in God’s sight. They teach “hear and believe”, rather than “hear, believe, turn (repent), follow, and obey”. Of course they will say that they are…

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