The Key to God’s Blessings

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'” (Romans 1:16, 17 NIV)

The Greek word, soteria, translated salvation in verse 16, is a comprehensive term that includes eternal life, forgiveness of sins, health, finances, wisdom, peace and every good thing we need for life and godliness.

When Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, he did so against the background of Judaism, with its emphasis on obedience to the Law, as the means of attaining righteous standing before God. One had to keep the Ten Commandments and all the other sundry laws to qualify for salvation and blessings. Failing in just one area was enough to invoke judgment and punishment under the system of the Law. Anyone who taught anything different would be labeled a blasphemer, punishable by death.

So how do you think devout Jews and religious Gentiles reacted to Paul’s message of salvation by grace through faith? Most religious Jews and Gentiles found His message very offensive and just plain foolishness. Whoever heard of such a thing—of God making sinners righteous in His sight without regard to their performance and their obedience in keeping His commandments!

Religionists have a difficult time believing that righteousness from start to finish is a gift. They desperately want to add some element of human performance to the equation. But human righteousness is as filthy rags. Only Jesus’ perfect righteousness can suffice. That is why He gives it to us rather than requiring us to come up with it on our own.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)

Believing the message that God has made us irreversibly righteous through our faith in Christ, and not through our obedience to the Law, is the key that unlocks the power and favor of God upon us. Paul described it in Romans as “the power of God” that produces salvation. And remember salvation is a comprehensive term for all good things.

In Matthew 6:23, Jesus promised His disciples that if they would seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, everything the Gentiles worried about would be added to them. In other words, if they would make it their priority to receive revelation concerning His gift of righteousness and to build their faith in His righteousness in them, they will not lack for any good thing.

The more you believe that you are righteous by faith and not by works, that being righteous in God’s sight is a gift freely given, not a reward diligently earned, the more you will experience the power of God and every good thing you need for life and godliness will be added unto you. So if you want to increase the flow of grace and power in your life, make developing your faith in God’s gift of righteousness your number priority.

Never forget this. The key to God’s blessings is the revelation of the gift of righteousness.

5 Comments on “The Key to God’s Blessings”

  1. Amen and Amen, and Amen!

    “.. In the Gospel, the Righteousness of God is revealed.”

    – not the sinfulness of man is revealed.
    – not the Morality man has to follow is revealed
    – not the Laws or commandments is revealed
    – not the obedience man needs to perform is revealed

    The Righteousness of God is Jesus. Jesus is revealed in the Gospel.

    If we are preaching Morality, Obedience,
    The Law & commandments, 10 steps to living life,
    How to be a good parent

    then we are not preaching the Gospel.

    We do not preach Morality, we do not use the Bible to preach Morality
    we not we preach Morality in the pulpit.

    rather we preach Jesus, more of Jesus, messages focused on Jesus.
    the pulpit is for unveiling Jesus. The bible is for unveiling Jesus

    then faith comes,
    “because faith comes by hearing and hearing the gospel about Jesus”

    if faith has come, then righteousness it is.

    for the righteous by faith shall live!

    then Morality follows, good parenting follows, obedience is effortless
    righteous works follows, healing follows, financial breakthrough follows

    We do not use faith to get healing

    we use faith to believe “we are righteous by the blood of Jesus”
    “then all these things shall be added unto you”

    that is why “we seek first …. HIS righteousness”

    so sorry.. thats a mouthful

    great post!

    – grace and peace

  2. No way i cant, am proud of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I promise to always be in Jesus name.
    Thank you Bishop.

    Precious H.N. Jackson.

  3. Thanks Bishop for sharing this mind blowing reality of what is important: God’s gift of righteousness for mankind and that by pursuing righteousness through faith every good thing can be mine.

  4. Thank you bishop the powerful teaching. I am so thankful to God, that he made me righteous through Christ Jesus.

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