The Doctrine Of Righteousness (4) by Bishop Wale Ajayi

In John 5:9-11, John did not say God is going to give you eternal life. He said God has given you eternal life already! To appreciate this is to understand that when we were sinners, we were dead (Rom. 6:23) but when we placed our faith in Jesus, God put into us the very life of His Son.
Now, what is the implication of this? The Bible clearly states that in Him was no sin (1Pet. 2:22). For example, if I have two personal computers with one having Windows 10 Operating System (OS), and I decide to also install the same Windows 10 OS on the other one, do you know that everything that came with the Windows 10 OS will also be found in the other personal computer? Installing a new Windows 10 OS in a new system is exactly what you also get when you install it on another personal computer.
So Scriptures says ‘in Him was no sin’, that is why in the believer there is no sin. He that is born of God cannot sin (1John 3:9). The man’s sin has been removed. Some can’t believe this because they are still reasoning from their old self. Understand that the life you have now is the life of Christ. In you there is no sin. Raise your mind to that level.
That is what repentance is. Repentance is not to say “I am sorry.” Godly sorrow leads to repentance. It is not repentance that leads to godly sorrow. Repentance is your mind changing and agreeing with Christ. So when you say “Lord, I am sorry,” you have not repented. That is the first step. Repentance is change and change must happen in your mind.
How does change happen in your mind? You must agree with Christ that whatever is not in Him is not in you. If you have His life according to the Word, then whatever is not in Him is not in you, and whatever is in Him is in you.
There is no sickness in Him so it is not in me. It doesn’t matter the symptoms you feel. If He says you don’t have sickness, you don’t have it.
It is like saying a saint fell into sin and that make him a sinner. No! A saint who fell is a saint who fell. A sinner who does good does not become a saint because he does good. He is just a sinner who does good. So when I see such thing in me, I confront it. It is a lie. Those circumstances trying to deny what is true about you are all lies. You deny it. Deny that sickness! Deny that disease! I have the life of God!
The truth is that what is in Christ is in you and what is not in Christ is not in you. If you don’t receive it, you make God a liar (1John 5:9-11). If you are one of those who reason you’re your experience, you make God a liar. Reason from the Word. Paul says in Galatians 2:20 that “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
I have the same Operating System as Christ. No sin in Him, no sin in me. Just as sin is not the will of God, sickness is not the will of God. Don’t hate sin and accommodate sickness. Hate both of them. It has to start in your mind. Reject it.
Do you know what will happen to you? You will live long to a full good old age and when you are ready to die, you will call your family members to inform them that you want to leave.

We have seen previously that righteousness is God’s work (Jer. 51:10) and righteousness is God making me right in His sight. It is not me trying to be right in His sight. God did that in the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross and offered it to all men. You and I that have put faith in Jesus have received it.
God is not holding sin against any man (2Cor. 5:19). David in Romans 4:6 describes the blessed man – the man whom God will not impute sin. Somebody is trying to work out righteousness but he is not getting it. I didn’t work for it but I got it. This is why the Jews are so irritated (Rom. 11). They are working for righteousness but not getting it, but I am not looking for it but I got it.
For example, you want a wrist watch from your dad, so you are doing everything to impress him and waiting for that day he will ask you why are you working so hard and you will say “dad, I want your wrist watch.” Then one day while working, you saw the house boy with the wrist watch you have been working so hard to get and you ask him how he got it and he says “your daddy just gave it to me.” That is what God did. The Jews were working for salvation but didn’t get it, but God says put faith in Jesus and He just gave it to us.

This righteousness is power with God. It means you can access Him anytime. Those who have access to the president of a country are very powerful. Their asset is their power with the president. So people pay them for that access to see the president.
I am trying to let you know that you have power with God. Every believer has power with God. Nobody and no preacher has more righteousness than any believer. It is all a gift.
Our righteousness is forever (Dan. 9:24). There is no day you are more righteous than before. The man who teaches in Bible study and the man who does not teach in Bible study are all righteous. But of course, the man who teaches Bible study or serves in any other capacity by the enablement of God’s grace, gets a reward.

The story of Esau and Jacob captures this matter of righteousness. In Genesis 27, Isaac is about to die and he decides to eat his last food and then bless Esau his first born son, to transfer the Abrahamic blessing. Then their mother found out (Gen. 27:5) and decides it should be Jacob because of the prophesy (Gen. 25:23). She instructed Jacob on what to do and leave the rest for her to handle (Gen. 27:8-17). When Jacob brought the food to Isaac, he spoke but his father said “this is the voice of Jacob,” but Jacob denied and said “no, it is Esau.” So Isaac said come and let me touch you (Gen. 27:18-23). He felt the roughness of his skin and thought it was Esau and went ahead to bless Jacob.
What am I telling you? That is how you come to God covered in Christ. Even the things we offer to God we offer by Christ. Christ makes our offerings acceptable to God.

