We must speak of two expressions of God’s righteousness. The first is what the Bible calls“Imputed Righteousness,” and the second is “Imparted Righteousness.” When a repentant sinner comes to God by Jesus Christ and repents of sin, righteousness is imputed to that soul.“But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;…” (Romans 4:24) Our Father actually looks at that sinner who is fully ready to believe and surrender to Christ and imputes to them Christs’ righteousness and makes him or her just as clean and pure as Christ Himself. This is why a drug addict, a drunkard or any unclean person can kneel before God and be transformed instantly. Drug addicts can leave such a place of surrender and be free in a moment. A harlot woman or an unclean man will, in a flash, be a new person wanting no more of this world’s filth. This is “Imputed Righteousness”. It is a clean heart and mind by Christ’s Blood. This is the kind of convertions the church once had by the thousands and they literally transformed communities.
God by Christ, imputes righteousness to every person who comes to Christ a sinner, repenting and believing. I have watched these new believers with this miracle of “Imputed Righteousness” and they transform the atmosphere in the church. All they want is more and more of Christ and His Word. These are called, “new born babes.” Apostle Peter said, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:…” (I Peter 2:2) New born Christians give new life to the work of God.
It must be remembered that “Imputed Righteousness”is God’s way of bringing the young Christian to “Imparted Righteousness.” “Imparted Righteousness” is God’s plan to make you a powerful saint and to use you to change others to know Christ. Righteousness is God’s power and holiness in you and His plan to send Holy Ghost revival. Saints are not just good people, they are righteous and possessed with the likeness of Christ. Saints are called Christians because they are Christ-like.
Apostle Paul said by the Holy Ghost, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thessalonians 5:23) Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) This is a lifelong pursuit. Our keeping of God’s commandments and truth is good and absolutely must fill your desires, but “His righteousness is forever the action of His Blood, His Holy Word, and His Holy Spirit.” I do not care how good you live you are not Godly and righteous in your own goodness. Godly righteousness is His power in you, every hour and every day. This glorious righteousness will bring the blessings of God in all you are and do. It is beauty to your face, it is purity in your voice, it is strength in your testimony and it is joy in your worship.
Please listen to this sermon and grow in the life of God. These followings verses have been the lifelong joy of my life.“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms !:1-3)