Develop a Righteous Mind
You Have Been Made the Righteousness of God
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (v.17). “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” (v. 21).
Colossians 1:12-13 – “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
New creation (Greek): new species of being
You are not an old remodeled building but a new one.
The reason for the new creation was so that fellowship between God and man might be restored.
You are not just a forgiven sinner, but a new being that never existed before.
Colossians 2:13-14 – “And you, being dead in your sins…hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing itto his cross.”
We Are to Reign as Kings
Romans 5:17 – “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.”
Most Christians are allowing life to reign over them.
The child or heir of the king has the same rights and authority as the king.
You have rights and privileges because you are born of the Spirit of God. You have birth rights.
Ephesians 2:5-6 – “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ… And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus was justified in the Spirit and so were we.
1 Timothy3:16 – “…manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit…”
Romans 3:21-27 – “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (v.24). “…that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (v.26).
Developing a Righteousness Consciousness
Hebrews 10:1-2 – “…because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins” (v.2).
Hebrews 9:11-14 – “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (v.14)
Under the Law, the sacrifices only covered their sins. If they had cleansed the people, then they would not have a sin consciousness.
The blood of Jesus remitted sin so we would not have a sin consciousness.
1 Corinthians 15:34 – “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
You should develop a righteousness consciousness to the point that you don’t have to stop and think about it; you just simply react as Jesus did because of His right standing.
Jesus Had a Righteousness Consciousness
It is ridiculous for you to think that Satan could put sickness on Jesus as He was the righteousness of God.
It should be equally ridiculous for you to think Satan could put sickness on you since you also are the righteousness of God.
Jesus knew the privileges of His right standing.
Example: at the tomb of Lazarus
A sin consciousness will produce defeat, and a righteousness consciousness will produce victory.
The Apostle Paul Was Aware of His Right Standing
2 Corinthians 7:2 – “Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.”
Paul is speaking as a new creation.
A Righteousness Consciousness Will Develop Your Prayer Life
Your prayer life will become fellowship with the Father.
Hebrews 4:16 – “…come boldly unto the throne…”
1 Peter 3:12 – “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers…”
James 5:16 – …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much