We both spent time with the two of them sharing with them about God’s love and praying for them. One truth that we inculcated in them was that they were the righteousness of God through faith in Christ.
Kay, in particular, would not agree to it no matter what.
“That is blasphemy, how can you say that a human being is righteous? Only God is righteous so how dare you say such a thing?”
“Those were the exact words of Kay when Pastor Abraham mentioned that every child of God is righteous,” I listened as Bertha narrated.
“So what happened after that?” I asked.
“It was a long heated argument until Pastor Abraham asked him to calm down. Then he began to explain it step by step,” Bertha narrated.
“I see,” I said with interest.
“Pastor Abraham said that he was not far from the truth. He agreed that only God is righteous, so no human being could be righteous by themselves. For a person to be righteous, they had to receive Jesus Christ who is the embodiment of righteousness. When a person receives Jesus, he dwells in them as their righteousness before God. The he asked Kay to open his bible to 1 Corinthians 1:30.
He opened it and read it
1 Corinthians 1:30
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Then as if Kay had suddenly seen something he hadn’t seen earlier, he became quiet and more interested to understand what it was all about.” Bertha said.
“Wow!” I remarked.
“Yeah, so Pastor Abraham began to explain to him that righteousness is not right living. Righteousness is the nature of God that makes him God. Also, when a person receives this nature of righteousness, they are able to stand before God without any sense of guilt, shame, and fear. So everyone born of God has inherited God’s righteous nature and is blameless before God. Also, he has the authority to reign in life,”
“He went on to say that, for God to be able to make righteousness available to man, sin had to be dealt with. So Jesus Christ became sin with our sin and died with it. Because he paid for our sins, it made it right for God to give to man his righteous nature.
He, then, told Kay to read;
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Then he told him to read
Romans 3:25 (NLT)
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
Kay read them and kept silent.
Pastor Abraham continued to say that this righteousness was not earned by our good deeds. When a person accepts Christ by faith, he receives this righteousness of God.
He asked Kay to read another verse;
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
“So are you saying we don’t have to do anything at all to be righteous?” Kay finally spoke up.
To be continued…
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