Submitting To God’s Righteousness, Part 6of10, Evans Olang

Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”

The bible says James 4:6. “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble”. The humble will submit to the righteousness of God. Watch this, 2Samuel 24:17, “Then David spoke to the Lord when he saw the angel striking the people, and said, “SURELY I HAVE SINNED, AND I HAVE DONE WICKEDLY; BUT THESE SHEEP, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? LET YOUR HAND, I PRAY, BE AGAINST ME…” David was not justifying himself neither was he seeing that he was being rubbed the wrong way, he saw God serving justice over what he did and he understood that he deserved justice and that humbled him. When a sinner sees his sin in its true state and sees that he deserves hell because of God’s justice, he will truly appreciate the sacrifice offered on his behalf. A sinner will never fully appreciate grace until he understands how exceedingly his sin is and the cost to make things right. David saw his sin as exceedingly sinful when he was plagued (value of the law) and how many had to die because of what he did (the cost) so is with us, when we understand why Christ had to go to the cross, we will see the cost to appreciate the sacrifice. If a sinner does not understand what he is being saved from, he will not fully appreciate what he is being saved for. We are saved from the wrath to come. If God is to serve justice on us on judgment day, we will not make it, Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…” , Hebrews 9:27, “God commands everyone everywhere to repent because He has set a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness”. God’s judgment will be based on righteousness and not happiness as many think and if at all we were never made righteous, He will serve justice. Christ paying for all the laws I ever broke, forgiving me of my sins and Him coming into my life is the means by which I have passed from death to life. On the Day of Judgment, I will only make it because of the righteousness of God through Christ in me. The bible says, “Christ in us, the hope of glory”. 2Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God”. He is the parachute that will save me from the sure death and because of that, I have deep joy in my heart.

Romans 10:3, “for they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God”. To sum it up, “Without repentance, there can be no salvation” and a person cannot see their sin in its true state unless they see and understand God’s righteousness. A sinner cannot know God’s righteousness unless the law is read to them exposing their self-righteousness that they submit to the righteousness of God.

It is not about making decisions and commitments, it’s about God’s righteousness exposing my sinful state that I may say like Isaiah, “woe unto me…” and David, “I have surely sinned and done wickedly” then pleading for grace and mercy, desiring the forgiveness of Christ. God’s law takes away our ignorance of His righteousness and humbles us to submit to His. So why did I see many fall away from their faith? it’s because the gospel fell on stony ground, aiming for decision rather than repentance. In that case, the seed cannot be blamed for not taking root. The seed is for a prepared ground and that is why Psalm 19:7 does the job of getting the ground ready, “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul”. It empties us of our self-righteousness dangling us before the jaws of hell and we cry to God, “be merciful to me a sinner” and He gives us grace to lift us up from the pits of hell. I can now look back and see that the ones who stood, their grounds were already prepared long before I met them and shared with them. They were searching, they had hit rock bottom and all they needed was the Savior’s righteousness to submit to and that is what saved them. How about the self-righteous?, the law will cause them to hit rock bottom, declare them bankrupt and grace fills their empty accounts Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it’s by grace that you’ve been saved through faith and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast of”. I am glad for what I am saved FOR and FROM. Grace outdoes sin, it lifts us higher than the place from which we fell. The law traces sin up to our heart; grace traces its own origin to God. Grace is the medicine that heals the sickness of sin. Give anyone medicine when they do not think or feel they are sick and see if they will value and take in the medicine. Show them how very sick they are and they will take the medicine in no time, make use of it and appreciate the sacrifice someone had to go to get the medicine. To continue, blessings Ev

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