I heard that, “The snare is broken, and we are escaped”
This is moment to press on. I saw heat released by the enemy against those rising in The Glory of God, but I saw also that through perseverance many prevailed and were seeing results, manifesting God’s Glory.
Yes righteousness is pivotal to reigning in God’s Kingdom.
When I first came to Christ, I never understood what righteousness was. Boy, I really suffered, coming from the background I was from.
Each day I left the house, I would go out to the streets and the secular songs I sang would be played at street corners. I would be hearing the vulgar words and oh how I suffered.
I had thoughts that God should just give me a lot of money to sponsor those whom I thought were seemingly ‘qualified’.
There were times at night when I would confess my sins and ask God to forgive even the ones I couldn’t remember, and after that, I would ask Him to now take my life as I sleep, so I won’t wake up to offend His Law the next day.
My local assembly didn’t understand The Doctrine of Righteousness. I kept on burning my clothes, burning photos, destroying everything I got from my past life, in other to be right with God! Until one day, I had an encounter with The LORD — through Galatians 3.
Today, a lot of people see me at times as being ferocious about this subject, but they have never understood what many of us went through, trying to give God our all.
Today I understand that Jesus has taken the yoke and has given us righteousness as a gift.
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; 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.
Now we must be understanding this Gift of Righteousness. If we say it is a gift, we must loose the ribbon, open the carton to see what is inside!
We are told what this gift of righteousness is in the first letter of Paul to the Church at Corinth.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in The LORD,”1 Corinthians 1:30-31.
It says Jesus is made our wisdom and righteousness. That means, my Righteousness is a person! My righteousness is Christ. Jesus is made my righteousness. It is not a doing — it is a person.
But look at something else;
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him,” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
I am also made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. But if I am made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, how was I made?
Now we must understand that man is triune, man is a tripartite being. Man has three parts: the Spirit, Soul and Body.
The spirit is the real man, the soul is the place of the intellect, mind, will and emotions.
It is a place of reason — but it is not a personality — as the spirit and body.
The body is the house of the real you — which is the spirit.
So we have two personalities, the outer man and the inner man.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day,”2 Corinthians 4:16.
So once you are born again, the real you is the spirit. You are no longer of the flesh — but spirit. The body is just a casing, a house — hence Jesus calls the born-again Christian, Spirit.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,”John 3:6.
We are born of The Spirit and God calls us spirit. If we are spirits, then how are we made?
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Ephesians 4:24.
The new man is the spirit of Christ. We have come out of the old man, the nature of Adam and have received a new nature, the nature of God. We are no longer of the flesh(Adam) but now a new man.
The Above verse says we are created after God, our spirits are created according to God, exactly like God in righteousness and true holiness.
That which is born of Spirit is spirit. If I am spirit, then it means I am created righteous and truly holy.
I am righteous by birth. I am righteous by creation. I am new creation, created righteous and truly holy.
If there is one righteous man left on the earth — I am him by creation.
You see, when you are created a man, you don’t go from being a man to a woman. As long as God is concerned, you are a man forever. You may act like a woman — which many people do — but by nature you are a man forever.
Even so, it is with us. We are created righteous, we sometimes act like we are not righteous and truly holy, but by nature we are righteous and we will remain righteous and truly holy forever.
Look at what it says in the verses;
“But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” Hebrews 12:22-23.
Observe the first statement, ‘but ye are come unto Mount Zion.’ It does not say ‘you are coming’, or ‘you shall come’, but ‘ye are come‘ or “you have come‘.
The powerful names of where you have come are mentioned, and we are told among the names mentioned that we have come to the “Church of the first born” then it ends with “to the spirits of Just men made perfect”
If you are part of the Church today, then your spirit is made perfect. Your spirit is created perfect. We don’t have perfect — perfecter — perfectest!
By my new creation experience, I am born again righteous. Created righteous and truly holy. Created perfect needing no modifications.
Today I satisfied with the work of Jesus. I am fully aware by the Spirit of God that this is my eternal state.
In encounter with The LORD; I saw a Christian escape the trap of the enemy. It was meant to totally destroy his destiny, but God strengthened him and I saw him, with wisdom, escape!
Coming out, the Spirit led me to these verses.
Receive them as God’s to you:
“If it had not been The LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been The LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be The LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of The LORD, who made heaven and earth,” Psalms 124:1-8.
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.