The Free Gift of Righteousness
It’s Something You Receive, Not Something You Do

by Pastor John Hamel


"For He hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."  (2Corinthians 5:21)


"Once you discover what God has done for you on the inside, you'll spend the rest of your life being successful at prayer on the outside." - Pastor John Hamel


"Righteousness."  This little word is probably one of the most misunderstood words in all of Scripture and it should not be. 


Righteousness simply means, "to be right with” God.  This is what Jesus has done for us.  He has made us right with God our Father by bearing the penalty of our sins for us.   


Some people wrongly believe that they must make themselves right with God.  This is how all the false religions of the world came into existence.  They do not realize that in order to make themselves righteous they would first have to become sinless as Jesus is and then go to the cross as Jesus did.  That, of course, is not possible.


The only way for a human being to become the righteousness of God is to receive the “gift” of righteousness that is being freely offered by Creator God, through acceptance of the Person of Jesus Christ.  This is what the Apostle Paul taught.


…much more they which RECEIVE abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:17)


Most believers do not realize that righteousness is not something we do.  Righteousness is something we receive.  That is why it is called a “gift” in the Bible.   Gifts are not earned.  Gifts are simply and thankfully received.  


Right standing with God cannot be earned, either.  That would make it a wage, not a gift.  Right standing with God can only be received as a gift provided by the sacrifice of Jesus.  Can you see it?


Another interesting aspect of righteousness is that it is perfect.  It is not possible to grow in righteousness once it is received.  We can grow in faith, we can grow in love but we cannot grow in righteousness.  When we accept Jesus’ free gift of righteousness we become as righteous as we will ever be.  We actually become as righteous as Jesus.  


No one will ever arrive in Heaven and become more righteous.  We receive the fullness of the gift right here on good old planet Earth.  So, if you are Born Again, you are as right with God as Jesus is and as righteous as you ever will be, feel like it or not.  That's just Bible, plain and simple.


Righteousness is not based on feelings, either.  It is based on faith in what the Father has stated in His Word.  No matter how bad you messed up yesterday, you are still the righteousness of God today.  Sin is always wrong but repentance is always right. 


If you messed up, ask for forgiveness and start walking in righteousness again.  This is what the Father actually expects of us.   Seem too good to be true?  Well it is both.  It is too good and it is true!  


Many prayer failures are simply the result of failure to understand and to simply RECEIVE righteousness as a gift.  If I was having a problem getting my prayers answered, I would first make sure I had no unforgiveness in my life. (Mark 11:25)  Once I was clear there, I would move immediately and make sure I was laying hold of righteousness as the Father expects me to.


Let's look quickly at just some of the many wonderful benefits of obediently receiving Jesus' righteousness by faith.


"For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield." (Psalm 5:12)


The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."  (Psalm 34:17)


"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread … The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever."   (Psalm 37:25, 29)


"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon."  (Psalm 92:12)


"…the LORD loveth the righteous."  (Psalm 146:8)


"…the seed (children) of the righteous shall be delivered."  (Proverbs 11:21)


"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers…"  (1 Peter 3:12)


When Satan comes to tell you what a loser you are for all the mistakes you have made, open your mouth and say, “I am the Righteousness of God by faith in His Word.  By faith, I am actually as righteous as Jesus. Therefore, I receive all of my benefits right now, regardless of all past mistakes.  Thank you for this miracle, Father, in Jesus’ Name."


Once you discover what God has done for you on the inside, you'll spend the rest of your life being successful at prayer on the outside.


Righteousness - it's something you receive, not something you do. 


Receive righteousness right now, by faith!

Be blessed ... John & Barbara Hamel



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