Elevation – Sinner to Righteous
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Since we all are fallen descendants of Adam, all of us are fundamentally born with sinful hearts and minds. Then, how can we be elevated to become righteous even if we don’t actually commit sin.? We can never be righteous before God by ourselves. If we claim to be righteous, it is hypocrisy. Human beings are born as sinners and they sin before God throughout their lives.
Then, what shall we do to inherit the Kingdom of God that belongs only to those who are righteous. We must ask for God’s pity and depend on Him to be saved from our sins in accordance to Titus 3:3-5 . Only those who accept God’s Word admit that they are indeed sinners. They also know that to become righteous is only through faith in the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit which contains God’s Righteousness. In other words without believing in Jesus baptism,death and resurrection one cannot enter the kingdom of God.John 3:5. A believer in this beautiful Gospel knows that ignoring and laying aside God’s Word without recognizing it is the most serious sin. Those who accept God’s Word are made righteous even though they were born as sinners.
Salvation is attained only by grace through faith in the absolute finished work of Christ’s baptism ,death and resurrection.
Those Who Try To Be Righteous Through Their Works Are Still Sinners
Who are still sinners even after believing in Jesus? Those who try to elevate themselves to become righteous through their own works. Gal 3:10-11, “for as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse,” for it is written : ‘cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them, but that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith.’ It simply means that those who assume to believe in Jesus without the knowledge of God’s Righteousness and yet try to be justified by their works to become righteous are cursed.
Why did God give us the Law? He gave us the Law so that we may realise our sins. Rom 3:20. He also wanted us to know that we are complete sinners who are destined for hell. However, those who believe in the baptism of Jesus and the death on the cross can be remitted from all sins and be born again to become righteous children of God.
Elevation To Become Righteous
What is the most arrogant sin in the world? To try to live by the Law. We are blessed by having faith in the absolute finished work of Christ who came by the water, blood and Spirit. God saves those who have faith in His Word. Unfortunately today, among believers, there are many Christians who try to live by the Law. It is commendable that they try to live by the Law, but it is an impossible act that cannot be done by a fallen nature. The more we try, the harder it becomes. God’s Word says “faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ.” We need to cast off our arrogance in order to be saved by grace through faith.
Now, what do we have to do to be saved and become righteous? We must give up our own standards and fleshly thoughts arising from our carnal fallen nature. There are many who have not yet been saved and elevated to become righteous to enter God’s Kingdom because they cannot give up their wrong beliefs and efforts. Those who believe that they may gradually become righteous by trying to live up to the Law after believing in Jesus are cursed. They are unbelieving believers in Christ who still think that they have to live according to the Law by their own efforts to be saved.
Dear friends at NCCkl, can we become righteous through our works? No, we can become righteous only by believing in the Word of Jesus and to be elevated from sinner to righteous. Only by having faith in the baptism of Jesus, His blood and His Godhead. We believe Jesus Who is God born of a virgin as Man and became the Lamb of God. At the age of 30, Jesus received His baptism at the River Jordan. Through the laying on of hands by John The Baptist, all the sins of humanity, including our lifetime of sins were passed upon the body of Jesus.As our sin Bearer,He walked to Calvary to face the vicarious judgement for all men by being cursed and condemned to death.On the third day He rose from the grave to become our eternal Saviour Who lives forever in our hearts as the Holy Spirit. This is the way God has prepared the law of faith for us to become righteous. The redemption of the water and the Spirit does not lie in the works of people but in the faith in the Word of God. God delivered us through faith and that is how God planned and completed our salvation.
Why were those who believed in Jesus not redeemed and made righteous? They did not accept the Word of the redemption of the water and the Spirit just like in the days of Noah. However, we, who are as imperfect as they are, have been redeemed and made righteous through our faith in the Word of God. If two people were to work on a grindstone, the one left behind will keep on working even after the other person is taken up. The one who is left behind represents one who has not been redeemed and made righteous. Why was one taken and the other left behind? The reason is because one listened and believed the Gospel Truth of water and the Spirit while the other worked hard to keep the Law and was eventually cast down into hell. Those who are not yet born again and made righteous by grace through faith need to cast off their stubbornness and admit that they are grave sinners before God.
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