It’s time to move out of a consciousness of sin and instead move into a consciousness of righteousness. The Gospel is a revelation about the righteousness of God as a gift. Romans states: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, For in it the righteousness of God is revealed” (Romans 1:16-17)
The whole letter continues to show forth this truth: “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through the faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” (Romans 3:21-22)
It is when we wake up to this truth that we are able to move out of a consciousness of sin and instead move into a consciousness of righteousness. Hebrews 10:2 tells us to stop being focused on sin and to stop having a sin consciousness because of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ by which he cleansed us once and for all. A study of Hebrews 9:26 and 10:10, 12, 14 and 17 establishes that with one sacrifice our High Priest has solved the sin problem forever and ever!
The day you realize this, your faith will be released and your boldness towards God, man and the devil will go through the roof. You will enter into the rest of faith, which Hebrews 4 is talking about. Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of God without any sense of fear, guilt, shame or inferiority, as if sin never existed! It is, in every way, right standing before God. Then—and only then can we look up at Him and be radiant, and our faces are not flushed with shame or ridden with guilt.
It is God Himself who has done this. What
happened on the cross was that God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
How is it possible for us to have God’s righteousness without doing righteous deeds? The answer is: In the same way as it was possible for Jesus to become sin without sinning! If you see this, then the light of the Gospel, that which shines if the face of Jesus Christ, will shine for you.
Everything is finished. All we have to do is to say thanks and receive. Grace has been revealed unto salvation for all men. God has in Christ saved the whole world, but as many as receives Him are born again and experience the miracle of salvation. We have to respond to the grace of God by saying yes to Christ Jesus and confess Him as the Resurrected Lord.
As descendants of Abraham we are heirs of the world. It was not through the law the descendants of Abraham became heirs of the world, but through the righteousness of faith. (Romans 4: 13-14) If we study these verses carefully we will surely be surprised! Many think that it is sin that makes the promises of no effect and makes faith void. However, verse 14 shows that it is the Law that hinders faith and makes the promises of no effect. This is because the law creates consciousness of sin. (Romans 3:20)
However, by looking unto Christ Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, our consciousness will move from sin to righteousness, because Jesus Christ is now our righteousness! This is why Romans 7:4-6 explains that we are now dead from our old husband, the law, and in the new covenant we belong to Christ. As New Testament Christians we must not flirt with our old husband, the law, for it prevents the glory from flowing in and through our lives.
“Those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17) Because there is no condemnation for the one that is in Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life can take over dominion. The law of the Spirit of life has made us free from the law of sin and death.
The body of Christ will take its position and its heritage by seeing itself free from all condemnation by the sight of Christ, He that is our righteousness. He sits at the right hand of the Father, and John 2:1-2 explains that He Himself, the Righteous, is the solution to the sin problem. Jesus Himself said in John 16:10 that the Spirit would convince about righteousness because He went to the Father. Now He is there, and the Spirit convinces us about our righteousness in Him!
Beloved, stop being sin conscious and let the grace of God reveal to you that sin has been dealt with. That means yours and mine—all of it. We are free in Christ. It’s time to let His Spirit reveal to you the righteousness of Christ that has been freely given to you.