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