Faith Christian Temple Church - Company Message
TEXT: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. (Second Corinthians 5:21)
TOPIC: Your righteousness
INTRODUCTION:The wicked worketh a deceitful work:
but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. (Proverbs 11:18)
 There are two kinds of righteousness. There is your righteousness, and there is God’s righteousness. The term in general means having the attributes or characteristics of right living.
One person’s concept of right living or living  the right way may be entirely different from another person’s belief of right living or righteousness. Believe it or not some people or individuals  may believe that it is right to speak their minds regardless how other people may feel. Some people may feel they it’s okay to use what means necessary to get ahead in life regardless who may get hurt in the process.
Perhaps some may believe that they may choose or pick whatever law they want to obey or disobey without regard to consequences. There are plenty examples of man’s idea of righteousness or more accurately self-righteousness. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof  the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)
POINT ONE:  What is God’s righteousness?
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these thing. (Philippians 4:8) 
What is God’s right way of living? According to God’s right way of living you should  think, do and be those things that are from above, that are imparted from the very nature of  God—truth, honor, justice, purity, love, and goodness. The attributes of our God should also be reflected in us as children of God. He is always right in all His ways. He is the epitome of righteousness.
His name, His banner over us is, “the Lord is our righteousness,” which brings great power and safety: “In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD is our righteousness.'” (Jeremiah 33:16)
 If we are in Him and if He is in us we are living out His very righteousness because we were created in His image to be holy and righteous. We too, as His people, will be called “the Lord is our righteousness.
POINT TWO:  Who needs righteousness? Jesus gives us  a clear picture of what righteousness looks like in Matthew 5:1-12 and one may examine him or herself to see if they are a living example of godly righteousness.
 This passage of scripture reads: 1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Do you possess the righteousness of God? Now there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ.
POINT THREE: Where does righteousness come from?
John 1:1-12 says,  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. 
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:11-12)
 But Jesus took our sin and unrighteousness on Himself, so that in Him we can be made clean: For our sake he (God) made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (Second Corinthians 5:21)
POINT FOUR: How do we receive righteousness?
With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
(Psalm 119:10)  There is great reward in pursuing His righteousness: Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” (Proverbs 21:21)
First John 1:5-8 says,This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
CONCLUSION: In closing, Now, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

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