What Does It Mean To Be “Righteous” Or “Right” With God?

Posted on March 10, 2009. Filed under: Religion |

To be made “righteous” simply means to be made “right”. Whatever was “wrong” in you or with you and your life is now “right”. It’s now OK, acceptable and approved by God. However, to truly understand what that entails we must first understand and determine several things.

We must understand that when God created earth and mankind – everything was “right” or “good”. (Genesis 1:31 )

Next we must understand that it was the fact that mankind “sinned” or decided what was “right” and “wrong” for themselves and consequently chose to “live” for themselves that caused them to become “cursed”. (Genesis 3:16-19)

That means that whatever was “right” about them became “wrong” as far as God was concerned. What were those things that became “wrong”. Another way of saying this in order to better understand my point is – “what is WRONG with us?

Let’s look at Four main areas:

1. We now die naturally and eternally whereas we originally had eternal life both physically and spiritually.

2. We now are “infirm” physically whereas we were originally created with perfect health.

3. We now are “subject” to that (creation) which we originally had authority over.

4. We now have to “earn our bread by the sweat of our brow” – whereas Adam was the king of the whole earth and it automatically provided his needs and wants. (I.E. the garden of Eden)

If we now are the “righteousness” of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21) and have been made “right” in God’s eyes because the He has “redeemed” us from the “curse” (Galatians 3:13-14) then we should now be at least restored to the original state of mankind before they “sinned”.

The problem is that this is not being taught in “Christian” circles. Most “Christians” are only taught to believe for forgiveness. Others are taught to also believe God for “healing” and perhaps to have authority over demons.

But we have been restored back to a place of COMPLETE dominion over EVERYTHING. As such we are now “gods” (John 10:34-36) like Adam and Eve were (Genesis 1:26-28). But if we do not believe that then we will not manifest that in our experience of life. That is because this is a “faith” world (Hebrews 11:1-6). However, just because Jesus died to redeem everything back to the place that Adam originally held – does not automatically make it so in your personal experience of life does it? No.

Each person has to hear the “good news” about this and believe it in order to experience it. The purpose that mankind was put here in the first place was to take Dominion over the earth, bring it in subjection to Him, multiply and fill it with his kind.

The purpose that Jesus “redeemed” us was so we could fulfill the purpose that mankind was put here for in the first place. It just so happened that we had to be forgiven and re-enabled to do that. But being forgiven etc was not the purpose of Jesus coming in itself. It was just a necessary step to the process.

Neither is “going to heaven” the reason that we are “saved”. If God had of primarily wanted mankind to be in heaven – he would have either “left” them there or “created” them there. But He created them on earth with complete authority over it and told them what there purpose was.

You see, if you do not understand the “purpose” of a thing you will inevitably abuse it. Are you allowing God to have His way in your life accordingly? We will discuss this in more detail in upcoming “lessons”.

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9 Responses to “What Does It Mean To Be “Righteous” Or “Right” With God?”

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Curtis,While I agree with most of what you have posted…maybe it is the wording you used or I have misunderstood, but I believe God\’s Word says that the ultimate purpose was for man to Glorify God and have fellowship with Him. Not to specifically have dominion over the earth (this was a gift from God to man) and certainly not to become "gods" ourselves. "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." Isaiah 43:7You are right when you say "consequently chose to “live” for themselves that caused them to become “cursed”." It is because of that curse we no longer enjoy the gift of having dominion over the earth. All things are cursed until they come to the saving knowledge of Christ. He makes them righteous within, not externally. Even though we become righteous we still live in a cursed world. Maybe perhaps you were suggesting that because of the righteousness within we are made able to live in this sinned cursed world. And how we plug into (understand and apply) that righteousness will determine how we walk in this world as a Christian. The other point is the earth itself is still under the curse…that is obvious from the fast decay of our planet…and will die as a result of the sin as well. But ultimately that too will become new!"And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother\’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth."Genesis 4:10-12 "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.\’Revelation 21:1Very interesting discussion….indeed!Grace to you Shell

The biggest tragedy in my mind came when man decided it best to eat of the tree of the knowlege of Good and Evil and took judgement on as something he wanted to walk in instead of letting God be the judge of all….now the greatest burden many of us take on is to judge everything…including ourselves…this ends up occupying us with a bunch of baggage that God so much wants to free us from. His righteousness is so powerful and liberating yet religion misses the point on this as it does with so many other things and stresses judgement once again rather than the free gift of salvation. Very interesting point that Michelle put here as well. I never leave here without having having to think about things…I like that!

Thanks for your comments guys and gals. To get you to think about things in ways that you perhaps had not done so before is my initial goal. I do not expect complete agreement.

Hello, it is nice to meet you.It took me years to become right with God. I think you grow into understanding and living God as you go on in life. I think that God understands this growing season we all go through. Ultimately in the end, we should be mature, ripe and glorious in the Lord. I think I may be there (finally). Life is certainly a hard and challenging "job" to master and learn correctly.Regarding your question about military career. I was in for 6 years plus 2 years thereafter as inactive. I had a short military career because I got cancer so I never truly got to see how far I could have gone had I not gotten sick. However, in retrospect, it (getting sick) was one of the greatest life lessons I have ever lived through. I don\’t think God really wanted me in the military. My job was as a combat signaler. My units have seen action in Desert Storm and this past war against terrorism in Iraq.Have a great day, Lori

This makes me happy!!! YESSSSS!!!

You have a beautiful family. :)

Hi, just passing through! I agree…my bible-study group have been studying this for the past year. I believe that, this revelation in Genesis sets the tone to truly understand God\’s original purpose, and as it relates to our Salvation etc…:) The Disciples\’ Prayer (known as the "Lords Prayer") also is a great indicator of God\’s original purpose and \’will\’ for Mankind etc..:)Adrian

Curtis I thought of you when I seen this video I hope you enjoy it as I did Hugs PatLink——–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-SI_HRWooA

Thanks so much for for all of your kind words.


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