by: Tom Lo
This is an excerpt from the book, "The Two Kinds of Life," by EW Kenyon.
Of all the wealth that is known to the human heart, there is nothing that equals this: that Jesus declares through the apostle Paul that we are His Righteousness. I cannot grasp it. We are His Righteousness. How precious we must be to Him! He once became our righteousness. He once declared us righteous by His resurrection from the dead. Now He goes beyond the declaration and makes that a reality. 2 Cor. 5:21: "Him who knew no sin lie made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." We have become the righteousness of God in Him. 1 Cor. 1 :30: "But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."
Note these three blessed facts:
God becomes our righteousness. Rom. 3:26.
Jesus is made righteous for us. 1 Cor. 1 :30.
And we have become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor. 5:21.
Gal. 2:20: "That life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me." He loved me. He gave Himself up for me. What love is revealed here! He not only redeemed me and sanctified me. but now before heaven He says, "I am that man's Redemption. I am that man's sanctification." Then I can hear His voice rise to notes of utter triumph when He shouts, "I am His Righteousness and His Wisdom. This is all His work. It is not of man's works lest he should say, "I had a share in that." Your repenting, crying, and weeping had naught to do with your righteousness or your redemption.
You stand complete in Him, in all the fulness of His great, matchless life. Romans 8:33, 34 is the climax of the revelation of our Redemption: "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?" You are God's elect. Jesus and the Father have elected you and now He says, "Who shall lay anything to the charge of my own son or my daughter?" There is only one person of any standing before the Supreme Court who could lay anything to your charge. That is Jesus, and He will not do it. "Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us?" Can't you see the wealth of your position?
Can't you see the riches of the glory of your inheritance in Christ? You are in Him.
All that He planned in Jesus is a heart reality now. There is no condemnation for you.
There is no judgment for you. There is no fear of death for you. Why? Because death is simply swinging the portals open for you to march in triumph into the presence of your Father. 1 John 4:18 grips the heart: "There is no fear in love: but perfect love casts out fear." In Christ we have received Eternal Life, the Nature of our Father. That Nature is Love. That Love is perfect. Our human love is imperfect. His love is "agapa," the love that makes life beautiful. You may not perfectly understand or perfectly enter into it, but it is His perfect Love, and it is all yours now.
1 Cor. 12:12: "For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ." We are so one with Him that we are called Christ. The Church is called the "Christ ones." He is the Vine. You are the branches. John 15:5: "I am the vine, you are the branches; he that abides in me, and I in him the same bears much fruit." As the branch is to the vine, so are you to the heart of Jesus. You are utterly one with Him. All this time you have been thinking about your sin, about your weakness, and your failings. Hear Him whisper to your heart now from Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus."
If you are Born Again, you are "in Christ."
You are a conqueror.
You are free from condemnation.
You are the righteousness of God in Him.
You are the fullness of God in Him.
You are complete in Him.
The wealth of His glory, the wealth of His riches, have never been sounded.
You are righteous.
There is no sin-consciousness for you.
There is no inferiority complex for you.
You are now in Christ, the very righteousness of God.
You can use the Name of Jesus without fear.
You can do as Peter did in Acts 3:5, 6:
"And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, `Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.' " You can swing free. John 16:23, 24: "If you shall ask anything of the Father, He will give it you in my Name."
John 15:7 is yours now: "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever you will, and it shall be done unto you." You are in Him. He is in you. His Word abides in you. You are His Righteousness. You are His Life. You can do His works now. John 14:12, 13: "Greater things than these shall you do; because I go unto the Father. And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the son."
You take your place.
You use the Name to heal the sick.
His death was not in vain. His suffering was not in vain.
You stand complete in His completeness, filled with His fullness.
You are filled with His holiness. His grace is yours.
Hebrews 4:14-16 can become a reality in you: "Having then a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession."
The word here is not "profession" but "confession." Christianity is called "the great confession." Your confession is what you are in Christ. All that we have said to you is a reality. You hold fast to it. The adversary will try to make you deny your confession. He will try to make you confess anything rather than this. He will try to make you confess weakness and failure and want. But you hold fast to your confession: "My God does supply every need of mine." Phil. 4:19. You stand by that confession.
Phil. 4:13: "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." You make the declaration that He is the strength of your life. Say it aloud to yourself until you get accustomed to hearing it. 1 Peter 2:24: "Who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed." You died unto sins with Christ on that cross; you arose to walk in righteousness; and by His stripes you are healed. When Jesus arose from the dead, healing belonged to you. Hold fast to your confession in the face of every assault of the enemy. You rebuke it in the Name of Jesus.
You walk in the Way of Righteousness, which means acting and living as though the Word was spoken to you by Jesus. That is the way of victory. That is the way where you cast out demons and disease in the Name of Jesus. Every disease that has afflicted a Christian could have been healed if there had been anyone who had dared to walk in righteousness for that believer, who would have dared to walk in the fullness of his privileges in Christ. The devil could have been driven out and healing could have been his. Hebrews 4:15, 16: "For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace."
You are invited to come now to the throne room and sit with the Master and with the Father. You are to come boldly. Don't come creeping in. Don't come in confessing your sin, bewailing your weakness and failures. Put on the new garment. Dress fittingly to appear before the throne. You are the sons and daughters of God Almighty without condemnation. You will find mercy and grace to help in time of need.