The Gift of Righteousness !

     “For if by one man’s offense (Adam’s transgression) death reigned by one; much more they which receive (by faith) abundance of Grace (the Divine Influence) and the Gift of righteousness shall reign in Life by One, even Christ Jesus ! . . . For as by one man’s disobedience many (all together) were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous . . . !”     – Romans 5:17-19

“To believe that righteousness is given for your sin, when you ask forgiveness, and thankfully to receive that righteousness as the gift of God –this is what it is to exercise faith. Yet how true it is that “we suffer much trouble and grief because of our unbelief and of our ignorance of how to exercise faith . . .”

For the righteousness of God is revealed . . . to faith.”     Romans 1:17.

Faith is complete dependence upon the Word of God, expecting that Word to do what the Word Itself says.

Is there, then, righteousness spoken by the Word of God, so that people can depend completely upon that Word, that the Word shall accomplish what the Word says? There is. Indeed, that is the very object of the gift of Christ. For Him “God hath set forth . . . to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Romans 3:25.

Seeing then that God hath set forth Christ expressly to declare, to speak, the righteousness of God, it is certain that the Word of God has been spoken, upon which there can be complete dependence, expecting that Word to do what that Word says. In other words, there is Righteousness that can be received by faith. Wherein is this Word spoken? It is spoken in the word “forgiveness.” “He is faithful and Just to forgive us our sins;” “there is forgiveness with Thee . . . that Thou mayest be feared !” I John 1:9 & Psalm 130:4

Now what is the meaning of forgive? The Word “forgive” is composed of “for” and “give,” which other-wise is ‘give for.’ To forgive, therefore, is simply to give for (to give in exchange for). For the LORD to forgive sin is to give for sin. But what does the LORD give for sin? He declares “His righteousness for the remission of sins.”

Therefore when the LORD forgives –gives for–sin, He gives righteousness for sin. And as the only righteousness that the LORD has is His own, it follows that the only righteousness that God gives, or can give, for sin is the righteousness of God.

This is the righteousness of God as a gift. As all men have only sinned and if they are ever clear must have forgiveness entirely free, and as the forgiveness of sin –the righteousness of God given for sin –is entirely free–this is the righteousness of God as a free gift “upon all men unto justification of (to show, regard, and render as innocent, just, righteous and free) life.” Romans 5:18.

Every soul, therefore, who ever asks God for forgiveness of sin, in that very thing asks God to give him righteousness (in exchange) for sin. Every soul who asks God for forgiveness asks it solely upon the Word of God, which speaks forgiveness. And faith is entire dependence upon the Word for what the Word speaks. Thus righteousness is altogether of (by) faith.

“Every one that asketh receiveth” Matthew 7:8. You have asked the LORD many a time to forgive your sins; that is, you have asked him to give for your sin. But when you ask the LORD to give for your sin, in that you

ask Him to give the only thing that He does or can give for sin, which is righteousness. That is what it is to ask forgiveness of the LORD.

And He does forgive –He does give for– your sins when you ask Him. He says He does, and He does. “He is faithful” –that is, He will never fail –“and Just to forgive us our sins.” And the only thing He gives for sins is His righteousness.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory ! . . . And this is the name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !”                       John 1:14 & Jeremiah 23:6

Then why not thank Him for the righteousness that He freely gives you for your sins when you ask Him to? Do you not see that Righteousness by faith is just as plain and simple as the asking God for forgiveness of sin? (and believing that He does, just exactly as His Word says), Indeed, it is just that !

To believe that righteousness is given for your sin, when you ask forgiveness, and thankfully to receive that righteousness as the gift of God –this is what it is to exercise faith. Yet how true it is that “we suffer much trouble and grief because of our unbelief and of our ignorance of how to exercise faith.” – Ellen G. White,  {RH, October 18, 1898 par. 7}

“Hast thou faith?”   Have the faith of God. “Here are they that keep . . . the faith of Jesus !”

– A.T. Jones, RH Mar. 14, 1899

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