I learnt a story from Malcolm Smith many years ago, when Papa was still around. Malcolm Smith wrote it in a book. He spoke about what happens when a sheep gives birth. Sometimes the mother sheep gives birth and there is infant mortality (the baby sheep dies) and another sheep gives birth and there is maternal mortality (the mother dies). So you may have a motherless lamb and sheep-less mother. Immediately, the shepherd carries the lamb whose mother is dead and brings it quietly to the sheep that lost her new born lamb, hoping that the mother will quickly think it’s her new born and accept it. But the sheep has sense, so she smells the sheep and when it’s not her new born, she kicks it away.
So the shepherd being wiser than the sheep, decides to skin the dead lamb then use the skin to cover the motherless lamb and bring it back to the mother with the dead lamb. She smells the lamb and brings it close thinking it’s her new born.
That is how you are covered with the righteousness of Christ and it is forever.
People have accused us of making the gospel too easy. Yes, it is easy, “for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30). I am showing you what God accepts and what He accepts is the righteousness He gave you.

Romans 6:1-4 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
What Paul is saying here, is that not only has God changed our nature, He also made us a good tree and we can produce good fruits. In Christ, we are re-created (Eph.2:10, AMP). In Adam we brought forth bad fruits and evil works because of the nature we had, but in Christ we are re-created. We are God’s handiwork and product. The good news is whatever God made is good. God didn’t re-create us with sin or sickness.
Which of the Apostles died of sickness? None!
Did you read that John was put in hot oil and yet he didn’t fry? A venomous viper bit Paul and nothing happened to him (Acts 28:3-6). You are not ordinary. Believe the Word and not the news you hear around you.
“Twenty-nine people died of………….”, “The life expectancy of Africans is……………”
That is not your concern. Stop believing the news around you. Read the Word!

Philippians 1:11 says “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Righteous actions are a fruit of a tree which you are now. So those works of righteousness are from Christ who produces them in us, being enabled by His life in us.

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” (Phil. 2:12-13).

Religious people stop at verse 12, forgetting verse 13. It is the life of God in us that empowers us to do His works. Child of God, let your mind be renewed that you are a good tree.

Righteousness is our advantage. What this means is that by our understanding of righteousness, our prayers are answered. When I pray, God responds.
Our fasting does not make God answer our prayers. Fasting in prayers is not for potency but for accuracy. The purpose of fasting in prayer is not to make it more potent. It is for accuracy for you. In fasting, all distractions are put aside so you can be effective.
It is God who answers prayers by the gift of righteousness. Jesus stood before the grave of Lazarus and said “Father, I thank You because You hear Me always.” He has heard you and He hears you always (James 5:17). The eloquence and the volume of your voice are not important.

1John 3:21-23 says “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”

The commandment is not the Law of Moses. You must read contextually to understand what is being said. What are the commandments?
It is that we should believe on the name of the Son of God and love one another. Now remember, love for one another is the fruit of faith in Him. The reason we can love is because we have faith in Him.

Romans 4:13 says “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
A true preacher will tell you that just as he prays and God hears him, so also as you pray, God hears you.
What qualified Abraham to become the inheritor of the world or to be a blessing to the world?
It was not any effort of his, but through the righteousness of faith. How did he receive this righteousness by faith? Abraham believed what God said about Christ (Gen. 15:1-6) and God credited his account with righteousness.
He had imputed righteousness and not imparted righteousness, for he was still under spiritual death. But we have eternal life. We have both imputed and imparted righteousness. So he received the promise to be the heir of the world after receiving the gift of righteousness.

We receive to receive. We receive the gift of righteousness which qualifies us to receive other promises of God.
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us,” 2Cor. 1:20.
Any promise that concerns you in scriptures is yours! Every promise of long life, healing and favour are all yours!
Christ has fulfilled the condition required for that promise and God has given Christ the promise. If He has fulfilled the conditions, He gets all the promises. In the Old Testament, every promise had a condition (Deut. 11:27- 28, 1 Sam. 12:14-15). So Christ fulfilled the condition and He now has the promise. Your only response to God’s promise is to say ‘I agree’. You don’t do anything to make God’s promise come to pass. Just say yes! ‘I agree’.
You are blessed. “Yes, I agree!” You are healed. “Yes, I agree!” You are anointed. “Yes, I agree!”
You don’t have to wage war to birth it in the place of prayer. You already have the promises.
You are healed! You are anointed! No plagues come near you!
I affirm what has been confirmed. Your amen is your affirming that what God has given you is yours!

Bishop Wale Ajayi

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