I heard, “You are being rescued!”
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians.
We saw from our previous discussion what the apostle Paul declared, that Christ becomes ineffective in the life of whosoever is justified by the law.
Then we hear,
“For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith,” Galatians 5:5.
The above verse says something incredible. The apostle says “we through the Spirit”
If anyone one would have had a reason to seek justification through the works of The Law, it was the apostles.
Although they were Jews, grew up under The Law, yet, they at the Revelation of Jesus by The Spirit, were wholly submitted to the righteousness of faith.
The statement “Wait for the hope of righteousness by faith” does not mean they were not at this time efficaciously righteous.
But this is speaking of the glory to be revealed at the return of Christ. The total manifestation of The Kingdom of God, when our humble LORD and brother, the kinsman redeemer, returns for salvation and no longer for sin.
There are seemingly two kinds of righteousness, the righteousness of The Law which genders to bondage and the righteousness of God which comes to us by faith.
The righteousness of The Law is not actual, but a supposed righteousness, because there never has existed a law given to which righteousness could come by.
“Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law,”Galatians 3:21.
It is actually a self-righteousness, because it declares you are justified by your works. You live in it, and if you can’t possibly live in it you die in it.
“For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of The Law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them,”Romans 10:5.
If it had life in it, we would have received life and righteousness by living in its requirements. But it was meant to lead to the death of self. Hence, instead of living in it, men died in it and were held captive in its coffin.
“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held,”Romans 7:6.
Then we have the righteousness of God which comes by faith in Christ Jesus. This is the true and only righteousness.
Here the the wretched sinner is justified freely by the free Grace of God without the works of the law, to which all the apostles looked to for salvation.
This righteousness has nothing to do with the works of the law. It is the fulfilment of the law, the fulfilment of the entire justice of God for the sinner by Christ.
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by The Law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference,”Romans 3:21-22.
Observe the statement, “for there is no difference….”
The apostle says, we all, even though Jews, together with you, have put our hope in the righteousness of faith which comes unto all and upon all who believe, making no distinction.
Once you believe in the Son of God, this righteousness comes upon you while the law stands watching.
It stands powerless before righteousness of God, even though you lack the ability to meet up with the demands of the law, your faith in Christ fulfills it and beyond.
The Moment you believe in Jesus, you are in for it. The righteousness of God comes to you and lands upon you, making you eternally qualified to approach the throne of grace, to access your inexhaustible inheritance in Christ.
The truth is that, the greatest apostle that ever lived, Paul was not more righteous than you. He was not more qualified than you as you can hear him confess.
The apostle Peter was not more qualified than you. They had no other special standing with God, but in the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Now that you have believed in Jesus, you are the righteousness of God in Christ, made holy and fit for kingdom exploits!
See you tomorrow….
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a Child of God with a lot of issues upon his body fall into a pit as he went there to do some work.
He had been taken through a tunnel of water into to this pit that was covered with hard concrete.
It looked as though he was dead in this pit.
But I saw how The LORD sent two Angels, and I saw how one of the Angels with a sharp digger, broke open the covering on this pit.
To my surprise this Child of God was found still alive in the pit. And his life was rescued.
I was led to:
“He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword,” Job 33:18.
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone,” Psalm 91:11-12.
Then The LORD said, “My Child, holy and beloved of your Father, I see the issues upon your life. I see that they have taken you down to where it now looks as though you won’t be able to come out. I see that your situation looks as though you are dead in it.
But listen my dear Child, I have been keeping you all along, and I have not let go of my hand upon you. I AM with you and still keeping you even from perishing even in this pit.
Your life is precious to Me, it has cost Me even the death of My Firstborn, the Son of My Love.
You will not be lost in this battle, I have given My Angels charge over you, and you are being rescued from the sword of your adversaries.
They are keeping you in all your ways. See, you are being borne up in their hands out of the pit, lest you be hurt by the evil one.”
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.