Righteousness is not something that grows up and becomes. It’s a gift you received the moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Romans 5:17 says, “For if by one man’s trespass [ Adam’s] death reigned through him, then how much more with those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign and live through the One, Jesus Christ.“ Just as you can’t buy a Volkswagen and hope it will grow up and become a Cadillac, you can’t gradually become righteous. You were re-created in Christ Jesus–made the righteousness of God in Him, by faith. You receive this gift by faith. What will happen when you do? This scripture says you shall “reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.“ The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says “reign as kings in life.“ can you hear the authority there? There is no fear of failure in righteousness. There is no fear at all in righteousness. Fear comes from sin consciousness.
Jesus, the Anointed of God, is the second Person in the Godhead. He is The WORD, who was in the beginning with God (John 1:2). All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made (verse 3). God told the devil in the Garden of Eden that there would be One coming who would bruise his head (Genesis 3:15).
And generations later God told his covenant partner Abraham that in his seed all the nations of the world would be blessed (Genesis 22:18; 26:4). Throughout the Old Testament He spoke through the mouths of the prophets, calling those things that were not as though they were, that this Messiah (Hebrew: Meshiach; ha meshiach: The Anointed One) was coming (Isaiah 7:14; 53:1-12; 61:1-2; Micah 5:2; Malachi 4:6; Romans 4:17). Moses said, referring to Him, in Deuteronomy 18:15, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like me. You must listen to him.”
This God kind of love and glory is only spiritually discerned by the born-again believer, filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The world considers it foolishness. “But unto us which are saved it is the power of God“ (1 Corinthians 1:18, KJV). Jesus knew and communicated the Father and His love to His disciples. They didn’t fully understand, but they knew the Father had sent Him. He declared to them the Name of the Father and all the Name could do. And then He prayed for them and us (John 17:20), that the love with which the Father loves Jesus may be in us, and Jesus in us. Learn to rest in His love for you and to walk in and allow its power to flow through you to help and minister the same life-changing, life-giving power to others around you wherever you go!
“That they may behold my glory” (KJV). What is the glory? It is the manifested power and presence of God. God is love. And “whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). Jesus is talking about the love between Him and the Father–the glory. He is asking the Father to allow His disciples and us (John 17:20) to behold and experience that glorious love and to live in its powerful, life-giving, life-changing power. Heaven is lit by, filled with, and functions by His glory. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” This glorious, world-overcoming, healing, and delivering power and glory of God is in us!
Now Jesus expects the Body of Christ to do the same works, and even greater than He did because He went to the Father (John 14:12). In other words, the same Holy Spirit in Jesus who did the works through The WORD is in us. He said, “Whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my Commandments” (John 14:13-15, KJV). It’s all connected. In essence, He said, “If you love Me, do what I tell you to do.” That’s the way you walk in John 14:12.
The miracle of the new birth is that God Himself, by the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside your re-created human spirit (John 14:17). You become His son or daughter, and He loves you just as much as He loves your blood-covenant Brother, Jesus. That revelation is so astounding, rich, and empowering! The same love wherewith God the Father loves the spotless, sinless Jesus, a resurrected man, is the way He loves you, His son or daughter. And He has entrusted to you that same love in your spirit (Romans 5:5) and under your command, with which to love others (John 13:34-35). You have the same authority to forgive those who have come against, hurt, or offended you–just as Jesus did (Luke 23:34). The world is to see this kind of love in you and realize the only reason for it is because you belong to Him. This covenant bond is what sets believers apart from the world and forges an inseparable and powerful connection that, when believers walk in it’s fullness, becomes irresistible because love–God’s love in us–never fails
(1 Corinthians 13:8).
God warned the children of Israel to keep His covenant and His testimonies so they would be protected from the curse. God is not the author of the curse, but the Redeemer of His people under its power. “If there had been no sin, there would be no curse” (Isaiah 33:24; 35:5-6). The curse was a powerful force. It had overtaken the whole world. God was not being hard or demanding in putting a burden on His people through His statutes and ordinances. But only a power greater than the evil could stop the effect of the curse. That power is The WORD of God. The keeping of God’s covenant was Israel’s only deliverance.
Jesus, The WORD made flesh, gave Himself as the sacrifice to redeem mankind from the curse. He was made the curse–made to be sin for us.