On a mission trip to Eastern Mexico, our team conducted a series of meetings in churches, as well as outreach efforts in a few coastal villages. I remember vividly discussions we had about Jesus’ statements recorded in John 16. Jesus said, “When the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement.” The discussion led to the topic of righteousness, and what it means to be a righteous person.
Convicted of Righteousness
In some of the church meetings, we would often ask for a show of hands of all those who saw themselves as being righteous. (The question was primarily to provoke some thought and discussion). Very few people would raise their hands. It was a great starting place to explore and explain what it means to be made a righteous person. From Scripture, we know that God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The Righteous shall Flourish
The Psalmist tells us that the righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and still bear fruit in old age. James says that the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person produces much fruit. So, for many in the church today, an important question is, what does it mean to be righteous and how does one become righteous? There are numerous references throughout Scripture about righteousness and the righteous. The Apostle Paul wrote that, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things may have an abundance for every good work.” Later he mentions multiplying the seed you have sown and increasing the fruits of your righteousness.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jerry Wiles