As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” – 2 Peter 1:3-4
The Kingdom of God and His Righteousness
The instructions from the Lord in Matthew 6:33 was explicit,
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
This is one of the commonest scriptures known to most Christians, but it is intriguing how the average child of God usually remembers the first component of the “Kingdom of God” but becomes completely amnesic of the other essential component of “His righteousness.” The divine owner’s manual stipulates that these two indispensable components must be discovered to enable the child of God live an abundant life on the earth.
The Righteousness of God
As we learned from the scriptures yesterday, at salvation, the child of God becomes the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. They receive the nature of God in their spirits. It is evident from scripture that when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, sin infiltrated deeply into the molecular level and irreparably altered the genetic composition of man. This is the reason why the word of God says in Romans 5:12,
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
The only component of humans that is passed from one generation to another is their genetic material. Satan introduced an altered gene of sin into Adam that was passed on to all men at birth in the spiritual realm, and therefore David correctly remarked in Psalm 51:5 (NLT),
For I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me
and the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:23,
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
The good news is that the Lord Jesus Christ did not only become sin on the Cross for our redemption, but He performed the first gene therapy by reintroducing the “gene of righteousness” or God’s nature in the place of the alteration of sin. Therefore, according to Romans 5:19,
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
We give glory to God that through the new birth in the Kingdom of God by faith, the child of God had the gene of sin substituted by the gene of righteousness. By faith, you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and you have the nature of God. You can and should express the nature of God in all your circles of influence on the earth. The nature of God is to express
- holiness and righteous acts,
- heal the sick,
- cast out demons,
- cleanse the lepers,
- raise the dead,
- be prosperous on the earth,
- be a divine Oasis of refreshing,
- and myriad divine virtues.
Now, like every divine virtue or gift in the Kingdom of God, “His righteousness” is received in the spiritual realm and must be manifested in the physical realm by faith. There is a God-ward and a man-ward part to earnestly seeking God’s righteousness. God did His part by making us His righteousness when we sought Him at salvation. Our part on earth is to become conscious of this inherited nature of God and earnestly seek and appropriate His incredible promises as stated in today’s scripture reading that says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” These exceedingly great and precious promises are available to you through the pages of the Bible and other media.
Let’s start seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and witness the world turned upside down for the Lord in our generation. “Flow, Oasis of righteousness, Flow!”
© 2019 Pastor Dr. Isaac Paintsil,
Sr. Pastor, Christ’s Oasis Ministries International.